Chamomile grass is also called uterine. This is an annual plant that reaches a height of up to 40 centimeters and has many branches. It belongs to the Asteraceae family, and has long been known as a medicinal plant. Medicinal chamomile in nature is quite rare, it is mainly grown by hand, after which it can spread freely.
This grass is unpretentious - it grows on hills and slopes, along roads or directly in the fields. In addition, it is willingly grown thanks to its healing properties. Medicinal chamomile differs from all other chamomile in the form of a basket: it looks like a pin, has an empty bottom, and also small leaves. In addition, it differs from the rest of the species in a pleasant aroma, while field and dog chamomile have a sharp, rather unpleasant odor.
The composition of the flowers includes up to 1% of the essential oil, which contains chamazulene, the main biologically active component, due to which chamomile has pronounced healing properties. The fight against inflammation is associated with the action of quercetin, and caprylic acid fights against fungal diseases.
Chamomile contains a huge amount of substances, the main ones are indicated in the table.
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Harvesting and application
For medicinal purposes, only a pharmacy chamomile is used, since it is it that has a composition that allows you to fight many diseases. Flowers are harvested from the beginning of June until the end of summer, since it is during this period that it contains the largest amount of essential oil. If it is planned to make baths, the plant is completely dried. The main active ingredient in chamomile is essential oil, it helps to calm the intestines, has some analgesic effect.
White chamomile is widely known and often used, it can be bought at any pharmacy. It is rightfully considered one of the best ways to treat various inflammations, including inflammation of the stomach. If a person has an ulcer, on the recommendation of a doctor, he can drink chamomile to relieve symptoms and promote wound healing. However, it is important to know that a pronounced effect will occur only if you take it regularly for several months.
It is this anti-inflammatory effect that can also be used for inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, including the intestines. Chamomile is recommended for use with excessive excitability and neuralgia, very often used to treat gynecological problems such as uterine bleeding or excessively painful menstruation. For treatment, use infusions and decoctions, which each have their own indications. The recipe for chamomile is very simple, and you can make tea, tincture or decoction from it.
Chamomile and its medicinal properties are widely known. In general, it is harmless, but it can not be taken in too much. Otherwise, this can lead to an overdose, which will cause serious depression of the central nervous system, lethargy, weakness or even headache. Still, it should not be taken by those who are prone to diarrhea.
Chamomile is most often remembered in the treatment of colds. In this case, it is a very useful warming agent, which at the same time reduces inflammation. They recommend taking it also for those who suffer from excessive gas formation in the intestines or from too strong muscle cramps. The effect of chamomile on good digestion is undeniable, as it stimulates the release of more gastric juice in a natural and very gentle way. In addition, it helps to absorb and remove many toxins and waste products from the body.
In addition, if you have severe intestinal pain, you can try chamomile in the absence of other medicines. It is completely safe, able to reduce pain, and relieve inflammation. Tea made from flowers helps stimulate the gall bladder for more efficient outflow of bile from the body, and also improves the functioning of its ducts.
This amazing flower is used to support the liver and kidneys, and fight against endocrine diseases.
For the nervous system and heart
On the basis of chamomile, many drugs are created that are designed to treat the nervous system or stop the blood. This does not mean that it should be drunk only by those who are seriously ill: in particular, it helps healthy people relieve stress and tension, normalize sleep and calm down. So if you are harassed by stress, you don’t need to turn to any medications, you can drink chamomile regularly in the form of tea to normalize sleep and feel much better.
Motherwort can also help the nervous system if you do not like the taste of chamomile. Or you can use vitamins to strengthen the nervous system, most importantly - do not forget to take them regularly.
Chamomile can be used for those who have heart problems, including arrhythmia. In this case, it can be taken, but only if your doctor allows you to. In general, it acts well not only on the heart, but also calms the nervous system, thereby reducing anxiety and improving heart function. In the form of tea, it is recommended to take it also with serious intellectual stress or with neurosis.
For better heart function, you can take vitamins for blood vessels and use special nutrition for hypertension.
Chamomile pharmacy reaches maximum healing properties in early summer, more precisely in mid-June. Chamomile flowers are carefully cut off or torn off, then carefully sorted, removing all excess impurities and wilted buds, and then dried. To do this, sprinkle flowers on paper with a not very thick layer and dry in a place with good ventilation. Including for this you can use dryers at a temperature of no higher than 40 degrees. After drying, the flowers lose most of their mass, approximately 80%.
It is important to dry the flowers thoroughly, as they are not well enough dried and spoil very quickly. If the flowers are overdried, they will turn into dust, in which the healing properties of chamomile will not be preserved. Dried flowers can be stored in special paper bags or in tissue for up to 12 months. Then, in order to extract all the healing properties from the dried flowers, it is necessary to expose them to temperature. Most often, tea from flowers is used, but for a more pronounced medicinal property, the flowers need to be heated in a water bath, and not boiled in an open flame.
In fresh or dried form, to extract all the beneficial properties of chamomile, it is exposed to temperature. At the same time, it should not be boiled over an open fire, it is better to use a water bath so as not to expose this flower to too high temperatures. This is due to the fact that under the influence of high temperature, the chamazulene contained in the flowers is destroyed.
The main thing is to remember that you can only take a pharmacy chamomile, so if you do not know which type is a pharmacy, it is best to buy it in dried form from pharmacists.
To prepare a strong infusion, you need to take one tablespoon of chamomile, pour 250 ml. boiling water, let it brew in a sealed container, and then strain it well through several layers of gauze.
Another way to prepare the infusion is to take 1 part of the flowers, pour 10 parts of water and heat in a water bath for 20 minutes. Then it must be well filtered.
To make a decoction of chamomile, you need to fill it with boiled water, put in a water bath and simmer for half an hour at a not very high temperature. After that, let them brew well, strain and add warm boiled water to return the original volume of water.
In order to make tincture for compresses, you need to take 1 part of chamomile flowers, place in a glass container (best in a bottle), and add 5 parts of diluted alcohol or vodka there. Close the container tightly and send for a week to a cool place, do not forget to shake periodically. After a week, strain the resulting tincture, transfer it to another glass dish, preferably dark in color, and add vodka or alcohol so that the original volume is obtained. After this, it is necessary to insist it for another week, not forgetting to shake it, then filter it again well.
If everything turned out right, the tincture will have a transparent color and a pleasant aroma of chamomile. If you want to take chamomile tincture inside, consult with your doctor first, as it has a strong therapeutic effect due to the high concentration of substances contained in the chamomile. If the doctor allows you this treatment, do not continue it for more than two weeks.
It is chamomile tea that is most often used to treat sore throat and to support the state of the nervous system. It can be taken without the advice of a doctor, especially since it is prepared very simply. To make tea, take a teaspoon of chamomile flowers, add 250 ml of boiling water and leave for several minutes. If you do not like the taste of the broth, you can add a few tablespoons of honey to it to improve the taste. This simple recipe will help you deal with insomnia and reduce overwork.
Chamomile with a cold
You can use chamomile for inhalation. To do this, take 2 tablespoons of flowers, add 250 ml of boiling water and let it brew. After another 30 minutes, add a liter of boiling water and inhalation. This will help reduce inflammation of the nasopharynx, simplify breathing and reduce discomfort.
In the case of a cold, you need to take a teaspoon of chamomile, add a glass of hot water and insist for several hours, it is best to do this in a thermos. In this form, it is used for compresses, which are placed on the nose bridge to warm and reduce inflammation.
With angina, it is very good to gargle with chamomile infusion: brew a tablespoon of chamomile in a glass of boiling water, then rinse for a while in a water bath, strain thoroughly and gargle as necessary. The result will be much more pronounced if you add a tablespoon of celandine to this infusion.
Chamomile for children
Chamomile is used to bathe children. It is superbly capable of relieving skin irritation or inflammation, and is therefore considered an excellent natural remedy for newborns. To make a bath for a child, you need to take a tablespoon of chamomile, add a liter of hot water to it and let it brew for a while. After that, it is necessary to carefully strain the resulting infusion so that the flowers do not fall on the delicate skin of the child. Add it to the baby baths little by little. Such a tool copes with inflammation of the skin and helps the child calm down and sleep soundly. However, you must remember that it is not recommended to use it every day.
For external use
Chamomile is very good for delicate treatments such as inflammation of the eyes or mucosal problems. The decoction is used for a variety of skin diseases, including rashes, burns and ulcers. It helps maintain skin freshness, including use for baths with excessive sweating of the feet.
Chamomile infusion, which is used for external use, is prepared as follows: 250 milliliters of boiling water is added to 2-3 tablespoons of chamomile, and then insisted for an hour in a tightly closed container. After this, the infusion must be filtered to remove residues.
If you need to relieve pain and leg fatigue, you can use compresses - for this you need to take flowers (3 tablespoons), pour 1.5 liters of boiling water and let it brew, then strain and use for compresses. It will be great if you add flax seeds to the infusion. It is also great for burns as a disinfectant.
Chamomile is able to help people with radiation, baths or compresses are used for this. The effect will be better if sea buckthorn leaves are added there; the main thing is to use them for a month or longer. In this case, a more pronounced therapeutic effect can be achieved if fresh pollen is added to the bath or compresses, if it can be obtained. Also, chamomile will be an excellent assistant for insomnia, just add it to the bath and take it every other day for maximum effect.
Use for hair
Chamomile is very convenient to use in order to strengthen the hair, reduce fat, and promote their growth. To do this, use a special broth with which they wash their hair. Such a decoction is prepared very simply: 4 tbsp. of these flowers are poured with 1.5 liters of boiling water, this mixture must be boiled for several minutes. It is best used to rinse your hair after washing your hair.
With the help of chamomile, you can try to dye your hair, especially it is effective for gray hair. For staining, you need to take 1 part of chamomile, pour it with three parts of water and insist for several hours in a sealed container in the heat, preferably in a thermos. Then you need to apply this decoction to your hair and hold for up to 2 hours, wrapping your head in a towel. After this, the broth must be washed off. The result of dyeing will not last very long, but it is a very simple natural way to dye your hair.
In chamomile, there are few contraindications. However, it can have a harmful effect in some cases. In particular, it is not recommended to be taken during gastritis, in which there is a lack of hydrochloric acid. In addition, some people have individual intolerance - in this case, reception should also be abandoned.
Also, despite all the benefits, chamomile must be taken in strictly prescribed doses: overdose may cause coughing, headache and dizziness, exacerbation of pain during menstruation, or nausea and diarrhea. Chamomile during pregnancy can be taken by lactating women only if the doctor allows it. It is he who indicates how many chamomiles and in what form you can take.