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Amazing Uses Of Camomile / Chamomile

Camomile has been used for centuries for various different ailments, be it as a tea or as a compress or as a homeopathic remedy or in a cream as an essential oil. Here is a short list of the amazing uses of camomile that you might not have known about:

1. Great for reducing blood pressure and feeling calmer

Camomile tea is great at the end of the day or the beginning of the day – if you know you are going to have a stressful day – start with a cup of camomile tea – it helps your body relax and makes you feel calmer. In practice, when i have asked clients to start their day with camomile tea instead of coffee, they have actually reported their blood pressure readings to be atleast 10 points lower and feeling a sense of calmness through the day.

2. Great for restlessness and sleeping 

A cup of camomile in the evening for adults and children – especially those that find it difficult to fall asleep because their mind is very active and tend to be on the anxious side – try my favorite camomile tea recipe an hour after dinner.

Camomile nighty tea

1 camomile tea bag

1 cup of almond / rice/ hemp / quinoa milk

1 pinch of ground nutmeg

1 tsp of honey / agave/ coconut sugar

Warm the almond milk and add the rest of the ingredients. Let it sit for 5 minutes. Enjoy. I have found this tea recipe to be great to settle down mentally after a long tiring and restless day, and to calm a restless mind and sleep better.

3. Great for reducing inflammation

Camomile tea is also great for pain and inflammation. You can also add a 1/4 tsp of turmeric milk to the tea recipe above for reducing joint inflammation.

4. Great for upper respiratory tract infection

Feeling congested and fighting of a flu? Try steaming with some camomile tea. Not only does it help fight of the organisms, it also helps to decongest your and clear those plugged sinuses and nostrils. Steaming camomile is also great for calming acne and eczema on the face.

5. Great for relieving tension headaches

Camomile tea is great for relieving tension headaches in general and as well, relaxing the body. You can make the tea recipe given above and add a pinch of dried ginger to it.

6. Great for diaper rash in babies and other skin issues such as rashes.

When applied as a compress on the affected areas, camomile is very soothing and healing for the irritated skin.

7. Great for teething in babies

Homeopathic camomile is great for babies that are teething and inconsolable. Talk to your naturopathic doctor if you have a teething baby and would like to try something alternative for them.

A note of caution: If you are reactive or allergic to the Asteraceae family (ragweed family), you might react to camomile, so please avoid use if you are reactive to the ragweed family.

By: Dr.  Sushma Shah, Naturopathic Doctor, at the Nature’s Intentions Naturopathic Clinic.

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