Chamomile, the sacred herb
Chamomile is the common name for various Asteraceae plants (daisy like). The camomile was cultivated by ancient Egyptians and ancient Greeks named these plants chamaimelon, “ground apples” and used to flavour beverages and wines with their aromas, or as air freshners for living habitats and community buildings.
Romans used chamomilla to appease their gods, through incense. They also this “sacred plant” to aromatise beverages served during gatherings, public festivals, etc.
In modern times, chamomile plants still hold their value and various benefits, in both cosmetics and medicinal development.
Chamomilla’s secret ingredients
Chamomile has several secret elements, with demonstrated properties and effects that overall body and mind health.
For example, apigenin, a flavonoid (chemical compound) found in chamomile as well as in other vegetables and fruits, helps the central nervous system relax and eases the cardiovascular activity, lowering the high blood pressure and decreasing the blood clots risk. Apigenin may help decrease the risk several cancer types (leukemia, bladder and stomach cancer, etc).
Another example is coumarin, an organic compound with excellent anticoagulant properties, also used moderately as a flavorant agent for tobacco products. In high amounts, coumarin can affect kidney and liver functions, due to high toxicity.
Luteolin is another flavonoid present in chamomilla (as well as in carrots, peppermint, olive oil, rosemary, oregano, celery), with antioxidant properties, that promote a better metabolism (by improving the burning of carbohydrates). It is also an anti-inflammatory and anti-septic agent.
Chamomile Health Benefits and Uses
To improve health or soothe health problems, the chamomile plant is used and processed in several marketable products, from tinctures, aromatic essential oils and creams, pharmaceutical pills, teas and infusions.
Chamomilla has several common uses in aromatherapy. It alleviates the symptoms of anxiety, respiratory problems, panic attacks, it removes headaches, migraines, and it promotes a sound sleep.
It is also great to maintain oral hygene and treat mounth problems such as sores, gum abbrasions.
Chamomile is a great remedy for stomach problems (bloating, flatulence), ulcers, mestrual cramps.
Externally, as cosmetic application solutions, chamomile oils and creams help treat burns (think sunburn) and rashes, skin irritations and wounds. It also reduces the inflammation of hemorrhoids. Chamomile creams are also used to provide care and color retention of blond hair.
Any side effects and risks?
The most common way of benefiting from this plant is by drinking a refreshing chamomile tea or by ingesting capsules. There are interactions with other pills or pharmaceutical products (especially blood thinners, aspirin, sedatives), so make sure you get advice from your doctor, if you have health problems.
Camomile has several (internal and external) health benefits to consider upon. Have you tasted a camomile tea yet?