Europeans have been using this remedy for nearly four centuries as a treatment for backache, neuralgia and arthritis…
A hardy evergreen perennial called chamomile that grows in herb gardens worldwide is known for its aromatic and medicinal qualities.
Among the components of chamomile are: essential oils, beta-carotene, p-coumaric acid, tannic acid, a glucoside, coumarin, luteolin, rutin, scopoletin, thymol, boron, calcium, choline, essential fatty acids, folate, inositol, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sulfur, zinc, B-vitamins and vitamins A, C, E and K. The herb also includes the amino acid, tryptophan, which has been used for insomnia since the 1600s.
Chamomile is a natural sedative that has a long history of use as a tranquilizer. Modern science claims that it does indeed soothe frayed nerves, because it actually slows down the central nervous system. This relaxing tonic is excellent for promoting good digestion and helping the gastro-intestinal canal. It also helps to treat irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, dyspepsia, gas, travel (motion) sickness, diarrhea and nervous stomach. As an antispasmodic, it aids in the relief of severe stomach cramps.
Chamomile is used to relieve pain, and traditional herbalists have long recommended it for the pain of backache, neuralgia, rheumatism, headache and arthritis. It helps to bring on menstruation and regulate its flow.
Chamomile is also commonly found in many cosmetics. It is included in shampoos and conditioners, and Chamomile tea is often served in beauty salons to relax facial muscles. Chamomile has been known to whiten skin, soothe sunburn, windburn, eczema and other skin irritations and has also been used as an eye bath and tea bag compress to reduce inflammation and eliminate fatigue. It has also been applied to the skin to treat hemorrhoids, swollen and painful breasts, wounds, rashes and leg ulcers.
Daily stress can make back muscles feel knotted. Chamomile tea offers calming relief to soothe tense muscle tissue. During a break or after work, treat yourself to a steaming mug. Steep 1 tablespoon chamomile flowers in 1 cup boiling water for 15 minutes. Or, you can use a prepackaged chamomile tea. Drink 1 to 3 cups a day for maximized results!