These flowering plants are in the same family as daisies (Asteraceae) and seem to have similar characteristics to them as well.
The chamomile is native to western Europe, Asia, India, and now the United States thanks to the Spanish colonists.
Although, it is noted that the earliest recorded usage dates back to Egyptian times where it was used as a cosmetic.
Which I suppose worked out well as it seems to have a smell similar to an apple. (The word actually means, ground apple.)
Norseman added it to shampoo.
In medieval times it was spread about to create a pleasant odor.
Today, as a tea and oil, it has in some way or another been involved in ailments such as:
-and can’t forget good ol’ hemorrhoids
Chamomile is considered one of the most ancient medicinal herbs known to man.
Like other natural herbs, however, it doesn’t seem to have an substantial base of evidence to be considered a medicine.
Be that as it may, there are still studies; be them substantial or not, that seem to show something more than, nothing.
These studies revealing benefits such as:
- better sleep quality
- better digestion
- acting as a antioxidant
- blood sugar control
- heart health
- immune health
- skin health
- reducing inflammation
In addition, the relieving of upset stomach, heartburn, nausea, and vomiting.
In more recent times, there have been studies geared more towards the effects on anxiety and depression.
In some studies, [Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) May Have Antidepressant Activity in Anxious Depressed Humans – An Exploratory Study], it has been hypothesized that chamomile may demonstrate a clinically meaningful antidepressant activity versus placebo.
Another, from the UK’s University of Nottingham Medical School, found that: “chamomile significantly relaxed blood vessels and smooth muscle fibers”.
Stating, the showed capabilities within the body to display significant decrease in anxiety and even fighting depression.
Treated as a supplement, and not a medicine, chamomile can possibly prove a great benefit when implemented in as a tool for depression, and as some studies show this for anxiety as well.
Although it can’t be safe to ingest something that does not have to much science behind it.
However, if we are cautious, and careful, perhaps we can at-least see if the thousands of years worth of boasting on it’s effects, are true.
In addition, it is all natural.
Which is the route anyone should take in overcoming anything in life, especially depression, if, it’s possible.
Those who can, and that have this open as an option.
Anything helps in this fight, so, I think every route should be explored to see what fits for who.