Origins of Chamomile
Chamomile is derived from the dried flowers of white flowers belonging to the Asteraceae Compositae family. The dried flowers contain many flavonoids and terpenoids, which have medicinal properties. Chamomile is also known by the name of Matricaria recuitta chamomile, and a systematic review of scientific journals identifies that chamomile flowers contain potent antibacterial and antioxidant properties and can even aid the faster healing of wounds. It also helps to prevent inflammation from occurring, due to the flavonoids it contains. Other flavonoids contained in chamomile flower heads are: patuletin, lutedin, and their glucosides. Glucosides are a type of glucose often found in plants.
Chamomile has been documented to be used for different purposes: it can be used to make herbal tea, infused to make chamomile herbal tea, and can be used to make essential oils, can be both internally taken and externally applied.
The main chemical properties found in chamomile flowers
When we look at the chemical components contained in chamomile flowers, contains as many as 120 constituents. However, the most notable ones are amino acids, fatty acids, and polysaccharides.
Chamomile health benefits
There are many types of chamomile flowers found across Europe, such as Belgium, France, North America and Hungary. Chamomile contains bioactive properties and can help with inflammatory pain or congestive neuralgia (Neuralgia is a stabbing, burning, and often severe pain due to an irritated or damaged nerve).
Chamomile can also help to induce a feeling of relaxation especially when you are feeling stressed, and it may be useful to treat various ailments such as stomach ache, irritable bowel syndrome, and insomnia. For this reason, drinking a cup of chamomile tea before bedtime can help you to relax, and sleep better at night.
Chamomile extracts in mouthwash
In a clinical trial study, it was found that mouthwash that contained chamomile extracts helped to reduce the likelihood of inflammation and microbial growth in the mouth of its users. Chamomile extracts contain apigenin, a flavonoid.
Top 6 most notable benefits of chamomile flowers
1. Prevents insomnia and eases sleep
Evidence shows that chamomile can help soothe your nerves and help you drift off to sleep especially after a stressful or hectic day.
In a randomised controlled trial, they conducted a research study to compare the effects of drinking chamomile before and after, for women who experienced sleep disturbances. The women who drank chamomile tea for a period of 2 weeks reported that their sleep quality had improved and it was indicated that chamomile tea can be used naturally to induce more restful sleep.
2. Chamomile reduces infection and removes toxins from the body
Studies show that drinking chamomile tea can help the body eradicate toxins. In a study of 7 women and 7 men who drank chamomile regularly (5 cups a day for 2 weeks), a sample of their urine afterwards revealed that there was increased breakdown of Hippurate levels in their urine samples. This clearly highlighted, due to chamomile containing phenolic properties, antibacterial activity had taken place, helping to detoxify their bodies to be passed out as waste.
In the long-term, this could help boost one’s immune system and help fight the onset of infections.
3. Fights colds and can prevent inflammation
4. Helps alleviate antidepressant activity in depressed people
A randomized, double-bind controlled study featuring the use of subjects with co- morbid anxiety and depressive symptoms found that 57 subjects who received chamomile extracts for therapy, rather than placebo therapy indicated a significantly greater reduction in their depression. This exemplifies the significance of chamomile as having antidepressant properties which help to lower depression levels.
5. Fights and helps to prevent cancer
Chamomile contains apigenin, a chemical which can help fight cancer. Scientists have stated that scientific experiments compared the use of chamomile extracts containing apigenin and found that this compound was potent enough to inhibit the longevity of normal cells in comparison to cancer cells, hence helping to prevent the spread of cancer cells.
6. Helps lower anxiety levels in people with anxiety
A study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine found that the use of chamomile in the long-term for patients with anxiety helped prevent them from having relapses.
The study also deemed chamomile to be safe for long-term usage, with little known detrimental effects.
7. Lowers blood pressure levels and helps facilitate weight loss
Chamomile has been found to stimulate the production of gastric juices and to reduce stomach bloating. Drinking chamomile tea promotes weight loss and improves your overall digestion.