chamomile infusion

Use

– Digestive problems (ulcers and acidity, nausea and vomiting , gastroenteritis , infantile colic ), chills, insomnia , nervousness, menstrual cramps , allergy , hay fever (pollen allergy), cancer (possible effect, see Notes below). Sometimes indicated during urinary disorders.
– Inflammation and ulcers in the mouth (use in gargles, read the Dosage below).

Ingredients

For a cup of chamomile infusion use:
– 1 tablespoon of dried chamomile flowers
– About 200 mL of water

Fresh chamomile
flowers You can also use fresh chamomile flowers, use about 2 tablespoons of freshly picked chamomile flowers.
It is recommended to use freshly picked chamomile flowers within 24 hours. If you want to keep them for several days, you can put them in the freezer in a plastic bag along with a slightly damp paper towel.

Notes:
– For a stronger effect, especially against sleep disorders, you can triple the dose, thus using 3 tablespoons or 3 sachets (available in pharmacies) of dried chamomile flowers. See also Preparation below.

Preparation

– Boil the water and add it to the chamomile flowers.

– Leave to infuse for about ten minutes (to obtain an effective dose of active substances)

Note :
In order to obtain a higher concentration of active ingredients (for example, for its calming effect, against sleep disturbances), it is possible to place a small plate or lid over the cup immediately after starting the infusion, so that the active ingredients evaporate.

Observations on the use of chamomile:
– The infusion of fresh chamomile flowers is less bitter and sweeter than that prepared with dried flowers. With the fresh flowers you can taste apple-like and fruity.
– To improve the taste, you can add a sprig of mint in the preparation of this infusion.

Posology

– In cases of digestive disorders, drink Roman chamomile flower tea several times a day, if possible 30 min. before meals.
– As a gargle, in case of inflammation or ulcers in the mouth.
– In case of sleepiness, drink herbal tea 20 minutes before going to bed (if necessary, triple the dose of chamomile for a stronger effect and cover with a lid during infusion, see Ingredients and Preparation ).

Use during pregnancy:
There is little information about the safety of chamomile tea during pregnancy, as noted by the US reference institution UC Berkeley in a health newsletter published in 2018 (UC Berkeley Wellness Letter) . Therefore, pregnant women should drink this tea in moderation and consult a herbalist.

Contraindications: Allergy to chamomile, but also to other plants of the Asteraceae family, such as common ragweed ( Ambrosia artemisiifolia ). 

Side effects:
Risk of allergic reaction. In case of overdose: insomnia, nausea.

Contraindications:
Allergy to chamomile (but especially to the essential oil).

Comments 

Scientific studies on chamomile tea:
Calming effects and action on sleep
– Scientific studies have partially proven the sleepy and calming effect of chamomile. For this indication, it is better to use a large dose of chamomile (3 tablespoons or 3 sachets) and cover the infusion with a lid for 10 minutes (see Preparation ). However, few placebo-controlled studies have shown the efficacy of chamomile as a tranquilizer and in use for sleep disorders, as reported by US landmark UC Berkeley in a health newsletter published in 2018 ( UC Berkeley Wellness Letter ). For example, in a study published in 2011 inBMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine (DOI: 10.1186/1472-6882-11-78 ), 17 people with insomnia used pills containing chamomile extract (a higher dose than in tea) or placebo, 2 times a day for 28 days. Sleep analyzes showed no significant or consistent beneficial effect on any aspect of sleep. In fact, the placebo group slept longer.
Other studies were more favorable, but without a placebo group. These include an Iranian study published in the Journal of Education and Health Promotion (DOI: 10.4103/jehp.jehp_109_15) in 2017, which analyzed 77 elderly people in nursing homes who used chamomile capsules twice a day or did not use capsules for four weeks. Based on a questionnaire, researchers found a significant improvement in sleep quality in the chamomile group. But as mentioned earlier, there was no placebo control group.

Why would true chamomile be a calming agent? Laboratory studies suggest that some flavonoids found in chamomile may affect neurotransmitters in a way that could reduce anxiety and thus promote sleep. It’s also likely that the tea’s warmth and aroma help drinkers relax, and that the expected benefits could produce a placebo effect, according to UC Berkeley .

– In Mexico, chamomile tea is often used in digestive problems such as: colic, gastroenteritis, spasms and diarrhea.
– In June 2015, a study conducted with Native Americans or those of Mexican descent over the age of 65 showed that regular consumption of chamomile tea led to a reduction in mortality among women. However, researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch who conducted this study did not find a reduction in mortality among men consuming chamomile. Scientists do not know the origin of this difference, a hypothesis stems from the fact that women consume chamomile tea more regularly than men.
– In a small Greek study published in April 2015 in the European Journal of Public Health, regular consumption of chamomile tea was correlated with a decreased risk of thyroid cancer . Currently, researchers are not in a position to clearly state that chamomile tea has an effect on preventing thyroid cancer, but it is possible to observe a correlation. In other words, people who consumed chamomile tea over a long period had a lower risk of developing this type of cancer.
Chamomile, combined with the Mediterranean diet, may be the cause of this decreased risk of cancer. The study found that consuming sage tea also led to a decreased risk of cancer, but not as much as chamomile tea. In Greece, about 1.6 people per 100,000 population are diagnosed with thyroid cancer each year, versus 13.2 people in the United States and 5.2 people in Europe per 100,000 population. Flavonoids, found in chamomile tea, may be behind this protective effect against cancer.

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