Here’s great news for people who suffer from anxiety and depression. Chamomile extract can work better than traditional pharma medicines when taken over an 8-week period to reduce symptoms.
This is an important discovery for those who might take anti-depressants. Conventional drug treatments for Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and depression often cause substantial side effects, dependence, and/or withdrawal syndrome.
Chamomile has been used in herbal concoctions for thousands of years. It was used medicinally in ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Chamomile was also believed by Anglo-Saxons to be 1 of 9 sacred herbs given to humans by the Gods.
In ancient history, it was used for everything from flatulence to hysteria.
In a modern study, participants who took 1500mg a day of chamomile extract for up to 8 weeks reduced their anxiety and depression enough to compare with a commonly prescribed GAD medication.
Herbal remedies like chamomile are excellent ways to reduce depression and anxiety without suffering from suicidal tendencies, liver and digestive system damage, and more – side effects which are common among anti-depressant drugs.
The chemical compounds in Chammomile (matricaria chamomilla L.) are phenominal. Sesquiterpenes, flavonoids, coumarins, and polyacetylenes are considered the most important constituents, but there are also amino acids, cadmium, copper, salicylic acid, and more.
The chemical compounds in chamomile also:
- Boost immunity by reducing bacterial infection risk
- Improve healing, including blemishes and wrinkles on skin
- Help with sleep problems and insomnia
- Reduce inflammation which can cause menstrual discomfort in women (and depression in everyone)
- Help regulate blood sugar levels for diabetics
- Improve gas and bloating caused by an upset digestive system
- Help treat allergies by modulating the immune response to allergens
- Aid in strengthening the hair’s strength and shine
Although chamomile is not recommended for pregnant women since it can cause an increased risk of miscarriage it is safe for anyone else to use.
Moreover, pharmaceutical medications don’t offer any of these added benefits, while only contributing to drug addiction and causing unpleasant, even deadly, side effects.
Ways to Take Chamomile
One of the easiest ways to take chamomile is just by sipping on chamomile tea, made from a decoction of chamomile flowers and stems. Just be sure to only source organic chamomile so that you aren’t ingesting pesticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers which can add to anxiety and depression.
You can also apply organic Roman chamomile oil directly onto the skin, or add to it a warm bath for an extremely soothing effect. If you have a diffuser, you can also put chamomile oil in the diffuser to scent the air you breathe. This is particularly helpful for those who suffer for seasonal allergies and want an extra mood boost.
Finally, you can use chamomile extract and simply put a few drops in a glass of water, along with a little squeeze of lemon, and drink up!
Then, say goodbye to your anxiety after 8 weeks or less.