April 30, 2011

Chamomile Tea - An Introduction

Chamomile tea is a kind of herbal drink which has been consumed since ancient times. Chamomile tea, a well known herbal tea is largely treasured not only for its sweet apple-like fragrance and taste, but also for its medicinal and curative properties.

The origins of Chamomile tea could be traced back to Ancient Egypt, where the people associated this herb with their Sun God, Ra, and thereby presented it as an offering to their God. This herb was also popular as the Plant's Physician by some, because they studied that if it was grown beside any dying plant, the dying plant would recover within a week's time and continue growing normally.

The word 'Chamomile' is derived from the Greek word 'kamai melon' which has meaning 'ground apple', because the rich golden blossoms of the plant smell like freshly cut apples. Chamomiles are grown around the world, however, the most excellentChamomile flowers are the ones grown in the Nile River Valley of Egypt.

The two main types of Chamomile tea are Roman Chamomile tea and German Chamomile tea. Roman Chamomile tea does not come from Rome, instead, is native to Western Europe and North Africa. This tea got its name in the 19th century when a botanist came across some Chamomile plants cultivating in the Roman Coliseum.

Chamomile tea has been taken over thousand years as a healing beverages that had the power to care any disease. Chamomile tea's medicinal properties are vast, and it is generally taken before going to bed. Some  health benefits of this tea are:

  • Relaxation and Sleep Inducer
  • Muscle Relaxant:
  • Cosmetic Uses:
  • Effective Remedy for Skin Ailments:
  • Fever and Colds

Be sure you are not allergic to Chamomile tea. Chamomile tea is a member of the ragweed family, therefore if you are allergic to ragweeds, strictly avoid taking this tea. Pregnant and breast-feeding women are recommended not to consume this drink. Since Chamomile has blood-thinning properties, people on blood thinners such as Coumadin and Warfarin should not consume this tea.

Preparing Chamomile tea is extremely easy. If you are using tea bags, use one bag per cup, and keep it in the cup for some time.

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