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Chamomile | Herb of the Week

 

Because of it’s extraordinarily gentle effectiveness, chamomile is the first herb of choice for many home remedies. The seemingly endless list of uses for chamomile can all be traced to its effects on the nervous system and digestive system, as well as its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Chamomile | Herb of the Week - The Other Side
There is a wide range of benefits from regular use of chamomile. Three of the top benefits include this herb’s anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, and anti-bacterial properties. Chamomile comes from the plant commonly known as passionflower. There are different varieties however. Most of the world uses the German variety for medicinal purposes. Britain commonly uses the Roman variety. Both provide the same benefits. They contain the active ingredient, chrysin. This activates the chamomile benefits described in medical texts from Ancient Egypt through modern times. Long known in traditional medicine, modern medicine is finally waking up to the fact that chamomile is a valuable medical option.

Chamomile’s anti-inflammatory properties help with alleviating inflammatory bowel disease, heartburn, and diverticular disorders. It also helps alleviate external inflammation when applied as a poultice or part of a cream. Inflammation is part of the body’s defense mechanisms to protect against pathogens and other foreign invaders. Most inflammation goes away quickly. However, chronic inflammation can cause many medical conditions, inside and out. One of the significant chamomile benefits is its ability to help bring down inflammation for both acute and chronic problems. Many find that taking chamomile pills helps keep chronic inflammation under control.

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