by Mark Miller May 25, 2021
If you've ever drunk Sleepy Time tea, you've had chamomile flower extract. It has been known to humans for millennia and is still a very popular herbal remedy for many illnesses--not just a sleep agent.
The first known use of chamomile dates back to around 1550 B.C. in Egypt. It is depicted on the Ebers Papyrus of ancient Egypt. There, it was used to cure sick people, honor the gods, and as an embalming agent.
The ancient Romans used it as an incense and as a beverage.
There are two types: German chamomile, and Roman chamomile. The Roman variety got its name because a botanist found it growing in the Colosseum in Rome in the 1800s.
The site Tea Muse gives the word history of chamomile :
Chamomile has a distinctly applelike taste and aroma. In fact, the word "Chamomile" as we now know it comes from the ancient Greek kamai-melon, or "ground apple." The Spanish call Chamomile "Manzanilla" — or "little apple." A leisurely stroll through the famous Chamomile Lawn of Buckingham Palace is sure to provide this sensation.
A study in the journal Molecular Medicine Reports says, "Chamomile is one of the oldest, most widely used and well documented medicinal plants in the world and has been recommended for a variety of healing applications." 
Today, people worldwide drink hundreds of millions of cups of chamomile tea every year, and it remains one of the most popular herbal teas.
That article in the journal is a study of other studies that looked at the healing benefits of chamomile. The flower has many different types of healing substances, including flavonoids and terpenoids, powerful antioxidants.
People use the herb with 1 part chamomile flower with 4 parts water with 12% grain alcohol to treat summer diarrhea in kids. It is also used along with purgatives to prevent cramping.
People use the flowers along or with crushed poppy heads as a poultice for pain from inflammation or nerve pain, and for external swelling from underlying infections or abscesses.
A video on the benefits of chamomile
The entire plant is used to make herbal beers. It is also used for lotions for earache, toothache, nerve pain.
Some also use it as a bath additive to soothe ano-genital inflammation.
As a tea, it can be used as a mouthwash or gargle for inflammation of the mucous membranes in the mouth and throat.
Some inhale the vaporized essential oils to relieve anxiety and depression.
The study in Molecular Medicine Reports lists 19 areas where scientists have looked into the possible healing effects of chamomile. Though further research is needed, some of them include:
More studies are needed to determine if reported efficacy for vaginitis, sore throat, and diabetes will hold up.
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by Mark Miller July 08, 2021
Beginning an exercise program can be daunting, especially if you have never really been into fitness before.
Some people, when they exercise, strive for a bikini body. If you have a diving bell body, don't fret, you too can be helped by regular exercise. You can look better, but more important feel better if you eat right, exercise, and get enough sleep.
by Mark Miller July 06, 2021
You've heard running can help you slim down, help maintain heart and lung health, and keep your body strong. Those benefits alone can help you feel well mentally.
But did you know that running can also help lift your mood and even ward off depression? It can help you be more creative and productive and feel less stressed out.
No wonder about 50 million Americans, or 15 percent of the population, jog or run regularly!
by Mark Miller July 01, 2021
Whatever kind of intense exercise you do, whether running, weightlifting, team sports, or hard work, your body needs rest days.
In fact, Healthline says rest days are just as important as exercise days, and no regimen is complete without both exercise and rest. Rest enhances your energy and restores the body to full capacity.
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