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There's something about the words 'chamomile
tea' which, to me at least, have a very soothing sound to them. I suppose it's
the childhood memory of chamomile ointment applied to the maddening itch of
chicken pox that does it. On investigation, it turns out that Chamomile tea
does indeed have a longstanding history as a herbal remedy, used to treat a
range of problems:
One of its best known uses is
as a natural aid to sleep; drinking a cup half an hour or so before bedtime is
It is used to ease the
discomfort of indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome.
It is said to help with stomach
cramps associated with period pains. A study carried out at Imperial College,
London found that it raises the urine level of glycine, a compound that calms
down muscle spasms.
It can be used as a soak to
relieve itchy skin.
Mild burns can be bathed in
cool tea, which also cleans the affected area with its antibacterial properties
These antibacterial properties
also make it useful as a mouth wash in the case of ulcers and the teabags can
be applied as a poultice to wounds.
It is said to have immune
boosting properties which can be helpful in warding off colds and its
antioxidant benefits can help to relieve the symptoms of colds and sinusitis.
Some recommend it for travel
sickness; sip before or during a journey.
Teabags can be applied to tired
or itchy eyes.
The pain of arthritis can be
reduced as chamomile is an anti inflammatory.
While chamomile tea can be enjoyed for both
its taste and health benefits by most, it's important to point out that some
people do experience an allergic reaction, sometimes severe. If you know that
you are allergic to plants belonging to the ragweed family, then this is not