Chamomile – Chamomile tea – Against colds

Chamomile reduces pain, strengthens the immune system, helps with skin diseases, assists against nervousness, helps with hemorrhoids, helps with the pain in kidneys and bladder...

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Chamomile tea is a beverage of yellow color and aromatic and very pleasant taste and smell. Because of its ingredients this drink was used in various medicinal purposes since ancient times, and it is mostly famous for its extremely calming effect. Chamomile also works very favorably for the skin and is often used in the production of creams but other products as well. Chamomile tea has a long history which is not surprising because of its taste, smell and above all great healing effects.

Healing properties – of chamomile tea

Chamomile is a known cure since ancient times. Various ingredients of chamomile have a proven healing effect.

The healing properties of chamomile:

  • it reduces pain,
  • it is a very good remedy for colds (especially during winter days because it strengthens the immune system and thus acts as a prevention of various colds),
  • it helps with skin diseases,
  • it assists against nervousness,
  • it helps with hemorrhoids,
  • it helps with the pain in kidneys and bladder,
  • it helps in reducing pain of hardened liver or spleen,
  • it works extremely soothing to the organism, thus calming nerve shattering,
  • it helps in the prevention of cancer,
  • it is very good for insomnia,
  • it relaxes muscles,
  • heat packs of tea help with swelling (if they are not warm or tepid then they can also amplify),
  • it helps with skin care,
  • it helps with the headache,
  • it helps with diarrhea,
  • it helps with pain in the lower back and legs (rheumatism),
  • it helps with excretion of urine,
  • it stimulates digestion and improves appetite,
  • it helps with hair loss,
  • it helps with lung diseases,
  • it helps with festering wounds,
  • it helps with kidney stones,
  • it alleviates cramps and menstrual problems.

Preparation – of chamomile tea

Preparation of chamomile tea

A classic way of preparing chamomile tea

  1. Boil the water.
  2. Put one tea spoon of chamomile flowers or 1 filter bag in a cup (if the packaging says different follow the instructions).
  3. Pour 0.2 liters of boiled water over the filter.
  4. Leave the tea for 5-10 minutes depending on your taste.
  5. Strain it.
  6. After this you can start drinking this extremely tasty, calming and above all healing beverage.

Preparation of chamomile tea which alleviates pain in adults

  1. Boil the water.
  2. Put two large spoons of chamomile flowers in a cup.
  3. Pour 2-3 dl of boiled water over the flowers.
  4. Cover and leave the tea for an hour.
  5. Strain by pressing it and sweeten with honey.

Preparation of chamomile tea for better appetite

  1. Boil the water.
  2. Put two large spoons of chamomile flowers in a cup.
  3. Pour 2.5 dl of boiled water over the flowers.
  4. Cover and leave the tea for an hour.
  5. Strain by pressing it
  6. Drink this tea unsweetened before a meal.

Remark!

If chamomile tea is drunk in large quantities, nausea and vomiting can occur. Also this is very rare, but there may be allergic reactions to chamomile.

Other than that during the preparation of chamomile tea, do not cook chamomile because essential oil will evaporate and the tea will lose some of its value.

Additives to the prepared – chamomile tea

Additives to the prepared chamomile tea

As an additive to the chamomile tea you can use honey. Chamomile tea with honey has an extremely soothing effect. Also, you can use lemon or sweetener as an additive.

Packaging – of chamomile tea

In sales chamomile is found in the form of a tea; in filter bags.

There are also various products creams, lotions, shampoos as well as pills and various capsules.

Preservation – of chamomile tea

Preservation of chamomile tea

There are tea containers that can be closed hermetically, made out of glass, porcelain or brass boxes. It is recommended to keep the tea in such containers for up to one year.

Most important of all is to keep the tea in a cool, dry and dark place and away from strong odors such as moisture.

Breeding and picking – of chamomile

Breeding and picking – of chamomile

Chamomile is a herb that grows in the vicinity of villages, on abandoned land, along the roads. It blooms from May to August.

Chamomile grows wild, but today it is increasingly grown. It is grown in temperate regions. The largest exporters of chamomile are Belgium, Italy, France and the United Kingdom in Europe and northwestern Asia, North America and Argentina.

When breeding chamomile the seeds are sown in spring or autumn. Suitable soil is light, and it is very important that the area is sunny. Also when it is warm and dry weather it needs to be watered.

Chamomile has about 15-30 centimeters high, branched stem. The leaves are doubly feathered and flower heads grow individually. Their smell is very pleasant, but the taste is bitter. The pistil is yellow, with a hollow section, and the flower petals are white.

Chamomile is picked in June and July. Only the flower heads are gathered while stalks should be removed.

Processing and classification – of chamomile tea

Processing and classification of chamomile tea

After picking chamomile should be dried. Chamomile flowers and leaves are dried in the shade and well ventilated place. They can also be dried in an oven where the preferred temperature is about 35°C.

There are two types of chamomile: Roman (Chamaemelum nobile) and German (Matricaria recutita) chamomile.

Roman chamomile is a perennial plant with pretty narrow leaves and white flowers. It grows to about 30 cm.

German chamomile is an annual plant. It grows to about 80 cm and its essential oil is dark blue in color.

Origin and history – of chamomile tea

Origin and history of chamomile tea

Chamomile is a herb that has a very rich history. History of chamomile takes us back to ancient Egypt.

Egyptians associated this plant with their god of sun, and they offered it to him. It was used as a drug with embalming as well. The Romans prepared chamomile as a tea, and drank it. Also chamomile was used as incense. The Greeks also knew the healing properties of this plant, and used it as a cure for fever. Also during history the chamomile tea was used for insomnia, nervousness, rheumatism, colds and other illnesses. Today, chamomile has a widening use.

Other

Chamomile

Many other products are also made from chamomile. In fact it is used for all sorts of creams, lotions, shampoos, and in the form of pills and various capsules.

Chamomile is very good for skin care. It is used in various creams for sensitive skin care (irritation, redness, peeling, itching, dryness), and against wrinkles and dark circles around the eyes.

Composition

Chamomile contains calcium, phosphorus, pitch, sulfur, tannin, gum, bitter substances and essential oil that is of dark blue color due to azulene.

Chamomile also contains flavonoid apigenin, which has anti-tumor properties. Like other flavonoids it has the potential to reduce the risk of cancer, but it also has anti-inflammatory properties. It also has been shown that apigenin has a soothing effect.

It is believed that there is a lot of apigenin in chamomile and thyme, and there are chamomile supplements in sales.

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