Chamomile essential oil is a great choice to feel calm and sleep well. Did you know that there is much more to this herb than that? Chamomile tea with honey is always my go-to for my kids. Especially during what we call suicide-hour. It’s that hectic evening time-slot when you need to do everything. This is also the time where kids will throw tantrums or cry. We forget that a child’s day can be just as stressful and overloaded. So. Pour a cup of Chamomile and come closer as there is much to learn.
One of our experts, Dr C Van Niekerk, has written a wonderful article on the benefits of Chamomile Essential Oil.
Chamomile: INCI – Chamomillla recutita
These beautiful yellow flowers are gathered in summer. They are carefully dried at low temperatures. This ensures the herbal tea is full of health promoting properties. Its essential oils are also extracted by steam distillation of the flower heads. Chamomile is one of the safest herbs that you can use and is a very gentle and soothing herb. It is said to act on the throat Chakra, helping with emotional burnout.
- Essential oils
- Flavonoids (Pigment that has antioxidant properties)
- Coumarins (Fragrant compound)
- Pro-azulenes (Contributes to the colour and essential oils)
- Plant acids
Benefits Of Chamomile Essential Oil:
- Anti-Inflammatory – Apigenin is a flavonoid. It is one of the main anti-oxidants responsible for the anti-inflammatory actions of chamomile. Try applying Chamomile to areas affected with eczema or rashes. It gently soothes the skin and promotes repair. Chamomile has been shown to be as effective as hydrocortisone (a cortisone-type cream) in studies. It can also help speed up the recovery time of your new tattoo.
- Anti-Spasmodic – Chamomile soothes the gut and helps to relieve nervous tension. This helps to relieve flatulence, stomach cramps, stomach aches, diarrhoea and other stomach disorders. When we become stressed we sometimes get that ‘knot’ in our stomach. This is easily remedied with a few drops of Deep Relax to your belly and pair it up with a cup of Chamomile tea.
- Sedative – Drinking a cup of Chamomile before going to bed can help promote relaxation and help you to get a good night’s rest. Chamomile and Lavender are a powerful combination to aid with insomnia and restlessness. Remember other factors such as switching off your cell phone and other devices an hour before bed time. It can help your mind to switch off and calm down.
- Immune Enhancing – Chamomile extract strengthens your immune system by increasing your T-lymphocytes. These cells are responsible for cell mediated immunity. T- Cytotoxic cells kill intracellular pathogens by producing toxins. T-helper cells assist B-lymphocytes which produce antibodies. These cells all work together to fight of infection. It is also a great choice to assist with symptoms and prevention of seasonal allergies.
- Menstrual Cramps – Chamomile can be very soothing to the female reproductive system. This is due to the antispasmodic properties of the herb, reducing the intensity of the cramps. It may also reduce the back aches associated with this period. Add 2 pumps of Bye Bye Belly Blues to your stomach and drink 2-3 cups of chamomile tea daily to help relieve symptoms.
Practical Methods for perfect Chamomile Tea
- Add 2-8grams (approximately a heaped teaspoon) of the dried flowers to a cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes and drink 2-3 cups daily. Sweeten with stevia or let it cool down slightly and add some raw honey. Make a stronger infusion to be used as a herbal mouthwash. Pure Chamomile essential oil is not to be ingested.
Herbal Sources: We prefer Cape Chamomile Essential Oil, indigenous to the Western Cape. Find it in our Circuflow and Bye Bye Belly Blues Genie oils or crèmes.
Caution: This is a very safe herb and is suitable for most anyone to use. However, always test a cream on a small area of your skin for an allergic reaction before use. Consult your medical doctor if you are pregnant or on any prescription medications.
Davies, J.R, 2003. The Complete Home Guide to Herbs, Natural Healing, and Nutrition . 1st ed. USA: MacMillan .
Lesley Braun, 2010. Herbs and Natural Supplements Inkling: An Evidence-Based Guide. 3 Edition. Churchill Livingstone Australia.
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