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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Cherished Chamomile

Chamomile is probably the most widely consumed herbal tea in the world. It's been claimed that over one million cups of this particular kind of herbal tea are ingested worldwide each day. Chamomile is
the name for various related plants of the family Asteraceae, i.e., the aster family. The word chamomile is derived from the Greek word chamos meaning "ground," combined with melos which means "apple," the combination of the two in reference to both the plant's low growing habit and also the fact that the fresh blooms are somewhat apple-scented.

Hailed as a sacred herb from antiquity, chamomile has been used for centuries in teas as a mild, relaxing sleep aid, as a treatment for fevers, colds, stomach ailments, and as a systemic anti-inflammatory, to name only a few of its therapeutic uses.

The plant has received extensive scientific research over the past 20 years, which has not only confirmed many of the traditional uses but also has established pharmacological mechanisms for the plant's therapeutic activities, including anti-peptic, anti-spasmodic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-allergenic activity.

The human nervous system is known to experience benefits from chamomile tea through its calming effects. Muscles in the body contract and relax in response to chemical signals delivered through the
bloodstream. Muscles that are having difficulty relaxing have a chemical in them that is instead signaling the muscle to contract. Chamomile functions as an herbal muscle relaxer as it soothes muscles by increasing certain amino acids which stimulate the release of the contractions.

With the extreme demands humans sometimes place on their muscle function, it's no wonder muscle pain can be a very uncomfortable situation. Some muscle pain sufferers experience manageable pain only on the level of stiffness and soreness. For others, the pain may be a bit more debilitating and can cause tenderness and inflamed areas. Doctors often first recommend applying heat or cold, as well as rest and basic stretching, as initial therapeutic measures. However, if these standard approaches fail to work, an herbal muscle relaxer such as chamomile is among the safest and dependable choices.

Although best known as a herbal muscle relaxer, chamomile is also believed to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory capabilities. The plant's healing properties come from its daisy-like flowers, which contain numerous volatile oils including bisabolol, bisabolol oxides A and B, and matricin, as well as
flavonoids and other therapeutic substances.

Chamomile may be used internally or externally. As a popular remedy, it may perhaps be thought of as the European counterpart of ginseng. Chamomile tea benefits the muscles along the digestive tract, allowing digestion to take place more efficiently. It helps muscles relax in various other parts of the body, which helps people who suffer from insomnia fall asleep naturally. Chamomile tea even has the benefit of reducing intestinal gas.  Chamomile flowers have also been proven to have anti-inflammatory properties which are as applicable to skin problems as other health issues. Cosmetic products such as lotions that are infused with chamomile are used to mediate skin diseases such as eczema and other types of dermal inflammation. It also greatly helps to repair skin on over-worked and over-exposed hands. The chamomile flower extracts help tone and strengthen delicate skin tissue.

From the time of the early Egyptians and Greeks through the present era in Western societies, chamomile certainly seems to have rightly earned its regard as a sacred herb because of its many curative and healing properties.

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