soothes the parasympathetic nervous system
Chamomile therapeutic benefits have been traced back thousands of years to ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Its health properties grew to be so strong that it rivaled the famed, Chinese tonic Ginseng as a popular remedy to promote wellness and health. It has been used in Chinese Traditional Medicine and Holistic philosophies to calm anxiety and settle the nerves.
The plants properties come from its daily-like flowers, which contain oils including bisabolol, bisabolol oxides A and B, and matricin. It also contains a variety of flavonoids, particularly a compound called apigenin, and other therapeutic substances.
Although Chamomile has been used for a variety of ailments, one of its best documented uses is for relaxation. The plant has a calming effect on people and can help to induce restfulness, ease frayed nerves, and promote a general sense of calmness and well-being. Chamomile primarily targets the parasympathetic nervous system, the part of your nervous system that can stay on “alert” after an immediate response. Calming and most importantly turning off the parasympathetic nervous system is key to promoting true restfulness and the best conditions for sleep.