Chamomile is a medicinal plant and the basic ingredient for one of the most popular herbal teas ever. Thanks to its variety of healthy ingredients, chamomile tea can be used for medicinal purposes. The tea is extremely effective at lowering inflammation, reducing cramps, counteracting diabetes and also appears to lower cholesterol.
Chamomile (Matricaria recutita L., Chamomilla recutita L., Matricaria chamomilla) is very healthy and has long been used in the traditional treatment of various health problems. Current research has also proven the effect of chamomile against various diseases.
Relieves cramps and inhibits inflammation
For example, a new study showed that chamomile is very effective in reducing inflammation and relieving cramps, among other things. In addition, the medicinal plant was said to have a calming effect as well as antioxidant, antinociceptive and antimutagenic properties.
Helps with chronic pain and diabetes
The researchers also report that chamomile can alleviate six common illnesses. These include anxiety and depression, impaired sleep quality, gastrointestinal dysfunction, acute and chronic pain, nausea and vomiting and diabetes.
Overall, the review shows that chamomile can be a promising herbal therapy for a range of conditions that commonly occur during postoperative procedures, the team reports.
What makes chamomile tea so healthy?
A tea made from the dried flower heads of the medicinal plant is a good option to benefit from the positive health effects of chamomile. The flowers contain, among other things, several healthy phenolic compounds, especially the flavonoids apigenin, quercetin, patuletin, luteolin and their glucosides, researchers at Tufts University report in the journal Phytotherapy Research.
Chamomile tea can have a moderate antioxidant and antimicrobial effect and significant platelet aggregation inhibition has been proven in vitro. According to the researchers, in-vivo studies on animals also indicate strong anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic and cholesterol-lowering effects as well as antispasmodic properties.
The experts add that people with allergies to other plants from the daisy family (Asteraceae or Compositae) should be careful when using it, as unwanted reactions to chamomile could occur. Since chamomile can also increase the effect of blood-thinning medications, the use of chamomile should be clarified by a doctor in advance when taking such medication. (as)