Is Chamomile Really Calming? Why?

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For centuries people have used chamomile as an herbal remedy, the most popular method of consumption is drinking chamomile as a tea. Chamomile tea has a calming effect which soothes and relaxes the body. The herb is full of antioxidants that reduce inflammation and improve the lifespan of cells.

Non-Tea Uses

Although chamomile is best known for being consumed as a tea, there are many other ways to enjoy its benefits. Some people take it in capsules, while others rub it on their skin so that they can absorb it in a topical manner. These non-drinking related methods are highly effective and can each offer their own unique advantages for certain situations. Applying chamomile to your skin is great for reducing inflammation or eliminating swelling. And taking the herb orally can help calm your stomach.

What Makes Chamomile Soothing?

The soothing effects that people experience after taking chamomile are the result of the herb’s antispasmodic ingredients. These natural agents work to suppress excessive muscle and nerve activity. It’s a completely safe, all natural way to calm down and get rest.

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History Of Chamomile

While there is a lot of historical lore surrounding chamomile, the plant was not used by modern people until at least the 16th century when it was brought to Britain for medical use. The plant became a popular treatment for digestive issues due to the fact that it was soothing while still being safe enough for children and expecting mothers to consume. After it became popular in England, chamomile made its way to the Americas. Once there, the plant became a staple remedy for many colonial doctors. It was used to treat all kinds of aliments that settlers suffered from in the New World.

As more time passed, doctors began to administer chamomile to women who were giving birth. This helped to lessen the pain they felt during labor, while still remaining harmless to the child. Though not as potent as modern anesthetics, it was an effective tool in its time.¬†Interestingly, gardeners and farmers began to use chamomile as well. These people did not use the herb to heal themselves, but they did use it to revitalize other plants. Many gardeners in the early 1900’s suggested planting chamomile since it seemed to keep the surrounding greens healthy and vibrant.