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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 advocated.
  •   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 for you.

by Kafevend

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