The chamomile flower has its origins in Asia, Europe, Australia and North America and it blossoms during the early days of summers. Belonging to the daisy family it symbolizes purity, healing and new beginnings. It’s a flower small and delicate with potent healing properties. Chamomile extract is golden in color, has a heavenly fruity taste, and is packed with multiple terpenoids, flavonoids, and bioactive components. It has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-cancerous properties and has been used for centuries in the Roman Empire, Egypt and ancient Greece.
Packed with Antioxidants
Chamomile is packed with various antioxidants like terpenoids including acetylene and its derivatives, alpha-bisabolol and chamazulene, and phenolic compounds like the various flavonoids, including apigenin, quercetin, patuletin and glucosides. These compounds are known to lower inflammation by preventing cell mutation and actively fighting off free radicals Antioxidants present in chamomile and its extract help improve the body’s immunity function, helps with mood disorders and reduces pain and swelling. It also slows down the aging process and reverses the visible signs of aging like wrinkles and loss of skin elasticity and promotes an overall healthier skin, hair and nail. Recent studies have also proven that intake of chamomile tea has beneficial effects on the glycemic control and antioxidant status in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Anti-Inflammatory and Pain-Reducing Abilities
Chamomile has been used as a popular home remedy for centuries owing to its considerable anti-inflammatory and pain reducing abilities and is often called an “herbal aspirin”. It is used as an anti-inflammatory remedy for swelling and redness and is effective for alleviating facial swelling, toothaches, and pain from various infections. It is a perfect remedy for various skin conditions including eczema and dermatitis, which have the potential of making an individual’s life quite miserable.
Chamomile’s pain reducing ability means that is can naturally lower pain associated with arthritis, injuries, back pain and fevers. It is used commonly to alleviate pregnancy related pains and are used to sooth the mind and body postpartum. For example, chamomile tea is given to women after labor to relax their abdominal muscles and help them relax in various countries, most commonly Mexico.
A cup or two of chamomile tea a day helps relieve stomach cramps and the pain and pressure it is accompanied with. It is the antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties found in chamomile tea that make it an effective remedy for stomach cramps. It is also known to reduce swelling and pain resulting from an injury.
Chamomile’s anti-inflammatory activity is due to the various terpenoids present in it which block prostaglandin E, a compound that is responsible for inducing inflammation. These compounds also have antimicrobial properties. Owing to its anti-inflammatory properties, chamomile extract is added to various beauty products including lotions for both face and body and also toothpastes.
May Help Fight Cancer
Chamomile extract is known to have anti-cancerous properties and evidence has shown its ability to act as an all-natural cancer treatment by stopping the growth and spread of cancer tumors in the body. The main anti-oxidant at work is apigenin, a bioactive component that has shown a significant potential to fight off cancers of various types, including skin, prostate, thyroid, breast and ovarian cancers. Apingen works by blocking off the ability of cancer cells to live longer than normal and healthy cells of the body, which prevents the cancerous cells from spreading and making it a lot easier for the disease to be treated with drug therapy. Abnormalities in the RNA, molecules carrying genetic information, are responsible for about 80 percent of the cancers. Part of chamomile’s property of being anti-cancerous is derived from its ability to help proteins correct such abnormalities.
As mentioned previously, chamomile has various wonderful anti-inflammatory properties, which can play an active role in warding off cancers of various types. Chamomile is also known to help alleviate stress and depression, which is again helpful with the prevention of cancer, as both inflammation and stress linked to cancer.
Summing it all up, although chamomile tea and its extract has many benefits that can be credited to it, it’s anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-cancerous properties make it a staple home product. It won’t be an exaggeration to say, that it is akin to actual liquid gold in its value for the human body and in keeping it healthy.