Herbs : Chamomile ( Smile for Chamomile! )
The name Chamomile comes from the Greek, "chamos" meaning ground,
and "melos" meaning apple. Chamomile grows close to the ground
and has a bit of an apple smell. Ancient Egyptians were using chamomile
for health reasons, but it didn't come to Europe until the 1600s. It was
first used as a cure for insomnia and back pain. The flowers are white
with a yellow centre, just like a mini-daisy.
There are different ways to use chamomile for your health, but the easiest
(and certainly the most pleasant) is by drinking tea made from chamomile
flowers. Other sorts of tinctures and extracts are used by naturopaths.
Chamomile tea is simple to make, just a spoonful or two of flowers in
hot water. You can use a strainer or tea ball if you'd like. You can buy
prepared chamomile teas, but the plain flowers are just as good. Some
prepared teas also contain other healthy herbs though.
Health Benefits of Chamomile
.Aid digestion, ease stomach aches and abdominal gas
Calm stressed nerves, and help you sleep
Ease menstrual cramps
Revieve and prevent muscle spasms
Soothe inflammations and fight infections
Use it externally for skin irritations like bruises, sores, burns and
diaper rash. Use a cooled tea bag directly on the skin.
Chamomile tea is gentle enough for pregnant and nursing mothers, and even
As a member of the daisy family, you may have an allergic reaction if
you are allergic to flowers like daisy or ragweed. You may want to consult
with your doctor.
What is it in chamomile that gives it such healing power? No one has
narrowed it down yet. The various components in the flowers include alpha-bisalcohol,
chamozulene, polyines and flavenoids. Each one of these chemicals seems
to play a role in th overall quality of chamomile.