Chamomile tea is made from the leaves and chamomile flowers, Chamomilla recutita (L). Rauschert, which is an herbaceous plant and aromatic.

Chamomile flower, when immersed in hot water to make tea, releases essential oils with calming, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, so that the drink can help anxious people, who have cramps and bloating, as well as being good for the skin .

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The main nutrients of chamomile tea are flavonoids, which have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant action. The latter is important because it fights free radicals and prevent degenerative brain diseases - such as Alzheimer's - cancer and other complications.

Coumarin is also present in chamomile tea and it has antioxidant and antibacterial actions. The plant also has vitamin A nutrient that contributes to good vision, it protects the cornea.

It helps soothe: Chamomile tea helps to reduce anxiety and to have a good night's sleep. This is because the plant has glicenia, a substance that has a calming effect on the nerves and helps you sleep. Moreover, apigenin flavonoid, also present, binds to brain GABA-A receptors in a manner similar to benzodiazepines (tranquilizing drugs), reducing anxiety.

Good for skin: there is no consensus on this benefit of chamomile tea, but some studies have shown that essential oils present in chamomile flower, released during the preparation of tea can be beneficial when applied directly to the skin in packs.

That's because they have anti-inflammatory properties, which act by constricting blood vessels and helping to reduce redness, purple and swelling of the skin and is especially beneficial to reduce dark circles.

Reduces cramps: For its antispasmodic activity, ie which helps to reduce the involuntary contraction of the muscles, chamomile tea can help reduce intestinal cramps and also the gases.

It reduces swelling: The lotion contains chamazulene, a chemical compound that would aid in reducing swelling. It also has a beneficial effect on the liver, helping in the elimination of fat, which would also benefit people who want to lose weight - when combined with a healthy diet and physical exercise.

anti-inflammatory action: The anti-inflammatory action of chamomile tea can be beneficial in many problems, including arthritis and other rheumatic diseases. Talk to your doctor to see if the tea can help in your case.

The orientation is consume between three twelve grams of dried plant camomile, and to prepare a cup of 200 ml of chamomile can use one tablespoon of dried plant. It is also recommended not to exceed the consumption of two or three cups of chamomile tea a day.

To drink: Use about one tablespoon of dried plant 200 ml of water. After boiled water, add dry chamomile and let steep for about five minutes. Coe and is ready to consume. It is recommended not to drink more than three cups of tea a day.

How to compress: To use chamomile tea as a compress, prepare the tea as you would to drink. Then wait until it is bite, grab a clean cloth, dip it into the drink and put it gently on the eyes. Leave for a few minutes and remove.

People who take anticoagulants should avoid drinking chamomile tea. This is because the herb may reduce the effectiveness of some medications aimed to fight the disease.

Chamomile tea is not recommended for pregnant women because there is the possibility of increasing the risk of miscarriage. People who take anticoagulants should also avoid consuming the drink.

Excess chamomile tea can cause sedation, hypotension, diarrhea, insomnia, nervous excitement, nausea and vomiting.

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Chamomile Iced tea with lemon and honey

iced tea of ​​chamomile and ginger

Maria Angelica Fiut, nutritionist and herbalist president of the Association of Herbal Medicine - CRN: 05101043/04.

Cintya Bassi, nutritionist and Maternity Hospital Saint Kitts - CRN: 21838/03.

Maria Eugenia Gutheil, nutritionist consultant of the Brazilian Association of Diet Food industry - CRN: 42874/03.