Health Benefits of Chamomile
Chamomile is a herb of the Asteraceae family that includes daisy-like flowering plants. It occurs in two varieties – the Roman Chamomile that grows in England and the German Chamomile that grows in other parts of the world.
Chamomile is extremely useful for curing skin allergies, burns, rashes, abrasions or other skin problems. It may be applied as an ointment containing the flower extract or may be consumed in the form of tablets.
Chamomile flower extracts contain compounds that have anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties that help in relaxing stomach and intestinal cramps.
For Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Chamomile reduces pain and cramps in the bowel. It also prevents the formation of gas in the intestines.
A cup of chamomile tea is a very effective home remedy for curing migraine.
Precaution – Chamomile contains a naturally occurring compound called coumarin that has anti-coagulant and blood-thinning properties. Hence, it should not be taken with medicines that have similar effects on blood or by people suffering from bleeding disorders. This herb is not recommended for pregnant and nursing women, and also for those who have undergone surgery.
Ice Chamomile Tea
- 8 cups water
- 4 chamomile tea bags
- 1 orange,zest of, removed in strips with a vegetable peeler
- 1 lime, zest of, removed in strips with a vegetable peeler
- 1/4 cup fresh gingerroot, sliced peeled
- 3/4 cup sugar
- In a 4-quart saucepan bring all ingredients to a boil and simmer, covered, 15 minutes.
- Remove pan from heat and cool mixture. Steep mixture, covered and chilled, at least 8 hours and up to 24.
- Pour mixture through a fine sieve into a pitcher.
- This tea keeps, covered and chilled, 1 week.
- Serve in ice-filled tall glasses.
If purchasing organic dried Chamomile(flowerheads)be sure that those you buy are fresh – should be recognizable flowerheads, bright yellow and white
Put the Chamomile into a pot or cup
A standard-strength tea is made with 1 teaspoon dried or 2 teaspoons fresh herb to each cup of water
Add boiling water
Cover with a lid and leave to steep for 10-15 minutes
Strain and drink as required
Can drink hot or cold
Can be re-heated
Will keep in the fridge in a covered container for up to 24 hours
Can be made in a cafetiere (fill with fresh or dried herbs and add boiling water, allow
to steep for 10-15 minutes before pressing down the plunger)