We’ve been talking a lot about the benefits of chamomile tea lately and why it belongs in every home. However, if you’re expecting you might want to take some precautions because chamomile tea during pregnancy might not be such a good idea- well at least according to some!
All Herbal Teas are Not Created Equal
So why exactly is chamomile tea unsafe for pregnant women when generally otherwise herbal and fruit teas are considered to be very safe during pregnancy? In fact, brews like green tea and many other herbal/fruit teas are actually recommended for pregnant women. The general notion is that as long as you’re having just a couple of cups of herbal or fruit teas a day, you and your baby will be just fine. However, with chamomile tea, the case is slightly different and that is because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
Most of Chamomile tea health benefits can be linked to this very property of the herb. Its anti-inflammatory properties are what enables chamomile tea to be effective in the treatment of so many health problems such as digestion, diabetes, migraines, insomnia and what not. However, much like how pregnant women are discouraged from having asprin, due to its anti-inflammatory properties, doctors generally recommend pregnant woman avoid the use of chamomile tea all together.
What harm do chamomile tea’s anti-inflammatory properties do to pregnant women? Some experts suggest that regular consumption of chamomile tea by pregnant women can result in the development of fetal heart problems and premature construction of the fetal ductus arteriousus which is an essential aspect in allowing the fetus to breathe in the womb. However, as with everything “alternative” this information is to be taken with a pinch of salt. While we at Buddha’s Herbs also put up a safety warning for pregnant woman on our Organic Chamomile Tea, the fact of the matter is that the research is, well, fairly limited. Tea drinkers, experts and doctors all have a conflicting opinion.
Online communities and forums are rift with discussions on discussion about chamomile tea and pregnancy but no clear verdict can be established. In order to get to the bottom of this question we asked one of the Experts on our Wellness Center Panel to explain this conundrum to us. Here’s what Registered Dietitian Dixya Bhattarrai had to say about the matter:
Is Chamomile Tea safe during pregnancy? There seems to be a lot of confusion on the internet regarding this matter. Can you please shed some light on this!
Chamomile is an herb that comes from a flowering plant from the daisy family. They fall under herbal tea category and have been used for centuries for medicinal. cosmetics, and therapeutic purposes. The active ingredient in chamomile essential oil is known as bisabolol is known for it’s of anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties. Nutritionally, it is high in calcium and magnesium and have known to help with insomnia, upset stomach, anxiety, and inflammation of joints.
Most herbal teas (if it is true herbal tea and not a mix), they are naturally caffeine free. However, unlike coffee, caffeine is not an issue with pregnancy but the main concern arises due to the fact that there are very limited date available on chamomile tea and it’s effects on a developing fetus. Chamomile is listed as GRAS (generally recognized as safe) ingredient by the FDA and if the herbal tea contains small amount of chamomile blended just for the flavor, it is probably safe to consume it during pregnancy. One must exercise caution with medicinal chamomile and chamomile oil. Medicinal herbs are typically concentrated and taken at higher doses than herbs used for tea, therefore it should be avoided during pregnancy because they are untested and safety is a major concern. I would strongly suggest anyone, especially if you are pregnant to talk to your health care provider regarding the particular kind/brand of chamomile tea you are interested in drinking to ensure it’s safety for you and the fetus.
-RD, Dixya Bhattarai.
Well, we hope we were able to shed some positive light on the discussion. As you all know, we do sell Chamomile Tea on our website. However, if you’re inclined towards precaution, there are a number of other herbal and fruit teas we have to offer that are completely safe for pregnant women.
We’ve got a very special product for post-pregnancy as well. Our Milky Cloud Tea is a herbal tea especially designed to promote healthy lactation and increase breast milk supply. So, if you’re a new mommy who is breast feeding her little ones, this Herbal Tea is for you! For more details click on the image below!