Chamomile is one of the oldest and most widely used flowering plants in ancient medicine and continues to this day to be used to treat a number of ailments including: hay fever, inflammation, muscle spasms, menstrual disorders, insomnia, ulcers, wounds, gastrointestinal disorders, rheumatic pain, and hemorrhoids. It contains over 100 different metabolites with many appearing to be beneficial to human health. Apigenin is the most promising compound, and if you have been following these superfoods you will remember apignenin appears to have cancer fighting properties (see celery’s superfood status which also includes apigenin).
Chamomile can be used as a tincture and as oral supplements but like ginger, which we talked about a couple of weeks ago, it is most widely and inexpensively consumed as a tea. Teas are usually the whole plant or part of the plant, like the leaves that are dried and crushed. They produce subtle effects over a period of time.
How about trying a new 2018 routine and relax with a cup of ginger- chamomile tea every night before bed? It might just benefit you more than you ever could imagine.
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What recipe? Get out there and buy some of that tea! My personal favorite is Tazo brand which I mix with a bag of mint tea nightly.
Liz Weinandy, M.P.H., R.D.
Besides being a member of the 614Fitness community, Liz is a Registered Dietitian and staff dietitian at the OSU Wexner Medical Center. She has published numerous articles on diet and appears often on local television.