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Chamomile is a member of the daisy family, and its buds and blooms have been used to make tea for many centuries. Many people drink it purely for pleasure, but that’s not the only reason to make the brew. Chamomile also has many proven health benefits without any known side effects, and here are nine of the most important.

Relieves Stomach Problems

Chamomile possesses natural antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties. This makes the tea highly effective in reducing stomach cramps and the discomfort of bloating. Drink a single cup as an immediate remedy, or brew chamomile twice daily if you’re a regular sufferer from these problems.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

These same properties can soothe the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The cramping and pain caused by the condition will be reduced, and chamomile can also help to relieve excessive gas.

Helps Insomnia

Chamomile can also help people suffering from insomnia. This is thought to be because it contains a substance called apigenin, a flavonoid which calms brain activity and produces a mild soporific effect. Whatever the science behind it, many insomnia sufferers find that a warm cup half an hour before bed is a gentle but effective way of bringing on naturally restful sleep.

Strengthens the Immune System

If you’re one of those people who seems to catch every bug that’s going around, then introducing regular chamomile tea to your diet may help. Studies have shown that drinking at least two cups a day leads to a detectable increase in immune system activity after as little as two weeks.

Joint Pain Relief

Overworked joints such as knees and elbows can bear the brunt of a busy lifestyle, becoming swollen, aching, and sore. Chamomile’s anti-inflammatory action will help reduce the swelling, bringing relief from mild to moderate pain.

Balances Blood Sugar

Drinking a cup of chamomile tea after each meal has been shown to help balance blood sugar levels over the following hours. This is helpful if you regularly experience weakness and hunger pangs between meals, as it lowers the temptation to snack on unhealthy and fattening treats.

Alleviates Menstrual Symptoms

Chamomile’s wide range of benefits makes it effective for reducing many of the unpleasant side effects of menstruation. It calms bloating and abdominal cramps, and can also work to stabilize mood and induce sleep.

Reduces Stress and Anxiety

Thanks to its high glycine levels, chamomile is known to have soothing relaxant effects. This helps to combat the stress and anxiety of hectic modern life, but without causing drowsiness or mental fogging.

Helps Allergies

Lastly, chamomile has a natural anti-histamine effect, which makes it great for treating allergies from hay fever to pet intolerance. Either drink the tea regularly to provide ongoing protection, or inhale the steam for immediate relief of the symptoms.

Few things are quite as relaxing as a cup of tea during a pause in a busy day. However, you don’t need to stick to caffeine-laden black tea or the green tea that not everyone finds palatable. Making chamomile tea a regular part of your day is not only a delicious way to take a break, but it provides many excellent health benefits as well.

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The Easiest DIY Homestead Beauty Ideas

Who needs a vanity full of beauty treatments and makeup? When you run your own homestead, you have a plethora of affordable, natural beauty treatments in your backyard. Use these easy DIY beauty ideas to look happenin’ on your homestead.

Homemade pomade

My husband is finicky about his hair. Any storebought pomade inevitably smells weird or doesn’t have enough hold. After much trial and error, I’ve found that a homemade pomade works just right for him. Simply melt down equal parts beeswax and coconut oil. Combine and stir in essential oils of your choosing.

DIY dry shampoo

Got greasy hair? There are a few quick fixes for that!

If you have fair hair, gently rub a bit of cornstarch in your roots, shaking it free. For darker hair, run dry oatmeal through your hair to remove excess oil. Be sure to get any oatmeal flakes out of your hair; otherwise it’ll look like you have a case of dandruff!

No-fuss fruit exfoliant

Those $50 facials at the salon are fancy, but they’re overpriced. Did you know you can make a powerful exfoliating gel right at home?

Simply break down a fresh pineapple (yes, fresh, not canned). Run the pineapple scraps through your juicer a few times. You can apply the pineapple juice to your face for an invigorating exfoliant. Be sure to keep it away from your eyes and only let it sit for five minutes before rinsing.

Feeling beet?

If you want blush in a pinch, dig a beet up from your garden. Wash it carefully and slice it into quarter inch slices. Freeze the beet slices overnight. The next day, apply the beet to your cheeks. They’ll give you a naturally rosy hue, no powders required.

The bottom line

Who says beauty and hygiene have to come from storebought items? Use a few of these fun homestead beauty ideas to stay fabulous with less fuss.


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