The Herbs of Smoothie Essentials: Chamomile

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Chamomile or camomile (/ˈkæmɵmiːl/ kam-ə-meel or /ˈkæmɵmaɪl/ kam-ə-myl)[1] is a common name for several daisy-like plants of the family Asteraceae. These plants are best known for their ability to be made into an infusion which is commonly used to help with sleep and is often served with either honey and/or lemon. Because chamomile can cause uterine contractions which can lead to miscarriage, the U.S. National Institutes for Health says pregnant and nursing mothers should not consume chamomile. [2] Chrysin, a flavonoid found in chamomile, has been shown to beanxiolytic in rodents.[3][4]

In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties, chamomile is known to have antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, and sedative properties. It has been used historically to treat menstrual cramps, to soothe an aching stomach, to speed the healing process of wounds (when used as a poultice), and most commonly as a sleep aid.[5]

[1]  Ogata-Ikeda, Ikuko; Seo, Hakaru; Kawanai, Takuya; Hashimoto, Erika; Oyama, Yasuo (2011). “Cytotoxic action of bisabololoxide a of German chamomile on human leukemia K562 cells in combination with 5-fluorouracil”. Phytomedicine 18 (5): 362 5. doi:10.1016/j.phymed.2010.08.007. PMID 20863677.

[2]  Brown, E; Hurd, NS; McCall, S; Ceremuga, TE (2007). “Evaluation of the anxiolytic effects of chrysin, a Passiflora incarnata extract, in the laboratory rat”. AANA journal 75 (5): 333–7.PMID 17966676.

[3] Wolfman, Claudia; Viola, Haydeé; Paladini, Alejandro; Dajas, Federico; Medina, Jorge H. (1994). “Possible anxiolytic effects of chrysin, a central benzodiazepine receptor ligand isolated from Passiflora Coerulea”. Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior 47 (1): 1–4. doi:10.1016/0091-3057(94)90103-1. PMID 7906886.
Oxford English Dictionary, online edition, entry “camomile | chamomile”

[4]  Amsterdam, Jay D.; Li, Yimei; Soeller, Irene; Rockwell, Kenneth; Mao, Jun James; Shults, Justine (2009). “A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Oral Matricaria recutita (Chamomile) Extract Therapy for Generalized Anxiety Disorder”. Journal of Clinical Psychopharma

[5] http://www.steepingaround.com/post/25186656665/show51

http://webprod.hc-sc.gc.ca/nhpid-bdipsn/ingredReq.do?id=8346&lang=eng

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About Smoothie Essentials - ShelleRae

Welcome! I am ShelleRae and I am very excited you are here. I joined the Smoothie Essentials team about 5 years ago now. Always health conscious and into prevention versus medication it seemed natural when the opportunity came up to take on the creation of this blog and the MatchaGT blog as well. As mother to three and surrogate to many more I've practiced much of what I write on sometimes with great success and other times with a bit less. My friends and family are my test kitchen and my facts are most often from WebMD - they seem to have a fairly accurate and conservative approach. The Smoothie Essentials product is a line of boosts that add functionality to one's daily foods without adding flavor or colors. (except for MatchaGT and green blend) making it easy to "hide" them from the finicky eaters we all know and love. From stirring them into yogurts, smoothies, frappes and even juice drinks it all come out with the original flavor being center star.. My inspiration comes from others who also are striving to live a better life through lifestyle changes. More information is available at www.SmoothieEssentials.com or by emailing shelley@juicesolutions.com

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