Chamomile tea – natural antiseptic
Chamomile tea is a natural antiseptic, highly appreciated in natural therapy. Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla), is a grassy plant, strongly aromatic, annual or biennial, with tall stems and clustered flowers, golden yellow, with white petals, like a daisy. Only flowers (flower capitulations – Flores Chamomilelae) are used for therapy, which dries in the shade in a thin layer. Chamomile grows in spontaneous flora and blooms from April to May to August.
Since ancient times, chamomile has been used to treat digestive diseases, due to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and rheumatism-related problems, infections with intestinal parasites, as well as in the improvement of skin conditions.
Chamomile tea benefits
The benefits of chamomile tea have been known for many years in natural medicine, due to its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and astringent properties. Chamomile tea, is indicated in diseases of the stomach and intestines, spasms, gastritis, auteritis, colitis, colic, bloating, cold and flu, sinusitis, insomnia, menstrual disorders, hemorrhoids. Due to the antiseptic action, chamomile tea is also used in wounds with pus, burns, hemorrhoids, skin ulcers, leukorea and dental abscesses.
Chamomile contains active principles in the categories of flavonoids and terpenoids. Chamomile essential oil is highly appreciated in the cosmetic industry. Contains salicylic acid, vitamin A, riboflavin, minerals: calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, manganese and sodium). Volatile oil is rich in chamazulena, bitter substances, flavonoids, substances of a coumarinic nature, choline and mucilages.
It has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, carminative, antiallergic, epithelial, healing action. Another effect is that of inactivation of bacterial toxins in particular staphylococcus and streptococcus.
Method of preparation and administration
For chamomile tea we use 2-3 teaspoons of flowers to a cup of boiled water. Leave to infuse for 10-20 minutes. They drink 2-3 cups a day. This infusion is indicated in: gastritis, gastric and duodenal ulcers, diarrhea, colitis, enterocolitis, urinary infections, acne, stimulation of liver function, premenstrual pain, prevention of flu and gout.
For the calming of colic in young children, chamomile infusion, prepare more diluted, a grated teaspoon of flowers, to a cup of water. In gingivitis and stomatitis, we prepare a more concentrated chamomile infusion, from three tablespoons of flowers, to a cup of water. Concentrated infusion garage is also indicated in tonsillitis, mouth sores or for mouth disinfection. For external use, poultices consisting of compresses soaked in a concentrated infusion shall be used.