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Chamomile Flowers
Chamomile Flowers
Chamomile has been used for centuries in teas as a mild, relaxing Sleep aid, treatment for Fevers, Colds, Stomach ailments, and as an Anti-inflammatory, to name only a few therapeutic uses. Chamomile may be used internally or externally. Extensive scientific research over the past 20 years has confirmed many of the traditional uses for the plant and established pharmacological mechanisms for the plant's therapeutic activity, including Anti-Septic, Antispasmodic, antipyretic, AntiBacterial, Antifungal, and Anti-allergenic activity.

Recent and on-going research has identified chamomile's specific Anti-inflammatory, AntiBacterial, Muscle relaxant, Antispasmodic, Anti-allergenic and Sedative properties, validating its long-held reputation. This attention appears to have increased the popularity of the herb and nowadays Chamomile is included as a drug in the pharmacopoeia of 26 countries.

Specifically, chamomile may:

As a tea, be used for Lumbago, Rheumatic problems and Rashes.

As a salve, be used for Hemorrhoids and Wounds.

As a vapor, be used to alleviate cold symptoms or Asthma.

Relieve restlessness, Teething problems, and Colic in children.

Relieve Allergies, much as an antihistamine would.

Aid in Digestion when taken as a tea after meals.

Relieve Morning sickness during Pregnancy.

Speed healing of Skin Ulcers, Wounds, or Burns.

Treat Gastritis and ulcerative Colitis.

Reduce Inflammation and facilitate Bowel movement without acting directly as a Purgative.

Be used as a wash or compress for Skin problems and Inflammations, including Inflammations of mucous tissue.

Promote general Relaxation and relieve Stress. Animal studies show that chamomile contains substances that act on the same parts of the brain and Nervous system as anti-Anxiety drugs. Never stop taking prescription medications, however, without consulting your doctor.

Control Insomnia. Chamomile's mildly sedating and Muscle-relaxing effects may help those who suffer from Insomnia to fall aSleep more easily.

Treat diverticular disease, irritable Bowel problems and various Gastrointestinal complaints.

Chamomile's reported Anti-inflammatory and Antispasmodic actions relax the smooth Muscles lining the Stomach and Intestine. The herb may therefore help to relieve Nausea, Heartburn, and Stress-related Flatulence. It may also be useful in the treatment of diverticular disorders and inflammatory Bowel conditions such as Crohns disease.

Soothe Skin Rashes (including Eczema), minor Burns and Sunburn. Used as a lotion or added in oil form to a cool bath, chamomile may ease the itching of Eczema and other Rashes and reduces Skin Inflammation. It may also speed healing and prevent Bacterial Infection.

Edema Chamomile possesses Anti-inflammatory properties that make it widely known as a treatment for Poison ivy. However, it also works wonders as a treatment for swollen limbs. Use it by applying a few drops to the affected areas, and then kneading until the Swelling subsides.

Alternatively, you can apply the oil on a damp cloth that you can rub on your feet and legs. Chamomile also has a nice and relaxing scent you can enjoy as you massage yourself.

Treat eye Inflammation and Infection. Cooled chamomile tea can be used in a compress to help soothe tired, irritated eyes and it may even help treat conjunctivitis.

Heal mouth Sores and prevent gum disease. A chamomile mouthwash may help soothe mouth Inflammations and keep Gums healthy.

Reduce Menstrual Cramps.Chamomile's believed ability to relax the smooth Muscles of the uterus helps ease the discomfort of Menstrual cramping.

Chamomile Essential Oil: The oil serves many medicinal purposes, but one of the best-documented uses is for Relaxation. The oil has a calming effect on people, and can be used to help induce Sleep, ease frayed Nerves, and promote a general sense of calmness and well being. It is great for those with Nervousness or Anxiety problems.

Aside from having mental calming properties, chamomile is also good at relaxing sore Muscles and tight joints. It can ease Menstrual Cramps and back aches, as well as relax the Digestive system to ease upset Stomach or inDigestion issues. When applied topically to the Skin, it soothes redness and irritation. For this reason, it is a common ingredient in Skincare. It also eliminates itchiness and is good for those with allergic reactions.

Sometimes chamomile is used on Rashes. Because of its Anti-inflammatory properties, it can work to take down Swelling caused by Rashes or Skin irritants.

Finally, the oil has anti Bacterial properties and can help to clean and protect Wounds from Infections. It is commonly used as an all-natural remedy for Dental abscesses, conjunctivitis, and other Infections.

There are a wide variety of ways in which chamomile essential oil can be ingested or applied on the body, depending on the reason the product is being used. For example, the oil can either be applied topically when dealing with Skin problems, or ingested orally for upset Stomach or other Gastrointestinal issues. To ingest the oil, it should be diluted into water, as only a small amount is highly potent. One to two drops in a glass of water should be sufficient for using as a mouthwash or ingesting for Stomach problems. To use in a bath as an Aromatherapy agent and Muscle relaxant, less than 10 drops should still be sufficient.

The scent of the essential oil can be inhaled as a form of Aromatherapy. The oil can be vaporized for Aromatherapy use. This method works well to soothe Nerves and Headaches. It can be blended with another oil, such as such as sesame, mineral, or olive, to be used for massaging aching Muscles and joints. Finally, the oil can be blended with other cream based lotions to provide relief from Rashes and irritated Skin.

Chamomile is an ancient medicinal herb with many health benefits, including its effective role in treating Fever, Inflammation and Infections. Drinking chamomile tea helps alleviate Inflammation of the Respiratory tract that may have caused a loss of Sense of Smell and taste. What to do: Prepare chamomile tea by adding dried chamomile petals in boiling water and letting the mixture steep for a few minutes.

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