The chamomile It is one of the oldest medicinal herbs in the world and one of the most consumed in infusion. Its many properties have made it one of the most popular and popular natural remedies, especially for its digestive, soothing, anti-inflammatory, diuretic and antiseptic properties.
It is a plant with a thin root, a branched stem with small, isolated leaves and characteristic flower heads with white petals. It can reach about 60 centimeters in height and can be found in many countries in Europe and North Africa, as well as being cultivated in Western Asia.
In this article we want to focus on the properties and benefits of chamomile so that you understand why it is so interesting for our health.
Chamomile, also known as camomile, has a wide variety of therapeutic properties, the following stand out:
• It is a natural anti-inflammatory.
• It is digestive.
• It has sedative and tranquilizing properties, being a powerful natural relaxant.
• It is antiallergic.
• It is antibacterial.
Properties and versatility that allow it to be used in numerous ways and generating numerous benefits. Between the main benefits of chamomile:
Effective in the treatment of periodontal diseases
According to a study by the University of Medical Sciences of Camagüey (2019), chamomile is a natural phytotherapeutic product that is used for ttreatment of inflammatory periodontal disease thanks to its healing, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antiseptic, antiallergic and bacteriostatic action. The most effective varieties of chamomile for this purpose are Matricaria chamomilla and the Phania matricarioides.
It is very digestive
Chamomile is one of the most popular natural remedies for relieve poor digestion, heartburn or abdominal pain. An infusion of chamomile facilitates digestion thanks to its power as a muscle relaxant and anti-inflammatory, eliminating discomforts such as nausea or vomiting.
To prepare chamomile infusion it is recommended to add a tablespoon of flowers to 1 liter of freshly boiled water, let it rest and strain. You have to drink a cup of infusion three times a day.
Helps reduce stress and anxiety
For those who suffer from insomnia, anxiety or nervousness, chamomile can help them fall asleep and relax, as well as calm their spirits and reduce stress levels.
It is useful to control diabetes
Chamomile is also used to control the amount of sugar in the blood or the glycemic index. For this, it is recommended to consume it daily in the form of an infusion.
Relieves eye conditions
Due to its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, chamomile is a good natural eye drop, being effective to relieve ailments such as styes, tired eyes, conjunctivitis, as well as being an excellent option to wash and decongest the eyes.
Relieves menstrual cramps
Thanks to its calming power, chamomile is an ideal natural remedy to relieve premenstrual and menstrual pain.
Helps to strengthen the immune system
The properties of chamomile help protect and strengthen the immune system by helping against infections and mitigating inflammatory states.
Helps skin care
Its antibacterial action prevents the skin from becoming infected, while its anti-inflammatory activity reduces inflammatory processes. Thus, it is recommended to wash superficial wounds, insect bites, irritations and bruises with chamomile infusion.
The tannins and phenolic compounds it contains promote collagen production, helping to delay cell aging. Gargling with chamomile is also recommended for mouth infections.