Chamomile (Latin name: Matricaria chamomilla)
Chamomile is one of the most desirable plants for women and children. Because it has a gentle but still effective impact on many diseases and disorders. This in appearance tender plant, is grown in North America and Europe, although it is very easy to grow in the wild. Chamomile was a favorite plant of the ancient Greeks.
Chamomile has been used for centuries, is used today and will be used in the future. Active ingredients of plant are concentrated in the flower mostly in the form of essential oils. Different chemical agents, present in chamomile oil seems to have a relaxing effect on smooth muscle walls of the digestive tract.
Chamomile may also acts on other smooth muscles, such as the uterus. So, it soothes menstrual pains.
Chamomile tea is often recommended to relax the nervous system and for insomnia. Because of the mild effects, it is also allowed for the children.
Traditionally is used to relieve arthritis pain, because this plant has anti-inflammatory effect.
This plant is also used for the treatment of vaginal infections. Studies have shown that chamomile is an effective natural cure against fungal infections (Candida albicans) and against some bacteria such as Staphylococcus.
Other research has shown that it stimulates production of white blood cells that fight against infection. It is effective in cases of colds.
In olden times the chamomile was the most common choice when it comes to eye infections. It is still recommended for rinsing the eyes, mucous membranes and as a compress for various skin diseases.
Chamomile compress naturally removes dark circles under the eyes, and restores freshness on the tired face. Therefore, this plant is used for centuries as a popular tool for natural beauty care, especially among the female population.
Now is quite clear why chamomile tea is so famous and widespread.
Chamomile is useful in cases of:
Insomnia and nervousness
Colds and influenza
Infection of the skin and mucous membranes
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