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Health Benefits of Chamomile




CHAMOMILE TEA

This tea can help you calm, feel relaxed, and give some relief from anxiety.


Chamomile Nutrition Facts:


Chamomile is an herb known for its soothing properties, but it doesn't have significant nutritional value in the traditional sense, as it is primarily used for its health benefits. However, it does contain certain compounds that contribute to its therapeutic effects. Chamomile tea, for example, contains antioxidants and phytochemicals like flavonoids and terpenoids, which are responsible for many of its health benefits.


Health Benefits of Chamomile:

  1. Stress and Anxiety Reduction: Chamomile is often consumed as a tea to promote relaxation and reduce stress and anxiety. Its natural sedative properties can help calm the mind and improve sleep quality.

  2. Digestive Health: Chamomile tea can aid in digestion and relieve symptoms of indigestion, bloating, and gas. It can also help with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms.

  3. Anti-Inflammatory and Antioxidant Properties: Chamomile has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects that can benefit overall health and potentially reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

  4. Skin Health: Chamomile is used topically and in skincare products to soothe skin irritations, including eczema and minor wounds. It can also promote healthier-looking skin.

 

Vaginal Atrophy


Low estrogen levels in the body can occur for various reasons, and they can lead to a condition known as vaginal atrophy. Vaginal atrophy, also called atrophic vaginitis, is a medical condition characterized by the thinning, drying, and inflammation of the vaginal walls due to decreased estrogen levels. The root causes of low estrogen levels can include:

  1. Menopause: The most common cause of low estrogen in women is menopause. During menopause, the ovaries produce less estrogen, leading to a decline in estrogen levels.

  2. Surgical removal of the ovaries (oophorectomy): If a woman has her ovaries removed for medical reasons, it can lead to an abrupt drop in estrogen levels.

  3. Breastfeeding: During breastfeeding, some women may experience low estrogen levels, as the body's focus is on milk production rather than estrogen production.

  4. Medications: Certain medications, such as hormonal birth control (e.g., birth control pills, hormonal IUDs), can temporarily affect estrogen levels.

  5. Medical conditions: Some medical conditions, like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or primary ovarian insufficiency (POI), can lead to low estrogen levels.


Chamomile and Women's Health:


Chamomile has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for various women's health concerns. While it is not a direct treatment for vaginal atrophy, it may indirectly provide some relief for women experiencing this condition. Vaginal atrophy, or atrophic vaginitis, is a condition characterized by thinning and inflammation of the vaginal walls, often due to decreased estrogen levels. Some potential ways chamomile could benefit women's health, including addressing vaginal atrophy:


  1. Vaginal Soothing: Chamomile's anti-inflammatory properties may help soothe vaginal discomfort or irritation associated with vaginal atrophy.

  2. Menopausal Symptoms: Chamomile may help alleviate some menopausal symptoms, which can include vaginal atrophy. It may indirectly improve comfort during this stage of life.

  3. Stress Reduction: Chamomile's calming effects can help reduce stress, which is beneficial for overall well-being and may indirectly contribute to better emotional and physical health.

  4. Digestive Health: Improved digestion can lead to a reduction in bloating and discomfort, potentially benefiting women with menopausal or hormonal changes.

It's important to note that while chamomile may offer these potential benefits, it should not be considered a standalone treatment for vaginal atrophy or any medical condition. Women experiencing symptoms of vaginal atrophy should consult a healthcare professional for proper evaluation and personalized treatment options, which may include hormone therapy or other medical interventions. Chamomile can be a complementary therapy, but it is not a substitute for medical advice and treatment.


I recommend chamomile herbal tea to my clients struggling with vaginal atrophy for relaxation. During my struggle with painful sex due to vaginal atrophy, I consumed many herbal teas as part of my self-care rituals. Vaginal tightening, sometimes referred to as "vaginal rejuvenation" or "vaginal tightening exercises," is a topic of interest for some individuals who may experience discomfort or pain during sex. It's essential to approach this subject with care and understanding, as various factors can contribute to discomfort during intercourse. Relaxation techniques and herbal teas can be supportive, but they should be used in conjunction with guidance from a healthcare professional.


Here are some ways relaxation techniques and herbal teas may help support vaginal health:


Relaxation Techniques:

  1. Kegel Exercises: Kegel exercises are a form of pelvic floor exercise that can help strengthen the muscles around the vagina. This can improve vaginal tone and potentially reduce discomfort during sex. To perform Kegel exercises, contract and hold the pelvic floor muscles, then release. Repeat this several times daily.

  2. Deep Breathing: Relaxation techniques, including deep breathing, can help reduce anxiety and tension, making it easier to relax during sexual activity. Deep, slow breaths can help calm the mind and body.

  3. Yoga and Meditation: Practicing yoga and meditation can promote general relaxation and stress reduction. These techniques can also help improve body awareness and comfort during intimate moments.

Herbal Teas:

  1. Chamomile Tea: As mentioned earlier chamomile tea is known for its calming and anti-inflammatory properties. It can help with relaxation and potentially reduce inflammation or irritation in the vaginal area. This may indirectly contribute to more comfortable sexual experiences.

  2. Lavender Tea: Lavender tea is another herbal option that can promote relaxation and reduce anxiety. It can be beneficial in creating a calming atmosphere before sexual activity.

  3. Peppermint Tea: Peppermint tea may help with digestion and reduce bloating, which can alleviate discomfort in the abdominal area, potentially enhancing sexual comfort.

  4. Ginger Tea: Ginger tea may have mild warming properties and can increase blood circulation. It might indirectly improve sensitivity and comfort during intercourse.

It's important to remember that while relaxation techniques and herbal teas can provide support, they may not address the root causes of painful sex. Pain during intercourse can have various underlying causes, including medical conditions, hormonal imbalances, psychological factors, or relationship issues. Therefore, consulting with a healthcare professional, such as a gynecologist or a sex therapist, is crucial if you are experiencing pain during sex. They can help diagnose the issue and provide appropriate guidance and treatment options tailored to your specific needs.


Additionally, communication with your partner is essential to ensure a comfortable and mutually satisfying sexual experience.



 

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Dr. Nikki LeToya White
Dr. Nikki LeToya White

About The Author:


Dr. Nikki LeToya White MSEd-TL, Ph.D. RHN is the founder, director, and full-time board-certified trauma-informed nutritionist, folk herbalist, and wellness consultant at Spiced Life Conversation Art Wellness Studio and Botanica. She created Spiced Life Conversation, LLC Art Wellness Studio, and Botanica to provide the Metro Atlanta area with counseling and coaching services where clients are carefully matched with the right program for healing abandonment and childhood emotional neglect trauma that cause codependency, emotional eating, financial stress, and imposter syndrome as it relates to the fear of success and being abandon. We help you begin your emotional healing journey with ease. Recently, we have expanded to include an online membership site so we now provide support to people living all over the world. All of our recovery coaches provide at least one evidence-based treatment to assist in your recovery. Dr. White is a big proponent of self-care and helping people live a fulfilling life! She has been in full remission with both codependency and emotional binge eating disorder since 2016. In living a life in recovery from sugar addiction. I love my low-sugar balanced lifestyle.


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