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Chamomile tea is one of my favorite beverages to drink when the weather is cool. I enjoy it so much; sometimes I even drink it when it is hot outside. I’ve even been known to make iced chamomile tea.
Lucky for me, chamomile contains beneficial nutrients that provide benefit beyond the increased liquid intake that I get when I drink tea. Chamomile has some of the following health benefits in the body as shown by two studies on chamomile published in Phytotherapy Research and Molecular Medicine Reports.
Chamomile Promotes Healthy Sleep
The most well-known health effect of chamomile is sleep improvement. Chamomile contains a flavonoid called apigenin, which helps encourage healthy sleep patterns. A similar beneficial effect was seen whether chamomile was consumed in tea or diffused into the air.
Chamomile Fights Inflammation
Chamomile flavonoids have a positive effect on inflammation. The topical use of chamomile essential oils was shown to have an anti-inflammatory effect on wounds and the skin in general.
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Chamomile May Inhibit Cancer
According to the study published in Moleceular Medicine Reports, chamomile was shown to have growth inhibitory effects on cancerous cells in invitro studies. According to the study, the biggest effects were seen in breast, prostate, and ovarian cancer. It may be possible that drinking chamomile tea on a regular basis can help prevent some forms of cancer from spreading as quickly.
Chamomile Fights the Common Cold
A steam made from chamomile tea was shown to have benefit in reducing cold and flu symptoms in non life-threatening cases. Both breathing in the steam from chamomile tea and heating chamomile essential oils could improve cold and flu symptoms.
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Chamomile Improves Overall Health
According to these studies, drinking chamomile on a regular basis can improve overall health and boost the immune system. When study participants drank five cups of chamomile tea daily for two weeks, their urinary levels of glycine and hippurate rose, which indicates stronger antibacterial activity in the body.
Chamomile Fights Colic
In one study reviewed, study authors gave colicky infants a mixture of tea made from chamomile, licorice, fennel, balm mint, and vervain. The infants were given small doses of the tea when colic symptoms appeared. After one week, the tea mixture was reported to have eased colic symptoms in 57 percent of the infants studied with no side effects.
Chamomile Reduces Anxiety and Stress
The smell of chamomile has a calming effect on the mind. In some studies, chamomile tea was used as treatment for generalized anxiety disorder. The biggest effect was seen in study participants with mild to moderate stress and anxiety. Both the liquid form and essential oil form had similar benefits for anxiety.
Chamomile Is A General Health Booster
Chamomile has numerous health benefits that make it one of the healthiest herbal beverages. Chamomile also has many positive effects when used in essential oil form, and may help reduce inflammation and even calm eczema in some cases. Whether in essential oil form or tea form, chamomile is essential for any prepper’s medicine cabinet.
Do you drink chamomile tea? What is your favorite way to have chamomile?
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