Chamomile is most familiar, one of the most used and best-researched herbs in the science world. The name “Chamomilla” derives from ancient times and in translation it means “earth apple”. It is believed that the name is associated with the pleasant aroma of chamomile. Ancient Egyptian healers used it as an analgesic for sunburns.They called it “Flower of the Sun God.” Little gentle flower really looks like the sun, but its many healing properties are the reason to become one of the most widely used medicinal plants from ancient times untill now. Pronounced are its anti-inflammatory, calmative, analgesic, spasmodic,carminative and bactericidal effects. It is used internally and externally like almost universal remedy for many diseases of the digestive, urinary, respiratory and cardiovascular systems, disturbances of mental disorder, treatment of skin problems and wounds, and even for cosmetic procedures such as lightening the hair.
Chamomile is a wild annual plant of the Decompound family. Grows in all kind of weather conditions and today is the most widely cultivated herb. It is cultivated throughout the world, but it is believed that the most high-quality herbs are in Egypt and Slovakia.Flower (flos chamomillae), in dried or fresh form is mainly used part of the plant. The chemical composition shows content of: essential oil (0.3 to 1.2%) with large amounts of paraffin and sesquiterpenes, organic acids, mucous substances, coumarins, of flavonoids, fatty acids, bitter substances, vitamin C and provitamin A ect.
The products which are used:
- Chamomile butter - obtained by steam distillation of the entire overground part of the flowering plant. It contains many components, the basic one is chamazulene. High-quality chamomile butter has a characteristic saturated blue color;
- Chamomile extract -only flowers of the herb are used, which are poured with lukewarm water and stay in dark and cool, the liquid is filtered and the extract has all the beneficial properties of the fresh plant;
- alcohol extract - the herb is poured with pure alcohol or rakia, vodka, wine at home;
- infusion or tea of chamomile is the most common way to use it at home. Use fresh or dried flowers of chamomile.
Scientific researches prove that taken internally in the form of infusion (tea), capsules with butter or chamomilr extract , this universal herb acts positive to number of problems with the gastrointestinal tract and kidneys like spasms, pain, vomiting, relaxes the smooth muscles and mucosa. Acts beneficially on the nervous system, reduces symptoms of the stress and intensity, calms locomotor hyperactivity and significantly improves the condition of anxiety neurosis and insomnia.Drinking chamomile tea is recommended for women with painful cycle. Commonly used herb for baby colic, ideal product for sore throat in young children.
Very good effect is observed in external use of chamomile preparations (ointment and cream) in cases of toxic skin irritation and sunburns in 1 and 2 stages. Clinical studies shows that preparations of oil or chamomile extract act in skin irritation and redness, atopic eczema and skin peeling better or equal to hydrocortisone preparations, without causing side effects. Chamomile has proven antibacterial and antifungal effects, so it is often used in gynecology and dermatology for baths, compresses and washings. Most often in folk medicine it is recommended to gargle or inhalation in upper respiratory tract inflammations, for flu and colds, toothache and mouth ulcers. Compress or even just washing with infusion or extract of chamomile relieve tired and strained eyes after long standing in front of the computer screen or TV. Baths with chamomile act favorably on sweating of the feet and hands.
Due to its rich content of nutrients and proven positive effects on skin chamomile found its place in the cosmetic line of BIO G “ARGENTUM”. It is used oil and chamomile extract which enhance disinfecting and anti-inflammatory effect of colloidal silver and act synergistically with other ingredients of our products. At the same tme they ,hydrate, soften, calm baby’s skin and stimulate circulation of blood.
At home for internal and external use, you can make:
- Tea or infusion of chamomile: just pour 1-2 tablespoons of dried flowers with 250 ml of hot water. The infusion is complete after 10 minutes. According to some sources, the effect is stronger when the herb is fresh.
- extract or aqueous extract of chamomile you can make by pouring 5 tablespoons of chamomile with 500 ml of lukewarm water and leave the mixture to stand for 8 hours in a cool and dark.
- Strain and use for drinking, smearing or bathing in the next 1 to 2 days.