Chamomile tea benefits your health, and science supports this theory. For centuries, many cultures have believed that drinking chamomile tea helped fight colds and calm the nerves. Growing chamomile as part of a basic herb garden is easy and will promote your health and well being.
A study, done by one of the worlds largest scientific society, the American Chemical Societys Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, found that chamomile does have medicinal benefits.
In this study, German chamomile (Matricaria recutita), also known as manzanilla was used. The flowers and leaves from the plant were brewed into an aromatic and tasty tea. It was found that there was an increase in the bodys level of hippurate. This is an activity that occurs in the body to fight infection. This could be the reason so many cultures believe that the tea enhances the immune system and fights off colds and infections.
It was also found to increase the levels of an amino acid, glycine. This amino acid has been shown to help relax muscles. Drinking chamomile tea has long been reported to soothe the nerves and is to ease menstrual cramps.
There is new research being done on Chamomile tea and its effects of the prevention of complication of type 2 diabetes. A study by The American Chemical Societys Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry raises hope of a new anti-diabetes drug. In a small study, it was noted that there was a decrease in the release of an enzyme called aldose reductase. This enzyme assists the chemical change of glucose into a sugar alcohol known as sorbitol. Individuals with type 2 diabetes, aldose reductase increases as glucose levels rise in the blood. Those with type 2 diabetes, the sorbitol does not cross the cell membrane easily and builds up in the nerve cells and eyes, resulting in blindness and pain. This gentle and safe herb is truly living up to its reputation.
Make Growing Chamomile Part of Your Basic Herb Garden
The chamomile plant is a hardy annual that grows small flowers, similar to a daisy in appearance. It produces fragrant blossoms that attract bees and butterflies.
It is best to purchase hardy plants from your local nursery to plant after there is no more chance for frost. You can start the seeds indoors, but this can be a delicate process, as the seeds need light to germinate.
This plant loves full sun, but will tolerate partial shade. It grows to a height of 20 to 30 inches high and in some soils can become very invasive.
Other chamomile benefits:
Chamomile tea benefits your health in multiple ways. Growing Chamomile as part of your basic herb garden will allow you to enjoy a flavorful and fragrant pot of tea! There is nothing that can compare to the flavor of tea made from the fresh cut blooms of the Chamomile plant. It is much more flavorful and fragrant that dried. Add a touch of honey or apple juice and you will be in heaven.
To brew this tea
Put one teaspoon of dried flowers, or one tablespoon of the fresh blooms, for each individual cup in a teapot. Pour in boiling water. Allow the tea to steep for ten minutes, and then strain the tea into cups. Use only ceramic, enamel or stainless steel teapots.
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