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Chamomile decoction

Chamomile decoction


How to prepare

To make an excellent chamomile decoction, to be used for hair care, we will need to equip ourselves with one hundred grams of dried chamomile flowers, a liter of water and, usually, half a lemon.

Pour the dried flowers into a saucepan filled with water and bring the decoction to a boil for at least twenty minutes.

Turn off the heat, add the juice obtained from half a lemon and filter the mixture.

At this point we can apply the decoction on the hair, but the hair must have been washed at a previous distance of about ten minutes: pour the decoction and let it spend a few minutes for it to act and spread its beneficial properties.


Beneficial effects

Many times we ask ourselves how to avoid the use of drugs and other chemicals for the treatment of some simple ailments: often, we do not know that there are many remedies that use plants and herbs and that are equally useful and effective.

Among the plants most used in the phytotherapeutic field, a special place is obviously occupied by chamomile, which is part of the large Asteraceae family.

It is a plant particularly widespread all over the world and which is characterized by having remarkable therapeutic properties.

Among the main varieties of chamomile with which we can make excellent decoctions, we find matricaria chamomile, which is also called “common chamomile”, but matricaria nobilis, better known as Roman chamomile, is also of absolute importance.

For those who intend to manually collect chamomile flowers, it is necessary to highlight how to dry them, it will be necessary to collect them in the period between the end of the summer season and the beginning of the autumn one.

Furthermore, the chamomile flowers should be harvested during the hottest hours of the day, so that they have not yet been attacked by the dew, thus also favoring faster drying.

The decoction made with chamomile flowers can really be used to satisfy multiple purposes.

Among others, we find it interesting to talk about the use of chamomile decoctions to make relaxing baths, as well as for the application of compresses on the hair, which allow to lighten them, up to the useful treatment to combat cough.

The chamomile decoction is characterized by having remarkable therapeutic properties and to be extremely effective, especially for hair care.


Recipes

As we said earlier, the chamomile flower-based decoction can be usefully used to lighten and have blonde highlights inside your hair.

To complete this decoction, we will need a liter of water, half a lemon and one hundred grams of dried chamomile flowers.

Pour the dried flowers into a saucepan filled with water and boil the mixture for at least twenty minutes: the next step involves adding the lemon and then let the decoction rest for at least another fifteen minutes.

Finally, we filter the mixture, in such a way as to remove any leftovers of chamomile flowers and then we can apply the decoction on the hair.

It is a decoction that must be used only after the hair has been washed with shampoo: let the decoction act for at least ten minutes, then rinse it.

Undoubtedly, it must be emphasized that the exposure of the hair to the sun allows the lightening effect to occur.

We can also use the chamomile flower-based decoction to effectively counter cough and flu states that usually occur with the arrival of the first colds.

In any case, we will also need to use a lemon and a pinch of honey, to enhance the calming and soothing properties of chamomile.

Obviously, it is necessary to wash the lemon, paying particular attention, and then cut the peel (as thinly as possible) and pour it into three or four grams of chamomile (which is dried and also sieved).

At this point, pour these ingredients into a saucepan filled with 250 ml of water and boil the mixture for at least ten minutes.

Finally, we filter the decoction, in such a way as to eliminate any remnants and then, to make it sweeter, add a pinch of honey.

It is an excellent remedy that allows you to effectively counter any type of cough and can be taken about two or three times during the day or, in any case, whenever you feel the need.


Chamomile decoction: warnings

It is essential to keep in mind that chamomile can cause allergic reactions in subjects who are more predisposed, even if it must be emphasized that these are extremely rare cases.

In any case, there are also cases in which the subject, after taking chamomile, has suffered from allergic reactions such as hypersensitivity, conjunctivitis and, especially after the application of a decoction for eye washes, contact dermatitis .

Taking excess quantities of decoction made with chamomile flowers can certainly be "double-edged", given that the side effect is to cause the exact opposite of the traditional properties of chamomile, that is to cause agitation, nervousness and states of irritation.


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