German camomile – tea benefits and how to prepare camomile tea
German chamomile has been used for centuries to cure various ailments. Ancient Greeks called it ground apple, and the Anglo-Saxons called the herb “maythen”.
Research into camomile tea benefits.
There are a vast number of studies which have been done on the benefits of camomile and camomile tea. The National Institutes of health published a scientific paper on camomile which lists the benefits of camomile tea.
Camomile tea benefits for cancer care
Various studies have been conducted on how camomile can help to inhibit the growth of cancer tumors. Camomile tea has been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells in breast cancer, ovarian cancer, prostrate cancer and various other human cancer cell lines. The chemical compound found in camomile which is thought to be responsible for this growth inhibition is apigenin and more information can be found on the NIH website – here.
Camomile tea benefits for sleep and stress
Camomile has been traditionally used as a sedative and tranquillizer. Studies now show that camomile has effects on the central nervous system.
Botanical name: Matricaria Recutita
Camomile tea weight loss uses:
• Aids in a goods nights sleep
• Calmative and aids in combating anxiety
Parts of the plant that are used: Flower heads and petals
Where to get it: You can buy ready-made chamomile tea from most supermarkets. It can also be grown in the garden, the flower heads being harvested and then dried and for infusion purposes
How to prepare it:
To create one dose of Chamomile tea, pour 150 millilitres of boiling water over three grams of fresh flower heads and then steep for about 10 minutes.
You can take up to four cups of chamomile tea per day. A 200-400ml strained infusion may also be added to a baby’s bath water to aid sleep.
Cautions and warnings:
People should avoid chamomile if they are allergic to plants in the Asteraceae (Compositae) family. Examples include aster, chrysanthemum, mugwort, ragweed and ragwort.
In theory, chamomile may increase the risk of bleeding when used with anticoagulants or antiplatelet drugs. Examples include warfarin (Coumadin), heparin and clopidogrel
(Plavix). In theory, chamomile may increase the risk of bleeding when also taken with other products that are believed to increase the risk of bleeding. Examples include Ginkgo biloba and garlic (Allium sativum). Chamomile may increase the amount of drowsiness caused by some herbs or supplements, such as valerian. Caution is advised while driving or operating machinery. Tinctures contain alcohol and may increase these effects.
The Relaxation Support supplement from Vitabase offers you Chamomile to help support sleep, sleep and stress reduction: