The term “chamomile” is commonly heard in different infocommercials today. But did you know that chamomile is a medicinal herb? Yes, it is. In fact, chamomile is one of the safest medicinal herbs, that it is a tender relaxant with comforting effect. It has been demonstrated from different studies that chamomile works for various complaints, and stress and menstrual pain are just among the many concerns.
Chamomile is essentially an herb that has a gratifying and apple-like aroma and taste. Its name “chamomile” derives from the Greek word kamai melon, which means ground apple. This herb is most often taken as a luscious and mild therapeutic tea. And today, the concentrated extracts of this herb are added to some healing lotions and creams or packaged as tinctures and pills.
There are two important species of chamomile that is often used for its healing powers and they interestingly work proportionally well. Those are the German chamomile and the Roman chamomile. In central Europe and North America, it is basically the German chamomile products, which are sometimes called “Hungarian”, that are the most widely available. And in Great Britain, the Roman chamomile is the one that is commonly sold.
While chamomile is widely known as antispasmodic and muscle relaxant, it is also interesting to know that this herb has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. The herb’s healing powers usually taken from its daisy-like flowers that greatly contain some volatile oils involving bisabolol oxides A and B, bisabolol, and matricin. The flowers also contain flavonoids, which are specifically compounds known as apinegin, and some other therapeutic substances. And as the safest medicinal herb, chamomile may be applied either internally or externally.
Chamomile, with its anti-anxiety property, specifically helps to promote general relaxation and it provides relief to stress. It is also useful for controlling insomnia for it has a mildly sedating and muscle-comforting effect for those who have insomnia to fall asleep more easily.
Chamomile is also beneficial for those who have diverticular disease, irritable bowel dilemmas, and several gastrointestinal problems since the herb has anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic qualities. As it is used in a form of lotion or cream, chamomile can soothe skin rashes, even eczema, minor burns, and sunburn. It is also applied to treat eye inflammation and infection.
The other uses of chamomile include healing the mouth sores and preventing the gum disease, and it greatly decreases menstrual cramps. With those multiple uses and capabilities of chamomile, it is no doubt then that most pharmaceutical companies and health food companies greatly accept and recommend chamomile for those who are affected by those mentioned complaints. As such, the herb’s products in the form of tincture, oil, lotion, dried herb or tea, cream, and capsule are widely manufactured and are made available in several outlets.
However, since chamomile is widely made available in so many forms, perhaps the most important thing to consider before taking it is to read the labels for the exact dosage. Many experts then recommend looking for pills and tinctures that are formulated with concentrated extracts of the herb that contain for at least 1 percent of apigenin, which is one of the herb’s most potent ingredients.