A cup of chamomile can be a refreshing and relaxing treat. Chamomile is an ancient remedy for stress, anxiety, and sleep, and new studies show that regular consumption of chamomile tea can prevent and even fight cancer.
Chamomile Tea to Prevent Cancer – the Research
Various types of tea have been shown to offer some amazing health benefits but chamomile tea can be particularly beneficial when it comes to preventing and fighting cancer.1
Different teas contain different ingredients that promote and support your health:
I’ve mentioned that one of the 8 health benefits of green tea is cancer prevention.
One of the 9 health benefits of matcha tea is cancer prevention.
The active component in chamomile tea is called apigenin, and researchers have found that apigenin can help to stop the spread of cancer cells.
Cancer cells live longer than normal healthy cells and this is one of the factors that allow cancer cells to spread and proliferate. Many of the modern cancer drugs are designed to cause cancer cells to die like normal cells.
Researchers at Ohio State University showed that apigenin causes cancer cells to die at a rate equivalent to normal cells. They found that apigenin helped to curb the spread of breast cancer.2 Chamomile has not only been found to be effective against breast cancer, but research shows that chamomile is effective against many other forms of cancer.
In another study published in the Journal of European Health, scientists found that the consumption of chamomile tea protected individuals from developing thyroid cancer.
The study showed the longer you drink chamomile tea, the higher your protection against thyroid diseases and thyroid cancer.
Why Chamomile Tea Fights Cancer
In an effort to find out how chamomile tea protects against cancer, scientists studied the chemical compounds in chamomile tea and how it works. Researchers found that the ingredients in Chamomile tea selectively targeted and killed cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone.
Reducing inflammation is a vital key to prevent and fight cancer. Inflammation is a natural process but it can damage your body and cellular DNA, which can signal the start of cancer.
By regulating inflammation, you effectively control one of the major factors known to cause cancer. Stress is another important factor linked to cancer. Chamomile tea fights stress and it helps to reduce inflammation.
In a study published in the Journal of Life Sciences, scientists proved that chamomile regulates the compounds that cause inflammation. Chamomile tea therefore protects against cancer and a host of other modern diseases like cardiovascular disease, asthma, and arthritis, all of which are associated with inflammation in the body.
Which Type of Chamomile to Use
Chamomile tea is a natural relaxant and it is great for relieving your anxiety and stress. There are two types of chamomile tea, Roman chamomile and German chamomile, but both contain apigenin so it is really up to you which type of chamomile you prefer.
To get the best benefits of this healthful and delicious tea, steep a cup and drink at least one cup every night.
Other Health Benefits of Chamomile
Chamomile for insomnia
Chamomile is one of the best 12 herbs for insomnia. People have used chamomile tea for sleep for thousands of years. It contains certain flavonoids that can reduce anxiety and have calming effect, which helps to promote better sleep. You can use chamomile in an infusion (tea) or bath, or as a tincture, which is a concentrated extract mixed with alcohol.
Chamomile for tired eyes
Placing chamomile tea bags on your closed eyes will reduce dark circles and puffiness because of chamomile’s anti-inflammatory properties. Chamomile is one of the ingredients in the recipe for a soothing gel for tired eyes.
Chamomile essential oil for headache and migraines
Chamomile is one of the best essential oils to soothe evening or nighttime headaches. It has sedative and anti-inflammatory properties.
Rub 1 to 2 drops of chamomile essential into the palms of your hands. Cup them over your nose and take 4-6 deep and slow breaths. Another thing you can do is add 2 to 4 drops on a cotton ball and secure in a zip lock bag to take with you. Or add a few drops of chamomile essential oil to a bowl of boiling water. Drape a towel over your head and breathe in the steam.
If you are interested to learn more about essential oils you can find useful information in my e-book Magical Aromatherapy. This e-book will help you to discover the power of essential oils and the most effective ways to use them.
Chamomile tea for your hair
Chamomile tea bags can be reused to make a strong hair rinse which will bring out blonde highlights. Use 6 tea bags per liter of hot water to make an infusion and rinse your hair with it before you are finished in the bath or shower. This is a gradual natural lightening process so you need to be patient.
You can find other uses for your used teabags in this post.
Chamomile essential oil for hemorrhoids
Chamomile essential oil is one the best essential oils for hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoids are a common nuisance and around 70% of people will experience them before the age of 50. They are still considered to be a bit of a taboo, which makes many people delay the treatment and suffer unnecessarily for too long.
Chamomile essential oil is natural remedy that soothes the irritated skin and helps with pain. Dilute with base oil and apply directly to the affected area. You can find other natural treatments for hemorrhoids here.
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