Take Chamomile and Keep Calm
Botanical name: Matricaria chamomilla
Take Chamomile and Keep Calm
Who hasn’t heard of chamomile before? If you have then you probably know that it has great benefits for calming down, but do you know what this plant can truly do for your body and mind? It’s time to find out!
What Is Really Chamomile?
The name chamomile is used to refer to the daisy-like flowers of the Asteraceae family. There are several types of chamomile, such as wild chamomile, field chamomile, Moroccan chamomile, or Cape chamomile. The first one, wild chamomile, or Matricaria chamomilla, and Chamomila nobile or Roman chamomile, are the most commonly used species.
This plant has been known for centuries, and its use can be tracked to Roman, Egyptian, and Greek times, where it was used as a sedative and calming agent. Chamomile plants are native to countries like Germany, Egypt, France, Spain, Italy, Morocco, and parts of Eastern Europe.
Breaking Down Chamomile
The chamomile plant has amazing beneficial properties thanks to its components. This herb is made up of volatile oils, such as alpha-bisabolol, alpha-bisabolol oxides A and B, as well as matricin.
Other active ingredients include bioflavonoids apigenin, luteolin, and quarcetin.
All of these ingredients contribute to chamomile’s health benefits, including anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and muscle-relaxing effects.
Have Some Chamomile for Your Brain
Chamomile tea and chamomile derivatives are used for several aspects of our cognitive health. While most people know how calming chamomile can be, it also has other positive impacts on our brains:
- Anxiety: because chamomile chemicals, such as chrysin, bind to GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid) in the brain, we feel a calming effect. This herb reduces brain activity and reduces anxiety.
- Depression: similarly to GABA, chamomile acts on monoamine neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine. By binding to these, chamomile relieves depression linked to anxiety and insomnia.
- Sleep: chamomile’s effect on serotonin improves sleep cycles, but it also helps improve sleep by affecting the neuroendocrine system where melatonin is released when it’s time for sleeping. Melatonin is essential I regulating sleep-wake cycles, and chamomile helps regulate its production.
- Learning: though chamomile is calming to our bodies and brains, it also has a positive effect on our cognitive performance. The same neurohormones that regulate sleep also play a role in cognition. This herb’s involvement in the neuroendocrine system allows us to have better memory, and synapses for learning.
- Mood: this herb can be used to improve symptoms of depression and sadness by helping our nervous system relax and our sleeping cycles align better. If we sleep more and worry less then we are in a better mood, and chamomile does just this.
Chamomile for Your Entire Body
As with other plants and herbs, chamomile is good not only for your brain, but also for your body. While this plant is certainly calming, it’s also a powerful medicine for your whole health. These are some benefits:
- Skin: chamomile has proven to be a great treatment for skin conditions such as eczema, minor burns, and sunburn. When used as a cream or lotion, chamomile is an effective way to reduce inflammation. Also, when treating cuts and wounds, it can help speed up healing and reduce risk of bacterial infection.
- Digestive System: this herb has recently been used to treat all sorts of digestive conditions such as:
- Upset stomach: by soothing and relaxing the lining and muscles of the stomach and intestines.
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS): since chamomile also works on the intestine walls and lining, it can help poor digestion and symptoms of IBS.
- Colic, gas, and diarrhea: relaxing and soothing the stomach and intestines aids in reducing the cramping that causes colic, gas, and diarrhea.
- Gastritis: chamomile is a soothing agent for the stomach pylori and thus reduces the acid and burning sensation caused by gastritis.
- Eye Inflammation and Infection: if you use chilled chamomile tea bags on your eyes, you can reduce inflammation and even treat conjunctivitis.
- Menstrual Cramps: in the same way that chamomile soothes and relaxes walls and linings of the digestive system; it does the same in the uterus, which can reduce symptoms of menstrual cramps and distress.
- Arthritis: since chamomile reduces inflammation and relaxes the body, it can significantly reduce joint pain.
- Migraines: by reducing stress and inflammation, having some chamomile when you have a strong headache can reduce discomfort and tension.
How Do I Take Chamomile?
Using chamomile is fairly easy and it can do so much for your health that everyone should try it at some point. Here are some ways in which you can take chamomile:
- Tea: this is the most common and well-known way to consume chamomile. It’s also very easy to do so and chamomile tea bags can be bought everywhere. To have a good health effect, simply drink 3-4 chamomiles teas a day in between meals.
- Tablets: another convenient way to get the most out of your chamomile. Consume 2-3 grams a day for a notable effect.
- Tinctures: while this one can be used in water, juice, or dissolved in any other liquid, you should take around 4-6 ml three times per day between meals.
However, chamomile can also be found as a skin oil, lotion, or additive to a bath. It’s very easy to find chamomile nowadays and you can even grow it under good conditions.
While it is very safe to take chamomile, beware of consuming too much all at once, as it may cause nausea and vomiting.
Boil The Water…I’m Having Chamomile Tea!
Are you ready for all the benefits this herb has to offer? Don’t let it fool you, this plant isn’t just about relaxing and calming down, it can save your health entirely and you will notice the benefits right away.
If you are ready to make a change, if you need a good night’s sleep, if work is too stressful, or if you have some stomach pain, make yourself a chamomile tea, and get ready to see the real change that this herb can have on your life. What do you think? Do it for you brain and body, chamomile to solve your problems!