Thursday, January 21, 2016

Chamomile Tea

Hubby and I have these occasional bouts of insomnia. I try, and often fail, to drink a nice cuppa something herbal in the evenings. My excuse for not doing so is I'm busy. And that's the very reason I need to! Anyway, I mentioned this to my hubby about drinking herbal tea, and suggested perhaps some chamomile might help us both. I, of course, enjoyed mine. He said his made him have to go to the bathroom. Ah, well.

Naturally I chose a mug with a scene that brought a sense of security when I was a child. Seemed fitting for a nice chamomile.

I wondered what other possible benefits there might be to chamomile. According to the article 9 Amazing Health Benefits Of Chamomile Tea:

1. Treats Cuts and Wounds – Chamomile tea was used by the Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians as a salve for wounds to expedite healing. In a recent study, rats given chamomile flavored water healed faster than those who were not given the elixir. It worked especially well for burn wounds. This is because Matricaria chamomilla has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant effects.
2. Helps with Diabetes – Some research has shown that chamomile can help those suffering from diabetes. It also helps with hyperglycemia.
3. Antibacterial – The antibacterial effects of drinking chamomile tea can help to prevent and treat colds while protecting against bacterial-related illness and infection.
4. Calms Muscle Spasms – One study from England found that drinking chamomile tea raised urine levels of glycine, a compound that calms muscle spasms. Researchers believe this is why chamomile tea could prove to be an effective home remedy for menstrual cramps as well.
5. Soothes Stomach Ache – Further adding onto chamomile benefits, the herb is a wonderful for soothing an upset stomach. Helping to soothe and relaxes the muscles and lining of the intestines, chamomile can help with poor digestion and even those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
6. Promotes Sleep – Drinking chamomile tea soothes the nervous system so that you can sleep better. It has been used as a solution for insomnia for centuries.
7. Natural Hemorrhoid Treatment – Chamomile ointment can help to relieve hemorrhoids.
8. Fights Cancer – It’s very likely that chamomile tea can help reduce cancerous cells, although research is still ongoing to see exactly how chamomile reverses abnormal cellular growth.
9. Promotes Healthy Skin – With it’s anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties, chamomile helps in clearing up skin irritations such as eczema, acne, and allergies.

I have never tried chamomile for any of these other reasons, but it is a very nice nightcap.

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