Nature has always provided a helping hand when needed, and it is fascinating to see that even serious diseases with which modern medicine is struggling today, like cancer, could have a more simple answer at hand.
Chamomile describes a series of plants similar to daisies that have been used for centuries for their therapeutic properties. Going back to ancient Egypt, a cup of tea would be a common remedy for fever, pains or infections, while oils would be used in aromatherapy and embalming.
In the present day, chamomile is a typical ingredient for cosmetic products (creams, oils), in cooking recipes (aromatic sweets or drinks) and a number of medications treating anything from the common cold to cardiovascular diseases.
The most substantial health benefit was highlighted by a 2015 study which suggested that chamomile tea could have a role in reducing the risk of thyroid cancer. Clinical trials were conducted in Greece and involved 113 patients with thyroid cancer, 286 with benign thyroid diseases and a test group of 138 people. The test consisted of drinking one to six cups of tea per week, over the course of several years. Results were surprising and showed that long-term usage was linked with a significant reduction of almost 70 to 80 percent.
The article concludes that: “Our findings suggest for the first time that drinking herbal teas, especially chamomile, protects from thyroid cancer as well as other benign thyroid diseases”.
It seems that the effect can be attributed to the polyphenols, flavonoids, and catechin which abound in chamomile. The antioxidant elements help the thyroid gland regulate the metabolism and produce thyroid hormone biosynthesis.
Chamomile is generally well tolerated, but you should avoid it if you know to have an allergy to plants such as chrysanthemum or marigold.
Have a cup of chamomile tea and sleep well, knowing that mother nature is protecting you!