Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Chamomile - soothe a cold, cough and digestion

Matricaria chamomilla (Matricaria recutita), commonly known as chamomile is an annual plant of the composite family Asteraceae. Plant grows to a height of 15–60 cm (6-24inches).
Chamomile is one of the oldest, most widely used and well documented medicinal plants in the world and has been recommended for a variety of healing applications.
One of the active ingredients of its essential oil is the terpene bisabolol. Other active ingredients include farnesene, chamazulene, flavonoids (including apigenin, quercetin, patuletin and luteolin) and coumarin.

Traditional use of chamomile
Chamomile has been used for centuries as an anti - inflammatory, antioxidant, mild astringent and healing medicine. It is used to treat wounds, ulcers, eczema, gout, skin irritations, bruises, burns, canker sores, neuralgia, sciatica, rheumatic pain, hemorrhoids, mastitis and other ailments.

Scientific evaluation of chamomile
Anti-inflammatory and antiphlogistic properties , anticancer aktivity (skin, prostate, breast and ovarian cancer), common cold symptoms (acute viral nasopharyngitis) - inhaling steam with chamomile extract, cardiovascular conditions - regular use of flavonoids consumed in food may reduce the risk of death from coronary heart disease, colic/diarrhea conditions, atopic eczema, gastrointestinal conditions, hemorrhoids, health promotion – consumption of chamomile tea boosts the immune system and helps fight infections associated with colds, inflammatory conditions, mucositis, osteoporosis, sleep aid/sedation, anxiety and seizure, diabetes, sore throat/hoarseness, vaginitis - vaginal inflammation, wound healing, quality of life in cancer patients- essential oils used in aromatherapy, Anticoagulant effect – Coumarin compounds in chamomile such as herniarin and umbelliferone may have blood-thinning properties. Therefore Warfarin and Chamomile should not be taken together (fyki Warfarin interaction with Matricaria chamomilla). The amounts in chamomile tea are small and safe for beverage use in normal, healthy people.

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