Chamomile: Properties and Benefits

Chamomile is an annual herbaceous plant belonging to the Compositae family, genus Matricaria; it blooms from May to September and you can find it a little everywhere. The plant grows very well on the sunny land, both in the hills than in the plains. There are many species of chamomile, but the most widely and used are two: German chamomile (chamomile common) and Roman.

Its properties have been known since ancient times and some records date back to the ancient Egyptian populations. As regards its harvesting to the spontaneous state is necessary to known it well; it is very easy to confuse it with another type of chamomile, called bastard, not poisonous but can cause allergic reactions because of certain substances contained.

A special feature that allows us to recognize the common chamomile from the others is that the white petals, immediately after flowering, are facing down.
Chamomile: Properties and benefits
All substances of chamomile reach their maximum concentration in the flowering period and are mostly present in the flowers. Very important is the presence of flavonoids, substances with properties very useful for the health of our body, reaching 8% of the total. Among other substances in chamomile are some minerals in small amounts, such as calcium, sodium, potassium, zinc, copper, fluoride and manganese. Present, always in small quantities, some vitamins of group A and B, between which, thanks to its properties, detaches the beta-carotene. Finally we find a trace of saturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fats.

Benefits and Curative Properties of Chamomile

Chamomile is one of the most used plants with medicinal purposes; especially its flowers are used, which, when dried in the sun, are placed in an infusion of hot water. Chamomile is known worldwide for its sedative properties and for this reason it is recommended to those who suffer from insomnia. This property is due to the presence of flavonoids, and just recently it has been shown that they behave in the same way of some drugs with sedative effect. Another property of chamomile is represented by its protective action against the stomach, in particular, has anti-inflammatory effects on the mucosa of the stomach. In addition to these properties and benefits, chamomile is used to treat gastric disorders, menstrual pain and digestive problems.

A recent study, which took place in London and published in the "Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry" confirmed as the normal intake of chamomile is helpful in relieving inflammation and muscle spasms; in addition to this, and this is new news, chamomile has antioxidant action.
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The main component that gives rise to the characteristic aroma, is the essential oil of azulene; is obtained by distillation from the flower and, oddly enough, in spite of the yellow color of the flower, the oil obtained is blue.

Without a doubt, chamomile is one of the oldest remedies; the ancient Egyptians, also thanks to his appearance, had dedicated to the sun god.

The first written description regarding the benefits of chamomile dates back to the XVI century, by the Roman physician Castor Durante.
Herbal Against Weakness

In order to combat effectively the states of weakness you can proceed with the preparation of this simple herbal tea chamomile. These are the ingredients:

Get 60 grams of chamomile flowers, 20 grams of gentian root and 120 grams of valerian roots; mix well these ingredients, then just get a spoon and put it in infusion in a cup of boiling water for eight minutes. It is recommended to drink half in the morning and half in the evening.
Chamomile: Properties and benefits
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Chamomile: properties and benefits
Chamomile: properties and benefits
Chamomile: properties and benefits
Properties and benefits
In the ancient times his dried flowers were used as pipe tobacco.

The essential oil, as already written accountable for its aromatic properties, contains chamazulene blue, flavonoids, coumarin, alcohol and vitamin C.

To date, chamomile is considered one of the most useful tools for combat-related disorders in the stomach.
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