CHAMOMILEHealth Benefits & Uses
How Does This Ayurvedic Food Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
Recipes with Chamomile: Chamomile, Lemon & Honey Tea
Chamomile infuses your tea with a delicious floral aroma that is warm, light & airy. Its smell is reminiscent of apples, first noted by the Greeks, who named it 'ground-apple' (kamai=ground & melon=apple).
Improve Sluggish Digestion Chamomile's bitter and aromatic tastes are perfectly combined to penetrate and dry up mucus in the GI tract, to stimulate digestion, and to expel gas. To this effect it may be combined with other digestive stimulants like ginger to reduce all forms of sluggish digestion, from acid reflux to loss of appetite.
Muscle Tonic for Early Spring StiffnessThe stimulating combination of chamomile, honey, & lemon warm up your metabolism in early spring. You can experience the warmth of honey as a mild pungency that stimulates your tongue, raises your heart rate, and warms entire body after consumption. Lemon and chamomile liquefy stagnant lymph, reducing not only swelling in lymph nodes, but flush heaviness and stiffness out of the muscles. Your limbs will begin to feel light and agile as Chamomile's mild analgesic properties provide further muscle relief. It ability to dry up excess spring moisture from mucus membranes is all the more magnified by its diuretic nature.
Relaxing for the Mind Chamomile is known for its ability to soothe an anxious Kapha mind, as the aromatic qualities relax and refresh your nervous system, coaxing your body to sleep. As an antispasmodic, Its muscle relaxing properties are useful in headaches due to colicky blood vessels. But be careful! These soothing qualities of chamomile are easily outdone by the dryness it provokes in Vata constitutions. It's diuretic qualities may wake you up in the middle of the night. needing to visit the bathroom.
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AYURVEDA'S GUIDE TO VITALITY & WHOLESOME NOURISHMENT
Your Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body and your specific imbalances.
With an Ayurvedic diet you feel joy and satisfaction because what you are eating truly nourishes and balances you.
Disease results from diets and lifestyles that are incompatible with your nature.
By eating a personalized diet matched to your body, you experience optimal health.
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SERVING SIZE: 1 tsp
SPECIES: Matricaria chamomilla
Biocharacteristics of Chamomile
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Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics
Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance.
By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick.
Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold).
You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.
ABOUT LIQUEFIED BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Substances that thin fluids (lower viscosity of blood plasma). These may include blood thinners or mucolytic herbs.
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ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
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The 6 Tastes
Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food.
Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body.
Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food.
Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods.
Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion.
Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste.
One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes.
The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent.
Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?
ABOUT BITTER BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Bitter is disagreeable and stimulates rejection. It is a strong taste often associated with black coffee, dark chocolate, and most salad greens.
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ABOUT PUNGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine
people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person.
Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness.
Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency.
Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses.
The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.
The 3 functional body types
are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha).
Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Herbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Chamomile
Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Stimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward. Carminatives typically expel gas by relaxing the muscles of the intestines.
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An herb that strengthens spleen function by improving strength of the blood. Spleen tonics Builds agni, brighten the person's appearances & firms up tissues.
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An herb that increases appetite or settles a nauseas or nervous stomach. These generally increase the digestive fire, therefore relieving symptoms of sluggish or difficult digestion.
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Nerve Relaxant Grounding
Encourages feelings of stability and heaviness. Makes you feel settled, mentally relaxed. Mildly sedates the nervous system to ease stress. Can bring a spacey or anxious person back to earth. Reduces agitation, irritation, stress and racing thoughts.
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Herbs that help people suffering from anxiety or panic. They promote a state of calm and often improve sleep. Most anxiolytic herbs are also nervines.
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Balances the nervous system. They can help with stress, memory, early alzheimer's, and even chronic pain. Often they are aromatic in nature.
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Sedative herbs create a sense of calm in the mind and body by specifically calming or quieting the nervous system. Excellent for anxiety, stress and chronic pain.
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A vasodilator is an herb that widens the blood vessels by the relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls, thereby increasing circulation systemically or to a local area.
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Herbs which stimulate menstruation. Emmenagogues are used for scanty menstruation, to relieve menstrual pain, and improve blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus.
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Herbs that reduce or inhibit muscle spasms or cramping, such as in asthma, menstruation, hear palpitations, migraine, or IBS.
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Foods with a Similar Nature to Chamomile
Turmeric has these Actions in Common
Analgesic, Blood-thinner, Emmenagogue, Spleen-tonic, Anti-inflammatory, Carminative, Immune-calming, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Digestive, Skin-tonic, Vulnerary
Saffron has these Actions in Common
Anxiolytic, Diaphoretic, Nervine, Spleen-tonic, Blood-thinner, Digestive, Sedative, Stomachic, Carminative, Emmenagogue, Skin-tonic
Mint has these Actions in Common
Anxiolytic, Digestive, Spleen-tonic, Analgesic, Carminative, Immune-calming, Stomachic, Antispasmodic, Diaphoretic, Nervine, Vasodilator
Cloves has these Actions in Common
Analgesic, Carminative, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Diaphoretic, Nervine, Anxiolytic, Digestive, Spleen-tonic
Basil has these Actions in Common
Antispasmodic, Diaphoretic, Nervine, Anxiolytic, Digestive, Spleen-tonic, Anti-inflammatory, Carminative, Immune-calming, Vasodilator
Rosemary has these Actions in Common
Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Emmenagogue, Spleen-tonic, Diaphoretic, Immune-calming, Stomachic, Analgesic, Digestive, Nervine
Ginger (Fresh) has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Carminative, Spleen-tonic, Antispasmodic, Digestive, Stomachic, Blood-thinner, Nervine, Vasodilator
Fenugreek has these Actions in Common
Digestive, Spleen-tonic, Carminative, Emmenagogue, Stomachic, Diaphoretic, Nervine, Vulnerary, Anti-inflammatory
Garlic has these Actions in Common
Anxiolytic, Makes-you-tired, Vasodilator, Blood-thinner, Sedative, Vulnerary, Antispasmodic, Diaphoretic, Stomachic
Allspice has these Actions in Common
Antispasmodic, Nervine, Vasodilator, Analgesic, Carminative, Spleen-tonic, Anti-inflammatory, Digestive, Stomachic
Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Chamomile
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common
Anxiolytic, Vasodilator, Diaphoretic, Emmenagogue, Immune-calming, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nervine, Anti-inflammatory, Sedative, Antispasmodic, Stomachic
Angelica has these Actions in Common
Emmenagogue, Immune-calming, Nervine, Analgesic, Stomachic, Antispasmodic, Vasodilator, Blood-thinner, Diaphoretic, Digestive
Yarrow has these Actions in Common
Blood-thinner, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Immune-calming, Stomachic, Analgesic, Vasodilator, Anti-inflammatory, Vulnerary, Antispasmodic
Dong Quai has these Actions in Common
Immune-calming, Analgesic, Nervine, Anti-inflammatory, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Blood-thinner, Carminative, Digestive, Emmenagogue
Hops has these Actions in Common
Carminative, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Immune-calming, Nervine, Analgesic, Sedative, Anti-inflammatory, Anxiolytic
Yogaraj Guggulu has these Actions in Common
Carminative, Emmenagogue, Nervine, Analgesic, Vasodilator, Anti-inflammatory, Antispasmodic, Anxiolytic, Blood-thinner
Wild Ginger has these Actions in Common
Spleen-tonic, Analgesic, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Emmenagogue, Immune-calming
Manjistha has these Actions in Common
Blood-thinner, Diaphoretic, Emmenagogue, Skin-tonic, Spleen-tonic, Vasodilator, Analgesic, Vulnerary, Anti-inflammatory
Mugwort has these Actions in Common
Antispasmodic, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Emmenagogue, Nervine, Analgesic, Stomachic, Anti-inflammatory
Motherwort has these Actions in Common
Antispasmodic, Anxiolytic, Diaphoretic, Immune-calming, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nervine, Analgesic, Vulnerary, Anti-inflammatory
Ashwagandha has these Actions in Common
Antispasmodic, Anxiolytic, Immune-calming, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nervine, Sedative, Vulnerary, Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory
Joyful Belly is a recognized school of biocharacteristics medicine.
TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS
Chamomile may be beneficial for these symptoms. The suitability of any food for a condition is highly dependent on the individual.
Please see your doctor before using this food to treat a medical condition.
HOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when
right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in
Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire
reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once
you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.
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About the Author
John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a
healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics
His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful.
John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.
John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel,
as well as public service work in South Asia.
John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem.
His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion.
John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing.
In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots,
and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church.
Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick.
That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.