The following are specific healing properties of the versatile chamomile tea:
As a gentle sleep aid, and perhaps what chamomile tea is best known for. Drinking something hot and soothing a half hour or so before bed does help the body relax and make it more susceptible to sleep. The chamomile flower – no matter its species – contains relaxants and is an anti-spasmodic. That might help give you the edge you may need to fall asleep.
Although not as powerful a painkiller as aspirin or Demerol, for that matter, chamomile does soothe noticeably for mild complaints. Chamomile tea also has antibacterial properties, so you can put it right on your skin (if it’s cool enough!) Here are some ways to use hot, wet chamomile tea bags:
•Not only does drinking the tea help with mild menstrual cramps or painful cramps from diarrhea, the hot bags can be wrapped in an old towel and placed on the point of pain for relief. Be careful – these can be hot.
•Bathe mildly itchy skin with cooled or lukewarm chamomile tea.
•Bathe mild or first-degree burns in COOL tea for pain relief and to clean the area.
•Use a hot tea bag wrapped in an old dish towel or bandage or soak cotton pads in hot chamomile tea as a hot compress for mild earaches, especially if your ears have been irritated by use of ear plugs, or by scratching them too much.
•Some women use the warm chamomile tea bags to relieve cystitis, using the warm tea as a douche or inserting the used tea bag like a tampon.
Drinking lots of chamomile tea, spring water and cranberry juice eases the pain of a mild bladder infection.
As a digestive aid, chamomile is one of the herbs that helps the digestion move along happily, including peppermint, ginger, fennel and parsley. But for one reason or another, you might not like the other teas made from the other herbs. Peppermint is not good for little children or for many people with GERD-type acid reflux disease.
Mix fresh ginger and one chamomile tea bag to make a pot of soothing tea after meals or in between meals to detour any yearnings of snacking. This is also soothing for people who have sickness due to traveling and cannot take peppermint tea.
Great for relieving mild nausea, chamomile tea can be drunk to prevent or ease morning sickness. Pregnant mothers, first check with your healthcare provider first about drinking any herbal teas beyond the second trimester.
The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends drinking between 3 to 4 cups of chamomile tea each day in between meals help to soothe nerves and stress.
Inhaling the steam from chamomile tea helps to soothe a cough.
Use the cooled tea as a mouth rinse to treat gingivitis and mouth sores. Gargle with a mouthful of chamomile tea, and then spit it out as you would any mouthwash. Gargle once a day or as often as you like.
If you are allergic to the ragweed family, reframe from using chamomile tea, chamomile-infused beauty products and just about anything else having to do with chamomile.
sources: homeremediesweb.com, traditionalmedicinals.com