Chamomile is something that individuals will commonly drink in tea-form if they happen to have some trouble falling asleep at night — however, the benefits of this daisy-like plant go beyond just fighting insomnia, and some of the ways it can improve certain ailments may actually surprise you.

Muscle and Joint Pain

Dark Circles

Stress and Anxiety

Other Benefits of Chamomile

The potency of chamomile depends on the brand of tea bags that you buy as well as where you buy your essential oil from. There is the potential to develop side effects from chamomile, so it’s always best to start with a low amount/dose and slowly work your way up to what you find best-suited to you and your needs. As for what makes chamomile so effective, it contains chemicals known as flavonoids, which is a type of nutrient that is found in a variety of plants — including fruits and vegetables. Among some of the many benefits of flavonoids include reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, asthma and cancer, and they are also attributed to protecting the brain.

You should avoid the use of chamomile if you have a history of allergies (especially to pollens), or if you have had a previous allergic reaction to chamomile products, even if that allergic reaction was mild, as allergies can worsen over time. Infants and young children should also avoid use of chamomile products.

Originally published at http://alighahary.ca on April 26, 2019.

Dr. Ali Ghahary is a Family Physician in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. http://www.alighahary.ca

Dr. Ali Ghahary is a Family Physician in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. http://www.alighahary.ca