Chamomile Flower Tea (digestive health)

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Chamomile has been highly valued in addressing various digestive problems for millennia.

 

German chamomile -Matricaria chamomilla has beautiful daisy-like flowers which are  an uplifting sight with an herbaceous bittersweet aroma reminiscent of a wildflower meadow. This tiny flower yields a deep inky blue viscous essential oil packed with anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and calming plant constituents.

 

These properties give chamomile flowers their renowned healing qualities: calming the digestive system whilst stilling a busy mind and soothing irritated, inflamed skin and mucous membranes.

 

Chamomile’s bittersweet flavour kickstarts the digestive system, as our body’s response to this bittersweet taste encourages the release of secretions such as saliva in the mouth, and the production of digestive enzymes and bile by the liver, improving digestion and absorption, and enabling us to get the best nourishment from our diet.

 

In addition, the carminative properties of blue chamomile flowers are extremely effective in treating conditions like bloating, abdominal distention, flatulence, abdominal pain, ulcerative colitis and IBS.

 

For the most effective digestion support tea, use dry flowers, rinse with cold water, and add these to a pot of boiling hot water. Cover the pot for 5 minutes to get the tea extracted; other herbs or fruits can be added for additional nutritional/medicinal value. Honey may be added to the tea to sweeten it.

 

Chamomile tea should always be prepared in a covered vessel, in order to prevent the steam escaping, as the medicinal value of the flowers may be impaired by evaporation.

Samantha Entwisle – Medical Herbalist

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