Benefits of Chamomile

What Is Chamomile?

Chamomile plants are a member of the Asteraceae/Compositae family. There are two common types of chamomile used medicinally today: German chamomile (chamomillarecutita) and Roman chamomile (chamaemelumnobile).
The chamomile plant is native to Western Europe and Northern Africa, but these days it’s grown all around the world in different temperate regions.
Records show that chamomile benefits have been recognized for centuries, with the herb being used both medicinally and cosmetically. Germans have used chamomile to resolve digestive issues since at least the first century, and records show that Egyptians worshipped the plant and dedicated festivals to its healing properties. Egyptian noblewomen were known to crush chamomile flowers and apply them to their skin to preserve their youthful glow and naturally slow signs of aging.
Romans used chamomile as a medicinal herb to fight disease and promote longevity. Its healing qualities spread throughout Europe and eventually the British brought chamomile plants to North America. Doctors throughout Europe and in the early settlements of America included chamomile in their medicinal bags because it was able to reduce pain, inflammation, allergies and digestive issues. People also used it as a natural deodorant, shampoo and perfume.

What are Possible Health Benefits of Chamomile?

1. High Source of Antioxidants
The main antioxidant components extracted from chamomile flowers are the terpenoid group of antioxidants, including chamazulene and acetylene derivatives. Because these delicate compounds are unstable, they’re thought to be best preserved in an alcoholic tincture or “essential oil” form.
These compounds help to reduce inflammation by fighting free radical damage and preventing cell mutation. Chamomile benefits start with antioxidants that are associated with better immune function, lower rates of mood disorders, reduced pain and swelling, and healthier skin, hair, nails, teeth and eyes.

2. Fights Anxiety and Depression
Chamomile, whether in tea, tincture or essential oil form, is one the best medicinal herbs for fighting stress and promoting relaxation, according to research from Alternative therapies and medicines in Health. Inhaling chamomile vapors using chamomile oil is often recommended as a natural remedy for depression and general anxiety, which is one reason why chamomile oil is a popular ingredient in many candles, aromatherapy products and bath-soaking treatments.
In extract form, chamomile is frequently used as a mild sedative to calm nerves and reduce anxiety because its vapors travel directly to the olfactory part of the brain, turning off tension and reducing the body’s stress response. Therefore, practitioners use chamomile to effectively relieve symptoms of chronic anxiety and stress.

3. Improves Digestion
Believed to be a powerful digestive aid, chamomile can be used to treat various gastrointestinal disturbances, including gas, acid reflux, indigestion, diarrhea, motion sickness, nausea and vomiting. Chamomile extract can help shorten the course of diarrhea and colic in children as well as relieve symptoms associated with the conditions like pain and anxiety.
Many of these benefits are due to chamomile’s natural relaxing effects. Because the brain and the gut communicate directly back and forth via the vagus nerve, a more relaxed mind can also help heal leaky gut, which can mean reduced symptoms of chronic conditions like leaky gut, IBS and other gut-related issues. Chamomile benefits include mellowing effects also make it a good choice for pregnant women in order to relax the digestive tract and act as a natural remedy for nausea.

4. Has Strong Anti-Inflammatory and Pain-Reducing Abilities
Chamomile is sometimes called an “herbal aspirin” since it’s been a popular home remedy for lowering pain for centuries. Chamomile flowers are used alone or in combination with other anti-inflammatory foods to reduce pain, congestion, swelling and redness. They’re effective at reducing facial swelling, skin irritations, toothaches, pain from infections and underlying issues of inflammation. This is the reason chamomile extract is commonly added to beauty products like facial or body lotions, toothpastes, and bath soaps.

5. May Help Fight Cancer
Recently, several studies dug into the anti-cancer activity of chamomile. Evidence shows positive effects of chamomile stopping cancerous tumor growth and acting as a natural cancer treatment. Inhibition of cancerous cells is believed to be due to chamomile’s antioxidants called apigenin, which are bioactive constituents that appear to help fight skin, prostate, breast and ovarian cancers.
In a recent study published by the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, chamomile extracts were shown to cause minimal growth inhibitory effects on normal healthy cells, but showed significant reductions in human cancer cells, especially androgen-refractory cells that often lead to prostate cancer.

6. Relieves Congestion
Because chamomile benefits include both fighting infections and reducing mucus congestion, it’s added to many nasal sprays. Chamomile tea is also a good choice when you’re sick and want to beat a cold, the flu or sinus infection.
Studies indicate that inhaling steam with chamomile extract is helpful in common cold symptoms. Some people even gargle chamomile tea or extract to fight inflammation of the mucous membranes and within the mouth and throat.

7. Promotes Skin Health
Suffering from breakouts or dry, irritated, aged, red skin? Try using chamomile oil mixed into lotion. Chamomile promotes smooth, healthy skin and relieves irritations thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Chamomile’s flavonoids and essential oils penetrate below the skin surface into the deeper skin layers of the skin, preserving its youthful appearance, completion and immune defenses. As a traditional medicine, it’s been used for centuries to treat wounds, ulcers, eczema, gout, skin irritations, bruises, burns and canker sores.
Today, we know chamomile benefits and uses go even further — it’s also useful for getting rid of signs of aging like dark spots and fine lines, reducing dandruff naturally, treating chickenpox quickly, and fading scars. Additionally, it makes a great natural diaper rash treatment and can even be used around the eyes to fight infections and sties.

8. Keeps Gum and Teeth Healthy
In addition to healing skin and the respiratory tract, chamomile benefits include the ability to fight various bacterial infections of the oral cavity, teeth and gums. Chamomile benefits help reduce pain associated with cancer sores, wounds and toothaches, plus they fight harmful bacteria that can live within the mouth.

9. May Improve Heart Health
Recently, chamomile has been associated with providing cardiovascular protection. Because of its high level of flavonoids, chamomile consumed in foods is linked with a lower risk of death from coronary heart disease in elderly men.

 

Organa products containing Chamomile:

Organa CBD Chamomile Soap

Organa CBD Chamomile Bath Salts

Benefits of Lavender

What Is Lavender?

Lavender is a flowering plant in the mint family that’s easily identified by its sweet floral scent. It’s believed to be native to the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and India, with a history going back as far as 2,500 years.

In ancient times, lavender was considered a holy herb. Additionally, it was used to freshen up and give a light scent to a variety of personal items, such as clothing and hair.

 

What Are Possible Health Benefits of Lavender?

Today, lavender is more than just a fragrant plant. This herb is also used for medicinal and therapeutic purposes. So, if you’re dealing with a few medical issues of your own, and you don’t want to risk the unpleasant side effects that come with many over the counter and prescription medicines, here’s a look at the potential health perks of using lavender.

 

  1. Improve Sleep

Insomnia is a nagging problem that effects a lot of us. Cutting out caffeine and getting more exercise may help induce sleep, but sometimes these efforts and other remedies don’t work. As a result, you end up a groggy mess in the daytime.

If you’re willing to try anything for a restful night’s sleep, a study published in March 2017 in the British Association of Critical Nurses found lavender essential oil to be an effective remedy in improving the sleep quality of intensive care unit (ICU) patients who had difficulty sleeping.

  1. Treat Skin Blemishes

A variety of essential oils are also excellent for dermatology use, including lavender. In fact, if you have acne, eczema, or skin inflammation, applying lavender to affected areas may play a role in treating blemishes and ease inflammation. The antioxidant activity of lavender may also contribute to wound healing.

  1. Natural Pain Relief

One study found lavender to be an effective remedy for postoperative pain. It can function as a pain reliever because the oil contains linalyl acetate and linalool — anti-inflammatory components that are found in many essential oils.

Lavender also contains polysaccharides. Another study published in the journal Phyto therapy Research stated that plants containing these molecules are “the most potent in curing inflammatory diseases,” which includes arthritis and rheumatism.

  1. Regulate Blood Pressure and Heart Rate

Chronic high blood pressure puts added stress on the heart, increasing the risk of health complications like stroke and heart attack. But a small study published in 2017 in the Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research found that when 40 people inhaled lavender essential oil after open-heart surgery, they reduced their blood pressure and heart rate, suggesting the oil had a positive effect on their vital signs. Yet the authors note more research is needed on this possible benefit.

  1. Relieve Asthma Symptoms

Because of the anti-inflammatory effects of lavender, it may also improve bronchial asthma. A study on mice published in July 2014 in the journal Life Sciences found that lavender essential oil had a positive impact on respiratory health, relieving allergic inflammation and mucus hyperplasia. Whether the same effect would be seen in humans remains unclear.

  1. Lessens Menopausal Hot Flashes

Hot flashes (or hot flushes) are a common menopause symptom that affects many women. It causes a sudden feeling of heat over the body, and it can make the face flushed and trigger perspiration. But lavender may help reduce menopause flashing and improve quality of life, according to a study published in September 2016 in the Journal of Chinese Medical Association.

  1. Helps Combat Fungus Growth

There are also several studies highlighting the potential antifungal properties of lavender. Studies suggest lavender may be effective in inhibiting the growth of certain types of fungus, such as C. albicans. It could also act as remedy for treating athlete’s foot and ringworm, which are also caused by fungus, according to previous research.

  1. Promotes Hair Growth

In yet another study, lavender essential oil applied to the backs of mice once a day, five times a week, for four weeks, resulted in an increase in their number of hair follicles and a thicker dermal layer. This leads researchers to believe that lavender could potentially be used as a hair growth promoting agent, though more research is needed.

  1. Reduces Anxiety & Depression

Lavender has been well studied for its anxiolytic, or anxiety relieving, effects. Studies show both oral, inhaled and topically absorbed lavender may reduce anxiety. Some studies suggest oral lavender may be effective as an anti-anxiety medication. Scientists have found similar types of results for lavender’s effectiveness in treating depression.

 

Organa products containing Lavender:

Organa CBD Lavender Soap

Organa CBD Lavender Bath Salts

Organa CBD Lotion

Organa CBD Shampoo

Organa CBD Conditioner

Organa CBD Pet Shampoo

CBD Capsules

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Our CBD capsules contain:

  • Vitamin B12 – increases red blood cell production, supports bone health, improves mood, prevents neuron death, increases energy, improves heart health, beneficial for hair and skin.
  • Vitamin C – helps high blood pressure, reduces risk of heart disease, prevents/treats iron deficiency, boosts white blood cell function, helps maintain memory with age
  • Vitamin D3 – supports bone health, improves mood, reduces risk of flu, diabetes and cancer.
  • Hemp CBD – reduces pain and inflammation, improves mood, regulates apatite and sleep schedule, improves skin health, improves heart health.

CBD Capsules can be taken everyday as a daily vitamin or just for certain occasions that you feel you may need pain or anxiety relief.

 

CBD and PTSD

We all have natural Levels of anandamide,  This is the substance found naturally in your body that helps you “cope” emotionally. It relieves the effects of any stressful situation by temporarily putting you in a state of “bliss”.​

It has been determined that anandamide is at a considerably lower level in patients that are experiencing PTSD. It has also been known for a considerable amount of time that THC, which is a high percentage component of cannabis, has a built-in capacity to trigger the same receptors that are activated by anandamide.​

When experiencing PTSD, both CBD and THC can help you cope by putting you in that same “state of bliss” that is naturally created by anandamide. We can therefore safely assume that the utilization of Cannabis may be considered as a treatment against PTSD in order to deal with a shortage of anandamide.​

The consumption of CBD can have a drastic impact on the reduction of anxiety among people who are suffering from PTSD. A huge benefit of using CBD is that CBD doesn’t have any psychoactive action, so it can be used daily at work or while driving. CBD helps treat PTSD in a very different manner to THC. Indeed, PTSD patients all have far lower levels of endocannabinoids, along with higher CB1 receptor densities. Normally, the CB1 receptor deactivates any traumatic memories you may have so you basically ‘forget.’ If you have an endocannabinoid deficiency, on the other hand, you will suffer from chronic anxiety, impaired fear distinction, and other issues associated with PTSD. Cannabinoids act on the two receptors, CB1 and CB2, and helps them regain normal function.​

CBD and Anxiety

Anxiety-related disorders affect a huge segment of our population – 3 million Canadians (11.6%) aged 18 years or older. In response, Pharmaceutical companies have developed numerous drugs to treat anxiety-related disorders, from selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like Prozac and Zoloft to tranquilizers (the most popular class being benzodiazepines such as Valium and Xanax)

CBD has powerful anti-anxiety properties. Administered acutely (“as needed”), it is safe, well-tolerated, and may be beneficial to treat a number of anxiety-related disorders, including:

  • Panic Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Social Phobia
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Mild to moderate Depression

  Researchers noted: “The fast onset of antidepressant action of CBD and the simultaneous  anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effects would solve some of the main limitations of current antidepressant therapies.”

  In a study researchers found: After consuming CBD, participants reported a significant decrease in anxiety. Researchers validated patients subjective reports by preforming brain scans showing  cerebral blood flow patterns consistent with an anti-anxiety effects. In another small study, researchers had patients preform a simulated public speaking test. Participants reported significantly less anxiety, findings reported by objective anxiety indicators like heart rate and blood pressure. researchers concluded, “[CBD] significantly reduced anxiety, cognitive impairment, and discomfort in their speech performance,” whereas the placebo group experienced “higher anxiety, cognitive impairment, [and] discomfort.”