Chamomile has a very impressive list of therapeutic properties. It harbors antioxidant, anti-anxiety, antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, and antispasmodic properties.
It appears that there are a few therapeutic compounds that give chamomile its powers. The active constituents are flavonoids, such as apigenin, and volatile oils, such as bisabolol and chamazulene. As such, these active ingredients have shown to promote wound healing and reduce inflammation.
When taken internally, British researchers discovered that this sweet aromatic herb can enhance the immune system by stimulating the infection-fighting white blood cells. As such, chamomile tea may be helpful if you have a cold or the flu. It certainly does no harm to try several cups of brew!
Chamomile is also well-renowned for its tranquilizer effects and, as such, it is often used to help combat anxiety and insomnia. The constituent apigenin may be the active ingredient responsible for chamomile's anti-anxiety and sedative powers. In addition, chamomile tea can promote a real relaxing effect after a hectic day.
One of the most prized benefits of chamomile as well as the most widely accepted use of chamomile is as a digestive aid and carminative. It is considered very useful for managing many gastrointestinal complaints such as colic, indigestion, gastritis, diarrhea, and peptic ulcers.
Other possible chamomile tea benefits include: menstrual cramps, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), tension headaches, and morning sickness.