You’ve probably heard of chamomile tea , as this plant is very popular in Brazilian homes, passed down from generation to generation, although it is mostly cultivated in North America. Chamomile has small white flowers, which resemble a daisy; its cultivation is annual and its harvest must be carried out before it fully matures, to maintain its properties. Its tea has varied properties and benefits , so it can be used in numerous cases and in various ways.
Benefits of Chamomile Tea
The most known benefits of chamomile are:
- It is a source of apigenin, a substance that can block the growth of cancer cells, preventing their spread. This substance also helps proteins correct abnormalities in RNA (molecules that carry genetic information).
- Its most used benefit is that of calming , as it relieves stress . It relaxes the nerves and in some cases acts as a sedative.
- It relieves, in addition to stress, health ailments such as colds and menstrual cramps.
- Tea boosts the immune system to fight infections.
- It increases urinary levels of glycine, an amino acid responsible for relieving muscle spasms – this probably relaxes the uterus.
- It has tannin, a substance that works as a natural healing agent.
- It has an anthemic acid, this oil, dark-toned substance that is used to treat poor circulation, gum inflammation, and bothersome toothaches.
- It is a thermal protector of the skin.
- In compresses over the eyes, it helps to treat conjunctivitis.
- Helps treat diarrhea cases.
The infusion can be used – in smaller amounts – for colic babies or during the teething period, helping to control children’s emotions in these phases. It can be commonly used on hair to lighten it, acting on pigments.
How to do and contraindications
It is easily prepared by infusion. Use 2 or 3 teaspoons of dried chamomile flowers per cup, then add hot water and steep for 3 minutes. Strain and add honey or lemon juice, if you prefer, as they help to adjust the flavor.
As for contraindications: pregnant women should not drink the tea, as it can damage the fetus, including abortion; people who use drugs to treat thrombosis should not take it because it increases the risk of bleeding.