Benefits of chamomile for your health






Who among us can ignore the chamomile flower, which looks like a small yellow sun, that made its way between the petals of the bright white clouds, whose name was associated in the memory of our childhood, with many famous cosmetics, which were promoted as making the hair smooth like silk, and the skin as soft as children's skin!


Perhaps the magical reputation that adhered to the name of chamomile, and made it described as a cure for countless diseases, has a long history in the civilizations of peoples, as the English and Saxons in the 5th century AD believed it to be one of the 9 sacred herbs that the gods granted to the world, while dressing The ancient Egyptians wreaths of statues of the gods in the tomb of King Tutankhamun, and herbalists in the 17th and 18th centuries called it "the plant of virtue."


Dried and boiled chamomile flowers are still infused today, and despite the development of pharmacology, an integral part of folk medicine prescriptions for treating sleep disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, eczema, immune deficiency, hemorrhoids, and a myriad of diseases, in different situations and ages, Therefore, the "New Arab" will inform you below about some of the benefits of these small flowers, and misconceptions about them.


1- Chamomile relieves inflammation


Chamomile contains active compounds called flavonoids. Pharmacist Atef Al Salloum says: "Chamomile flavonoids inhibit the activity of the COX2 enzyme, which is responsible for the synthesis of prostaglandins that stimulate inflammatory reactions, giving them anti-inflammatory properties and relieving skin irritation."

2- Chamomile improves skin and hair health


Pharmacist Al-Salloum confirms that chamomile deserves to be the advertising face of cosmetics, and says: "The flavonoids and essential oils in chamomile possess the ability to penetrate the skin into its deep layers, which makes it show moisturizing properties for the skin and hair bulbs."


3- Chamomile is a friend of those unable to sleep


Chamomile is also considered a friend of those who suffer from insomnia and anxiety. Pharmacist Salloum says: “The sedative effect of chamomile is due to its containment of the compound apigenin, which binds to GABA receptors in the brain, similar to the effect of neurotransmitter benzodiazepines, which leads to inhibition of the activity of neurons responsible for anxiety and tension. ".


4- Chamomile treats some digestive problems


Pharmacist Salloum indicates the benefit of chamomile in treating some digestive disorders, and says: “Chamomile infusion helps, according to recent studies, to reduce bloating due to its gas-repellent effect, and reduce smooth muscle spasms in the intestine, in addition to reducing stomach acidity, even better than commercial antacids. ".


5- Chamomile relieves colic in infants and boosts immunity


Clinical trials have shown that giving infants at the age of 2-8 weeks, 150 ml of chamomile infusion, 3 times daily, helps relieve their colic pain within 3 to 7 days, while one of the experiments that was applied to a group of volunteers indicated that they drank 5 cups From chamomile daily for two weeks, to the high level of hippurate and glycine in their urine, which are associated with increased antibacterial activity, confirming the benefits of chamomile in boosting immunity

6- Three cups of chamomile daily improves blood sugar

A recent Iranian study found that drinking three cups of chamomile tea daily may improve blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.

The study - which was reported by the British newspaper "Daily Mail" - was conducted by researchers at the Iranian University of Tabriz for Medical Sciences, as they gave 64 diabetics either chamomile tea or water, to drink it three times a day after eating meals, for a period of two months.


The participants underwent periodic blood tests, and the results showed that after only eight weeks, those who consumed chamomile tea periodically recorded lower levels of blood sugar and higher levels of antioxidants, compared to those who consumed only water.



7- Chamomile fights colds and relieves menstrual pain


 British researchers have confirmed the medicinal benefits of chamomile in treating colds and colic pain associated with menstrual symptoms, according to a study published in the 26th of this month in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

 

For several centuries, some peoples had been drinking chamomile because they were convinced of its ability to relieve the pain of a number of diseases or stress to which humans are exposed.

 


Herbs and medicinal plants are among the most effective natural remedies in treating many ailments and physical disorders. One of these herbs, chamomile, which has been used for a long time to get rid of digestive disorders and cramps, as well as it is a calming treatment for nerves.


Herbal medicine specialists in the American "New Hope" magazine reviewed some of the uses of chamomile, of which the German type and its scientific name "Matricaria Ricottita" is the most common and is taken in the form of oil extracted from flowers or by boiling its fresh or dried leaves to treat anxiety, intestinal cramps, bloating, and stomach intolerance full of gases to In addition to indigestion, ulcers and menstrual cramps, in addition to bladder problems and colic.


They indicated that chamomile is also used externally to get rid of pain and swelling of the joints, skin infections, sun burns, wounds, scrapes, dental pain, as well as varicose veins or varicose veins, hemorrhoids, inflammation and ulcers of the eyes, and it is used as a solution for gargling to treat sore throat and gums.


Chamomile is prepared like tea by pouring eight cups of boiling water on two tablespoons of chamomile flowers, and soaking for ten minutes and drinking a cup of it 3-4 times a day, or it can be diluted to use as eye compresses.


A research team from Imperial College, University of London, led by Dr. Elaine Holmes, author of the study, conducted an experiment on a sample of 14 volunteers, each of whom consumed five cups of German chamomile drink per day (Matricaria recutita) for two consecutive weeks.

 

Urine samples were taken from each participant daily, during the two weeks in which chamomile was consumed, as well as in the following two weeks, without that drink.

 

Drinking this herb resulted in a significant increase in the levels of two chemical compounds in the urine: hippurate (the salt of hippuric acid) and glycine (an amino acid).

 

Scientists had linked the hippurates - a part of tea flavonoids - with the antibacterial activity.

 

The researchers believe that the high levels of hippurates in the urine after consuming chamomile explain its ability to resist infections. As for glycine, it is the chemical compound responsible for relieving pain in muscle spasms, and it can act as a nerve-relieving drug.

 

The researchers say that high levels of glycine may ease uterine spasms and tension, which seems to explain the ability of chamomile syrup to relieve cramping and pain associated with menstruation.

 

The study volunteers' urine levels continued to rise for two weeks after they stopped drinking chamomile, which means that consuming it leads to long-term medical and therapeutic benefits.

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