Chamomile is one of the oldest medicinal herbs in the world and its natural antidepressant properties are used in alternative medicine for treating a variety of disorders such as anxiety, depression, muscle spasms, inflammation, menstrual disorders, cancer, cold and flu, eczema, hemorrhoids, diabetes, sore throat, vaginitis, minor wounds, cardiovascular disease and gastrointestinal disorders. Many successful studies all over the world have proven the positive effects of chamomile herb on people.
Chamomile can be taken internally as a tea or in a form of a capsule. Other way to benefit from chamomile is inhaling vaporized chamomile essential oil in order to ease insomnia, anxiety and depression. Chamomile is commonly used in order to promote anxiety and stress relief along with relaxation and good night sleep. There are two types of chamomile: English and German. Both appear to have the same properties even though they are two distinct species. In North America more commonly used is the German chamomile plant.
According to various researchers, chamomile capsules appear to have calming effect on anxiety and depression symptoms. Drinking chamomile tea may also offer similar benefits. It is thought that a specific flavonoid (a chemical that occurs naturally in some plants) is what contributes to relaxing properties of chamomile. This flavonoid content in chamomile stimulates the release of neurotransmitters like noradrenalin, dopamine, serotonin and Gama Amino Butyric Acid (GABA) which all have a calming effect and help ease anxiety and depression symptoms. Rich in antioxidants, chamomile has many of the same anti-inflammatory properties as green tea. It is also naturally caffeine free.
It is often suggested for chamomile tea to be enjoyed before bedtime by steeping 2 to 3 tbsp. of dried chamomile flowers in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. If tea bags are used, it is suggested to steep tea approximately 5 minutes before drinking. Chamomile should be taken at least 30 minutes before bedtime. Chamomile tea can be taken with milk and honey (optional).
Although chamomile is considered as one of the safest herbs you can take; it should be avoided by people that have asthma as it can increase their symptoms. Also, pregnant women should stay away from chamomile due to increased risk of miscarriage. People with allergies to aster, daisy or sunflower family of plants may have an allergic reaction to chamomile.
Chamomile tea has mild sedative effects and it is believed that helps relieve insomnia and encourages good night sleep, free of nightmares. Insomnia and sleepless or restless nights often go hand in hand with worry and melancholy and can cause depression. Chamomile tea offers better quality of sleep for most people.
Prescription medication for anxiety and depression can be expensive and are often accompanied by unpleasant side effects, possible dependence and even cultural stigma. Many people prefer chamomile as a safe, natural and inexpensive way to manage anxiety and depression and boost emotional health and wellness.
In order to enjoy long lasting benefits of chamomile, drinking a cup of tea should be made part of a daily routine. Steep a cup of tea, inhale it’s wonderful and relaxing fragrance for some beneficial aromatherapy and feel your anxiety melt away and with it sadness and apathy of depression.