Tea Time with Camomile: by: Pamela Svoboda
Ahhh yes! The photo above by Sanctu says it all. What could be better than sipping a calming warm cup of camomile tea with a light fresh fruit dessert on the side? What type of derrert is that? Well Sanctu says it's an "Apple Torte"- and look at tha beautiful glass tea pot- You just can't drink camomile tea without a glass tea pot now can you? Nope! because you won't to enjoy seeing the flower blossoms in the pot, right. Yes drinking herb teas in see through cups and tea pot's is all part of the fun and quite the rage when it comes to drinking tea in style. If your trying to think up a fun way to get the girls together; then think about having a camomile tea party- Glass tea pots and tea cups are easy to find and very inexpensive as well- As part of the table fun; teach your guests a few facts about the health benifits of camomile- Learn a few facts below to help you with your tea research-
Did you know? "Flavoured teas are prepared by adding other plants to an actual tea (black, oolong, green, yellow, or white tea); for example, the popular Earl Grey tea is black tea with bergamot, jasmine tea is Chinese tea with jasmine flowers, and genmaicha is a Japanese green tea with toasted rice." wikipedia
Herbalism: by:wikipedia the free encyclopedia
German Chamomile is used medicinally against sore stomach, irritable bowel syndrome, and as a gentle sleep aid. It can also aid in the assistance of defecation. It can be taken as an herbal tea, two teaspoons of dried flower per cup of tea. For a sore stomach, some recommend taking a cup every morning without food for two to three months. It is also used as a mouthwash against oral mucositis. It has acaricidal properties against certain mites, such as Psoroptes cuniculi. The primary known active ingredient of the essential oil from German Chamomile is bisabolol. Other active ingredients include chamazulene, flavonoids and coumarin.
A 2006 review of the medical literature reported a number of beneficial effects of chamomile in in vitro and animal tests but added that more human clinical trials are needed before firm conclusions can be drawn. Chamomile has sped healing time of wounds in animals. It also showed some benefit in an animal model of diabetes. Very preliminary in-vitro results show potential against cancer. Potential risks include interference with warfarin and infant botulism in very young children.
Chamomile is also used cosmetically,
primarily to make a rinse for blonde hair.
Chamomile is sometimes known as "the plant doctor", because it is thought to help the growth and health of many other plants, especially ones that produce essential oils. It is thought to increase production of those oils, making certain herbs, like mints (spearmint, sage, oregano) and basil taste stronger in scent and flavor.
- Chamomile tea is also thought to be useful to suppress fungal growth, for example, misting it over seedlings may prevent damping off.
- Chamomile is frequently an invasive species in agricultural fields. Farmers often must control chamomile's spread to maintain productivity of their fields.
Possible side effects
Chamomile is a relative of ragweed and can cause allergy symptoms and can cross-react with ragweed pollen in individuals with ragweed allergies. It also contains coumarin and thus care should be taken to avoid potential drug interactions, e.g. with blood thinners.
While extremely rare, very large doses of Chamomile may cause nausea and vomiting. Even more rarely, rashes may occur.
Plant Facts by:wikipedia
Matricaria recutita or German chamomile, also spelled camomile, is an annual plant of the sunflower family Asteraceae. Synonyms are: Chamomilla chamomilla, Chamomilla recutita (accepted name according to the Flora Europaea), Matricaria chamomilla, and Matricaria suaveolens.
It usually grows near populated areas all over Europe and temperate Asia. It is widely introduced in temperate North America and Australia. As the seeds need open soil to survive, it often grows near roads, around landfills and in cultivated fields as a weed.
Other names include blue chamomile, wild chamomile, Hungarian chamomile, and scented mayweed.
The branched stem is erect and smooth and grows to a height of 15-60 cm. The long and narrow leaves are bipinnate or tripinnate.
The flowers are borne in paniculate capitula. The white ray florets are furnished with a ligule, while the disc florets are yellow. The hollow receptacle is swollen and lacks scales. This property distinguished German Chamomile from Corn Chamomile (Anthemis arvensis), which has a receptacle with scales. The flowers have a strong, aromatic smell, and bloom in early to mid summer.
The word chamomile comes from Greek χαμαίμηλον (chamaimēlon), "earth-apple", from χαμαί (chamai), "on the ground" + μήλον (mēlon), "apple", so called because of the applelike scent of the plant. (Note: The "ch-" spelling is used especially in science and pharmacology.)
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