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5 Amazing Benefits of Chamomile

Jared Fallon

Posted on July 01 2018

5 Amazing Benefits of Chamomile
Chamomile’s name is derived from the Greek word khamaimēlon, which means “on the ground” (khamai) and melon, or “apple”.  This medicinal herb is native to western Europe, India and western Asia. There are two types that are considered “true”, due to their appearance and medicinal uses: German chamomile and Roman chamomile.
 
Its widespread health benefits have been leveraged for thousands of years, with the
earliest known records dating back to ancient Egypt. Today it’s grown abundantly
in the United States, North Africa, South America, New Zealand and throughout
Europe. 
 
Although its benefits are commonly known in tea and cosmetics, this powerful herb
offers a wide range of health benefits when used topically. pennyRae incorporates
this powerful plant into a number of offerings, including Dalmatia Calm Bath Tea Salts and all of our Grove-scented products. Although it’s commonly available, this powerful but underestimated herb has many benefits. Here are some of the most powerful ones to consider.

Top 5 Benefits of Chamomile

Promotes sleep and helps with insomnia
Chamomile has been used to help promote sleep for thousands of years. When used as a tea, it is an excellent remedy for insomnia or sleep disorders. The mild sedating properties will help you sleep faster and oftentimes can help maintain a deeper sleep. (1)
 
Its antioxidant-rich properties help remedy sunburns
Chamomile is widely known for its soothing, antioxidant properties. Skincare products that contain essential chamomile oil can help boost the healing process. If you don’t happen to have any on hand but do find tea in the kitchen, you can brew it as a tea, chill it thoroughly, soak a towel in it and apply it to the sunburned area(s). This is a great travel hack as chamomile is commonly found in friend’s kitchens and AirBnBs. It is also an inexpensive way to find some relief should you find yourself out of aloe vera.
 
Boosts immunity
Chamomile’s properties have been widely researched to help prevent and treat cold symptoms while protecting against bacteria-related infection and illnesses. (2). You’ll find this versatile herb in a wide range of cold and flu remedies and teas. A 2005 study found that after people drank five cups of chamomile tea daily for two weeks, they showed signs of a stronger immune system, which the researchers said could explain why the tea helps the body fight off colds and infections. (3)
 
Helps heal acne, decrease eczema, soothes dermatitis and soothe dry skin
The two primary components of chamomile extract are apigenin and alpha-bisabolol. Alpha-bisabolol is what gives chamomile its potent anti-inflammatory properties. It also aids in cell turnover, which speeds the healing process. (4) It is relatively common to find chamomile in a variety of skincare products as it can be found to help increase the efficacy of creams, salves and lotions.
 
Calms muscle spasms 
Chamomile has strong antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties, which are effective in treating stomach cramps and intestinal cramps. The tea also reduces bowel issues and provides relief from gas and bloating. Drinking chamomile tea twice a day will treat problems like irritable bowel syndrome, gastroenteritis, nausea, cramps, and stomach flu. (5)