What are the uses and benefits of chamomile tea?


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Chamomile tea is commonly used to treat slow-healing wounds, gum inflammation and abscesses. The tea may also be beneficial against stomach upset and chest colds. Chamomile tea is generally made from German chamomile rather than the Roman variety of chamomile.

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What are the uses and benefits of chamomile tea?
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Tea made with German chamomile is possibly effective at reducing symptoms of diarrhea, upset stomach, and inflammation or deterioration of the gums as a result of radiation therapy. Some research indicates that German chamomile promotes relaxation and helps to reduce inflammation, though the isolated chemicals responsible for the effects have not been determined as of 2015.

Chamomile tea is sometimes used as a topical treatment to help heal minor wounds and soothe skin irritation related to conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Some research shows that topical applications of chamomile may help reduce the size of a wound over a period of four days; however more research is needed to prove these claims conclusively. Chamomile tea infusions may also be helpful in reducing the symptoms of vaginal yeast infections.

Another use for chamomile tea is in the treatment of stress, anxiety and depression. Some research has shown that taking chamomile by mouth daily for at least eight weeks reduces the symptoms of anxiety and depression in people with anxiety disorder. Chamomile may also be beneficial in promoting sufficient, restful sleep.

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