Chamomile – More than a good night sleep

There are so many kinds of tea to choose from nowadays it is hard to select one over another unless you know what each of them can do for your health and looks. Yes, looks, chamomile tea can help you look younger, slimmer and aids in digestion and bowel distension.

Chamomile and chamomile tea has been known to have a calming effect on us and help us sleep better.  It is usually found in every American kitchen cabinet.  Rarely, though, do we see it used in more ways than to relax and as a sleep aid.  My mother used to always merit it with hair lightening properties as well. Something I haven’t tried, and won’t.

Recently, I came across a well-packaged chamomile tea box and conducted a little bit of research to know more about its properties.  Surprisingly, I found so many benefits attributed to chamomile tea that I plan on drinking it regularly and even try a few pieces of advice I found would come in handy for someone like me, let’s say a mature woman or man.

The main constituent of Chamomile is Bisabolol oil. This naturally occurring sesquiterpene alcohol can be extracted from the daisy family flower native of western Europe, India and now very abundant all over the world, including Africa.  Bisabolol oil is an anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antibiotic and anti-cancerous agent which has been used in cosmetics for ages. Its tea form is ubiquitously known to treat the following conditions:

  • Stomach cramps or colic
  • Teething
  • Indigestion
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Gout
  • Skin rejuvenation
  • Eczema
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Burns
  • Rashes
  • Headache
  • Fever

Surprised? I was pleasantly surprised to learn about this very cost effective, readily available natural healer and will continue to use this gift of nature in more ways than just to calm down and have a good night sleep.  Its flavonoids and bisabolol oil have shown antioxidant properties that thwart the free radicals that damage our skin cells and lead to wrinkles. So I plan on using it over my eyelids to reduce swelling and tiredness, as well as soaking my hands in it to reduce eczema.  Keeping a bottle in the shower to rinse my face and body with it seems like a good idea.  Its effect on my bowels and stomach are already obvious to me since I started drinking it a couple of nights ago.

Next time you come across the tea aisle, make sure to grab a box of this earthly treasure and try some good old new and old home remedies with natural chamomile. For a woman in film like me, it is important to know these secrets of nature and pack them into my overnight bag when I’m out and about.  Will I see you at the ABFF this year?

 

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