If you’ve never had chamomile tea before, this blog post is probably going to change your mind. On the other hand, if you’re an avid Chamomile tea fan then this post will give you all the more reason to love your favorite brew even more!
Before we get into the details, here’s a short yet very convincing video on the benefits of chamomile tea for your health and some amazing reasons as to why it belongs in your home!
Chamomile Tea is not a Modern Day Fad!
While it’s true that more than a million cups of chamomile tea are ingested around the world today, it would be wrong to term this craze for chamomile a modern day fad. In fact, chamomile tea has been around for centuries, with traces of use dating back to over 2000 years ago. So before we get into the specifics of what makes Chamomile Tea a top contender for your pantry, let’s take a look at the rich history of chamomile as a herbal remedy and its subsequent growth in modern times.
The Rich History of Chamomile Tea
The history of chamomile tea dates back to Ancient Egypt in 1550 BC, where Chamomile tea was prescribed as a cold remedy, used to honor the Gods and embalm the dead. The Romans enjoyed it as a beverage, as well as incense. Ironically however, the name “Roman Chamomile” by which it is sometimes known, does not stem from this time. It rather comes from an arbitrary naming of the herb in the 19th Century by a botanist who happened to find some growing in the Roman Coliseum. Used both internally and externally, German chamomile has been used by many cultures for gastrointestinal disorders as well as skin conditions. Chamomile was used in ancient Egypt to treat fevers caused by malaria, and in Rome to treat headaches and urinary tract disorders.
Chamomile was used in medieval Europe as a diuretic and a tonic to manage pain and fatigue. In South Africa, chamomile has been used for a variety of ailments including insomnia, lumbago, hysteria, rheumatism, and sore throat. Called Manzanilla (“little apple”) in Spanish, chamomile tea is used as a diet aid in Costa Rica.
Historically known as the “Plant’s Physician” because of its super healing properties, it wasn’t long before Chamomile Tea gained tremendous popularity shortly after being introduced in the US. Today, it is not only consumed as one of the most popular herbal teas in the US, but is also used in different forms in the manufacturing of various products including shampoos, lotions, soaps, and perfumes, and also appears as a flavoring in candies, baked goods, cordials and liqueur.
But Wait…what exactly is chamomile?
The name “Chamomile” comes from the Greek word ‘Matricaria chamomilla‘ meaning ground apple. It’s the common name for several daisy-like plants that are commonly used to make herb infusions to serve various medicinal purposes. Popular uses of chamomile preparations include treating hay fever, inflammation, muscle spasm, menstrual disorders, insomnia, ulcers, gastrointestinal disorder, and hemorrhoids.
What does chamomile tea do?
A lot actually! Here’s a neat infographic that illustrates the top health benefits of chamomile tea and this is exactly why you need to make sure you have it in your home!
An Expert Take on the Benefits of Chamomile Tea
We caught up with renowned pilates expert Lynda Lippin, since we know she’s an avid chamomile tea fan and asked her to share her knowledge about the benefits and uses of chamomile tea. In this video she dives into many different aspects of chamomile including why she uses it, what other professionals have to say, some health and safety warnings and overall gives you better expert insight into this miracle of nature.
How Best to Make Use of Chamomile Tea for Your Health Benefits
Even though Chamomile Tea is touted as one of the best herbal teas for health, there are a number of different ways in which you can use chamomile for even more health benefits. We’re pretty sure you’re probably convinced of the very many reasons chamomile tea belongs in your home so the following section provides a guideline of how to make optimal use of this nature’s miracle in your home.
- How to use Chamomile Tea for Allergies
Sure you’ve heard that chamomile tea works wonders for allergies, but why exactly is that and how should you make use of it? Here’s the thing, chamomile is naturally endowed with anti-inflammatory properties and in that sense acts as a natural antihistamine. This is exactly what common allergies, especially those that are prevalent in spring season need and in fact most of the medicines prescribed for spring allergies have exactly the same properties. So, why not choose a natural alternative instead? One or two cups of chamomile tea every day during your worst allergy times ought to cut it for you. If you have a bit of a sweet tooth make sure you don’t use any sugar, as that would kill the medicinal properties of the brew. Instead, make use of honey to sweeten your drink and reap the benefits of better immune health towards the most common allergens.
- How to use Chamomile Tea for Diabetes
What’s the best way to prevent diabetes? Regulating your blood sugar- and this is exactly where chamomile tea can be helpful against diabetes. Diabetes, unless hereditary is often a result of years of unstable blood sugar. While remaining active and making intelligent food choices can help in the stabilization of blood sugar, adding chamomile tea to your diet can also help further regulate blood sugar levels in your body. In a recent study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, the positive impact of chamomile tea on regulating blood sugar was brought to light. This particular benefit is not only beneficial for people suffering from diabetes but even otherwise even people without diabetes can benefit by regulating normal blood sugar levels. Most commonly, fluctuating blood sugar results in sugar cravings, fatigue and even insulin resistance. If controlling symptoms of diabetes is on your health agenda then making chamomile tea a staple item in your daily diet is the way to go.
– How to use Chamomile Tea for Sleep
Chamomile Tea is most commonly marketed as a sleep aid and a drink to help you relax. No, not like those other alcoholic drinks that you think help you relax! Quite the opposite, chamomile tea is actually a proven way to reduce anxiety and relax your nerve and muscles. The best thing about chamomile tea is that it is naturally decaffeinated and its due to its relaxing effects it acts as a mild and all natural sedative which makes it the perfect tea for bed time. This is why it is highly recommended to insomnia patients across the world. The best way to make use of chamomile tea for sleep? Slip into your pajamas, pop open your favorite book and sip on some soothing chamomile tea right before going to bed!
- How to use chamomile tea for stomach cramps?
Over the years, well actually thousands of years, chamomile tea has developed a solid reputation as a powerful aid against stomach cramps, upset stomach and irritable bowel syndrome. While it can be consumed in the form of tea the real medicinal secret when it comes to calming an upset tummy is the oil derived from its daisy-like flowers. Chamomile flower extract has the natural power to reduce muscle spasms and reduce the inflammation of mucous membranes upon consumption. One study also found that drinking chamomile tea raised urine levels of glycine, a compound that calms muscle spasms. Researchers believe this is why chamomile tea helps menstrual cramps and women going through that week of the month often resort to drinking lots of chamomile tea to help with the stomach cramps.
- How to use Chamomile Tea for Migraines
Migraines! Why don’t they ever just go away! Well, here’s a neat tip, next time you’re suffering from migraines, ditch the pain killers and opt for some chamomile tea instead. Why? Because Chamomile tea has been proven to be helpful in diminishing certain migraine symptoms and can actually help you avoid developing a full on migraine. The same anti-inflammatory properties of chamomile that help with so many other health benefits come in handy for migraines as well. By relieving anxiety and reducing muscle spasm ingesting chamomile tea in liquid or capsule form and even dried flower heads can help stop a migraine in its track and save you all that headache!
- How to use Chamomile Tea for Skin
Chamomile has been found to be advantageous for lightening your skin tone. Simply bring two quarts of water to a boil with 2 chamomile tea bags in it. Then place your face above the steaming pot of chamomile tea. A bath in water mixed with chamomile tea works too. This is the reason why so many beauty conscious people take the help of chamomile tea to even out their skin tone and give off a radiant look. The best part, its all natural unlike your cosmetics!
- How to use Chamomile as a Home Remedy for Burns and Scrapes
Chamomile oil is very useful in treating bad burns. Simply rub a small amount of oil gently across the burned area once a day. For scrapes and burns you can also brew a strong concoction by adding 3 tea bags to one cup of boiling water. When the water cools, dip a cloth into it and use it as a compress on the wounded area.
What does science say about Chamomile Tea?
Current studies are reinforcing some dated claims about Chamomile Tea. A recent report in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry confirms that chamomile is an effective anti-inflammatory, sedative and ulcer-fighter. Research also suggests that chamomile may act as an antioxidant and antimicrobial.
During the study, researchers tested 14 healthy volunteers who drank five cups of chamomile tea every day for two weeks. They found that drinking tea produced an increase in a substance that helps the body fight off colds.
Are there any Side Effects of drinking Chamomile Tea?
The answer is yes. As it is common with all other Herbal products, Chamomile Tea should be used in moderation to avoid adverse reactions. One of the main side effects of Chamomile is drowsiness so avoid drinking it before driving or doing any other heavy duty work. High dosage can also lead to vomiting or skin reactions in some individuals. Also, if you are allergic to ragweed pollen or have hayfever, you may face a lot of difficulty using Chamomile.
It is also recommended not to have Chamomile Tea during pregnancy since it is considered to be an abortifacient (a substance that induces abortion).
Where and how to buy Chamomile?
Chamomile can be bought as dried flower heads, an infusion (tea), liquid extract, essential oil, tinctures (concentrated in alcohol), and in creams and ointments. Tea bags are the most common form and can be found at many mainstream grocery stores and pharmacies.
There are a number of things you can look at to ensure that you’re getting only the best quality chamomile tea for consumption. Regardless of which company or brand you go for, make sure that the product you’re buying is 100% organic. To be on the safe side, look for companies that have GMP certified manufacturing facilities and are big on independent lab testing for efficacy, like Buddha’s Herbs (shameless self-promotion because we go to insane lengths to ensure we create the best natural products).
Our Organic Teas are made exclusively from homogeneous herbs cultivated, picked and processed under the strictest requirements for organic produce. These products meet the requirements of EU Regulation (EEC) No. 2092/91 and the Rules for Organic Farming. We take great care to ensure that the tea packaging is also ecologically friendly; therefore no glue or metal elements are used while packing our Organic teas into filter bags.
You can also try chamomile tea in combinations with different herbs such as our Premium Green Tea with Herbs. Our herbalists have carefully crafted this blend by combining green tea, a time-honored healthy beverage, with the extra wellness benefits of uplifting peppermint, relaxing Chamomile and the herbal antiseptic properties of organic thyme. This unique formulation is unbelievably refreshing and is prepared from 100 percent natural ingredients. This blend is also available in our Premium Herbal Tea Sampler along with 5 other exotic blends.
Check out what this picky tea drinker has to say about Buddha’s Herbs Organic Chamomile Tea:
Chamomile tea is not only a delicious, uncannily calming beverage (that is naturally caffeine-free), but it is also showing to have a comparable amount of health benefits to its cousin, green tea. We hope you found this article helpful and that you will consider adding chamomile tea to your pantry at home.
P.S If you’re a regular chamomile tea drinker, our organic chamomile tea is also available on subscription. That is, you can subscribe to the product and receive a fresh batch every month, two months or however you want it. Plus, you save up to 20% on subscribing!