Chamomile Tea an Ancient Herbal Remedy

The herb Chamomile is well known for its soothing effect. This is due to its powerful medicinal properties and the fact that it is used to treat several ailments. Chamomile has been widely used to treat such conditions as restlessness, insomnia, anxiety, nervousness, irritability, digestive disorders, respiratory conditions, and ease childbirth. This herbal remedy has also been used for healing wounds and stimulating blood circulation.

The flowers of chamomile have been used for making tea. As a tea, chamomile has a sweet taste. Tea made from the flower buds has a flavor that reminds one of the colas, but without any aftertaste. There are several types of tea, all with a different flavor: Chamomile tea has a light flavor; Rosemary tea has a spicy taste and is best consumed cold, Lemon balm tea has a cooling effect and is made by infusing fresh lemon peel into the tea leaves; Yarrow tea has a sweet flavor.

Chamomile is available in many forms. One of the most popular ways of using it is in topical preparations. Topical preparations include soaps, ointments, and creams that contain chamomile and other botanical ingredients for skincare. These products are particularly effective in healing minor skin problems. Chamomile tea, as an herbal remedy, is also very useful for topical applications.

In addition to its usefulness as a topical preparation, chamomile has also been used as a medical treatment. For example, a famous physician and advisor to Queen Elizabeth in the late seventeen hundreds wrote that he had ‘gradually and skilfully’ successfully treated burn wounds with the herbaceous body of chamomile. He recommended two to four spoons of the herb to be mixed with a quart of lukewarm water and applied to the wounds, once a day for one hour each. According to one report, this treatment was highly effective, and he continued to use chamomile to treat burn wounds throughout his life.

One important study of the effects of chamomile on the immune system was undertaken by Robert Brown, M.D. During the early parts of the twentieth century, Dr. Brown examined the relationship between the herb and tuberculosis. It was discovered that the tubercle in the body of the chamomile plant contained a protein peptide that he labeled with a name that stood for immunoglobulin, which is a major component of the T-cells of the body’s innate immunity. Dr. Brown found that a significant increase in the number of T-cells was induced by adding chamomile tea to the diet of mice that were infected with a group of tuberculous diseases, including ewingia, lymphoma, and leukemia.

Other uses of chamomile were to reduce the severity of rheumatoid arthritis pain. A clinical trial conducted in the early part of the twentieth century revealed that two percent of a group of young menopausal women experienced immediate relief of symptoms when they were drinking two cups of German chamomile tea daily. In addition, twenty percent of these women reported an increase in their quality of life. A more recent study by British researchers using data supplied by the Medical Research Council showed that elderly subjects who drank three cups of chamomile tea every day benefited from an increased activity level. These results are noteworthy because it proves that not all herbal remedies prove effective, but that a respectable body such as the FDA can recognize and list compounds recognized as effective.

Other properties of chamomile have been attributed to other herbs that also act as an anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-cancer agent. One of the best-known properties of chamomile is its ability to alleviate colds, flu, and cough symptoms. Clinical trials have shown that it is effective against rhubarb, poison ivy, dandelion, cypress, salvia, sage, kreosotum, and burdock. It may also help alleviate arthritis, hay fever, allergies, asthma, and eczema. It is believed that some of these ailments are helped by the combined effects of chamomile and ginseng, another well-known herbal remedy.

As a tea, chamomile has a light, floral flavor. Some herbalists believe that the combination of tea and water makes a drink that is ideal for soothing tired muscles. Others believe that the combination of tea with water makes a better beverage for stomach cramps. The British enjoy Chamomile tea on several special occasions. For instance, the British celebrate their national holidays with orange and chamomile tea. A cup of chamomile tea is often served at weddings in America.