Chamomile – More than a good night sleep

There are so many kinds of teas 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 will even follow bits of advice I think can benefit a mature woman or man.

The main constituent of Chamomile is Bisabolol oil. This naturally occurring sesquiterpene alcohol can be extracted from this daisy family flower, native of western Europe and India, 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.  The flavonoids and bisabolol oil it contains have demonstrated antioxidant properties in thwart the free radicals that damage our skin cells and lead to wrinkles. So I plan on using it in compresses over my eyes to reduce swelling and tiredness and to relieve the itch and flakiness of eczema. Keeping a bottle with chamomile tea in the shower to rinse my face and body seems like a handy way to try chamomile tea as a beauty aid.  I’ve already felt its effects on the digestive process 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 ole’ natural home remedies with chamomile tea. 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.  See you at the Film Fest.

 

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