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Chamomile is a plant that has been in use for long for its health benefits.Mankind has known this plant, studied, and utilized since the medieval ages.The chamomile plant belongs to the Asteraceae or Compositae family which is also known as the Daisy family.
The generic name chamomile which is the name popularly used comes from the words ”Khamai”,which means on the ground and ”melon”which means an apple in Greek.Chamomile term is used collectively to refer to many plants that belong to the family Asteraceae which includes the
German or Hungarian chamomile (Matricaria recutita, or Chamomilla recutita),
English or Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile),
Moroccan chamomile,Moroccan blue chamomile, corn chamomile, dyer’s chamomile, rayless chamomile, and scentless chamomile.
The German and Roman chamomile are known as the true chamomile due to their beneficial properties.They are very similar in appearance but differ slightly in the chemical content of the oils obtained from them.The German chamomile is the more commonly used of the two.
Where is Chamomile Found?
Chamomile is authentic to the Southern and Eastern parts of Europe. It is grown in:
It found its way to India during the rule of the Mughal emperors and is currently grown in the Northern parts of the country.The most prominent producer of this plant is Hungary.The flowers and leaves of the plant are usually used, the flowers being the part that is most used.The flowers can be used fresh or dried.The plant is harvested during the flowering phase on a sunny day during the morning time.The flower of this plant has a characteristic fruity fragrance and is daisy-like in appearance. It has a yellow center that is around 1- 1.5 cm wide and white petals.
Potential Uses of Chamomile:
This ayurvedic herb has diverse beneficial properties that help with its potential uses which are discussed as follows:
Potential Uses of Chamomile for the Brain:
Potential Uses of Chamomile for Sleep Disorders:
Chamomile tea is usually may be taken in cases of insomnia a sleep disorder marked by lack of sleep.The flavonoids and apigenin present in the herb might bind to a receptor in the brain (benzodiazepine receptor) which may causes slowing down of the brain activity and induces sleep.It might be used in children who are unable to fall asleep due to severe pain and in cases of difficulty falling asleep due to nervousness or anxiety.
Potential Uses of Chamomile for Anxiety:
Usually, the oil extracted from the flowers is inhaled as vapours and it might produce a calming effect and reduces pain as well.Thus, it may show beneficial effects in mild to moderate anxiety disorder.
Potential Uses of Chamomile for Epilepsy
Animal studies have shown that chamomile delays the start of a seizure episode. Human trials are required to establish this effect of chamomile on humans.
Potential Uses of Chamomile in Headache:
The inhaled vapours produce calmness and reduce pain and can be used in headaches that appear before seizures, during nervousness, and during episodes of hysteria.
However since insufficient studies are available, for conditions for brain it is important to consult your medical practitioner for advice as the herb may have different effects on individuals.
Potential Uses of Chamomile in Anorexia Nervosa:
Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder where a person experiences lack of appetite.Chamomile oil vapours may elevate mood, reduce nervousness, and stimulate the appetite and might thus be used in persons with anorexia nervosa.
Potential Uses of Chamomile in Common Cold:
Chamomile tea can be taken to relieve the symptoms of a common cold.Another way in which the plant can be used for this purpose is by boiling the flowers in water and inhaling the steam so produced.You must consult a doctor for cold.
Potential Uses of Chamomile for the Heart:
It is said that persons who consume more flavonoids might have a lesser risk of death due to coronary heart disease.Chamomile has a good amount of flavonoids, but more studies must be done to validate how useful it is in preventing coronary heart disease.You must always consult a qualified for diagnosis.
Potential Uses of Chamomile for Diabetes:
In studies chamomile has been found to help reduce blood sugar levels and diabetic complications by lowering blood sugar levels and increasing storage of liver glycogen.Studies have also found it to be protective for the pancreas.However, more studies need to be done to determine its usefulness in the treatment of diabetes.Diabetes is a serious health problem; hence, a proper diagnosis and treatment are needed. Please consult your doctor for proper advice.
Potential Uses of Chamomile for the Gut:
Consumption of chamomile tea between meals might help to relieve heartburn, gastritis, gastric spasms (excessive gut muscle contraction), and flatulence.We may need further studies that can give evidence for these benefits on humans.
Potential Uses of Chamomile for the Bones:
In osteoporosis,where the bone mass reduces, chamomile extract stimulates the bone-forming cells by interacting with the estrogen receptors (anti-estrogen effect) and may help improve the condition.It is always better to consult a doctor before you use chamomile for your bone problems there may be several underlying causes that may need to to analysed before prescribing chamomile for its benefits.