Tuesday, February 28, 2012

What you should know about chamomile?

Small white flowers are used for centuries as a cure worldwide. Whether you are taking refreshment or as a supplement in the form of tea, you should know that chamomile despite numerous proven useful properties and causes certain side effects.
The practice of using chamomile tea from the plant goes back to ancient history. The ancient Greeks and Romans, and even the Egyptians believed that he could cure the fever, abdominal pain and mitigate the consequences of stroke.

Slovaks, for instance, have always relied so much on this plant, that all his folk exactly on it.

Ivan Salamon, Slovak chamomile expert said: "Our people believe that everyone has to bow deeply every time you encountered this plant." In German chamomile is said to "zutraut alles" which means capable of everything.

Medicine now supports some of these claims, and is considered an official drug in 26 countries worldwide.Chamomile tea and supplements on the basis of these plants came from Europe and Asia, but it grows on every continent around.

The tree plants is relatively low - reaching a height of 20 to 40 inches. Identified by small white flowers with yellow. The stems and flowers are used in all applications. Chamomile has two varieties - German and Roman.German chamomile is considered more effective and is used in almost all countries except Britain. It is not difficult to grow at home or in a pot.

The benefits of chamomile

Real medical benefits of chamomile remains a subject of debate. This plant is used for making tea, is in the form of tablets, tinctures and oils. It is used in creams, balms and bath. Chamomile can be found in all supermarkets, health food stores and pharmacies, as sufficient proof of its popularity.

The plant contains oils and flavonoids such as apigenin, luteolin and quercetin. Many researchers believe that these are precisely the ingredients responsible for the antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties of chamomile.

Although it has not been reliably conducted research on the safety of use, most people consider to plant in all its forms has very useful properties. It is used by nearly all the symptoms of sleep disturbance and inflammation, aids in healing of bronchitis, coughs, colds, fever, sore throat, infections and wounds. One small scale study in the UK proved that chamomile helps in the treatment of muscle spasm.

Most people in the world at least once in their lifetime drinking chamomile tea, but the Europeans are used in other forms. Today there are tablets of this plant, as well as guides for rinsing the nose and throat. It is used even in the treatment of hemorrhoids.


Side effects

Despite all its positive sides, chamomile tea can not stand all. One of the most serious side effects is shown to people who are allergic to chamomile. In particular anaphylactic shock occurs, swelling of the throat and shortness of breath. There may be up to rashes, allergic conjunctivitis and other similar problems.

Some people may feel dizzy, vomiting and even bleeding. Those who suffer from any problems with coagulation, you should not use it, as well as pregnant women, because theoretically, chamomile may act as a stimulant and uterine contractions may lead to premature birth.

It is recommended that nursing mothers avoid and, as prevention.

Should consult with a physician

Although it is useful to read the ingredients and know their effects on the body, before any treatment or change in eating habits, you should consult with a physician. If you have a chronic illness or are taking other medications, herbs or supplements, ask your doctor whether it is safe to use chamomile or any other plant.


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