Properties of chamomile

We tell you absolutely everything about the properties of chamomile. Take care of your body with this beneficial and delicious infusion.

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Chamomile is one of the oldest known medicinal plants (its origin dates back to Egypt, although it has also been used in Europe for centuries). Belonging to the daisy family, and with a pleasant aroma reminiscent of apple, chamomile's properties are associated with relaxation and digestion. For this reason, it has become indispensable in most kitchens.

The most common means of enjoying the properties of chamomile is in an infusion, although it is not the only way. Chamomile can be inhaled, taken in capsules or used in essential oils, creams, ointments, toothpastes and even in hair cosmetics. As if that were not enough, chamomile is also used in cooking and can be part of desserts or sauces.

What are the benefits of chamomile?

Chamomile has benefits that are worth knowing about. What is chamomile good for? We'll tell you rightaway:

  • It helps relieve stomach pains, such as colic, and improves digestion. 
  • One of its most recognised qualities thanks to the action of flavonoids, which improve intestinal transit. It also relieves a sensation of heaviness.
  • It is naturally calming. It produces a feeling of relaxation, so it serves to relieve stress and anxiety. It also promotes sleepiness, so it is usually recommended for before going to sleep and for those suffering from sleep disorders.
  • It helps activate the immune system. Another of chamomile's properties is that it helps control levels of cortisol, a hormone which decreases the effectiveness of the immune system.
  • It helps in the case of eczema or ear conditions.
  • It is a very effective antioxidant. The polyphenols and terpenoids in chamomile protect tissues from cellular oxidation. It also prevents damage that can be caused by external agents.
  • It helps control the effects of diabetes by maintaining blood glucose levels (the presence of glucose in the blood).
  • It helps maintain healthy skin. Chamomile has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, which help reduce irritations and even the impact of allergies.

Chamomile and anise: what is it for?

Star anise is a tree that comes from southwest China, Korea and Japan. Its unusual star-shaped fruits are used in traditional medicine and, together with chamomile, form an unbeatable duo, with some very interesting benefits.

Chamomile and anise. What is this mixture for, then? You may be wondering. Chamomile with anise has very useful properties similar to those mentioned above: it improves digestion, treats flatulence, relieves abdominal pain, calms nerves and anxiety, prevents urinary infections and helps combat a sensation of heaviness.