Belonging to the daisy family, chamomile is a beautiful flowery herb, with properties that are no less wonderful. The most well-known property of chamomile is its ability to help a person relax with the help of its soothing and calming properties. It is also commonly used in the making of herbal medicine and is a reliable staple in the household. Chamomile is also used in aromatherapy.
Another way of consuming and benefiting from chamomile is in the form of tea. Chamomile tea, is a caffeine free beverage that not only tastes sweet but is also refreshing. Having a cup of chamomile tea after a long day at work, or in general is a great way of unwinding oneself.
Benefits of Chamomile tea
Helps with anxiety: Studies have shown that chamomile is quite effective in helping a person relax, alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression, and also help a person suffering from acute insomnia. A small 2016 study conducted in 2016 found that long-term and consistent use of chamomile had a significant impact in reducing symptoms of one of the most common anxiety disorders known as generalized anxiety disorder. And it is more than a placebo effect, as the whole ritual of tea making and sipping on it can have relaxing and calming affects. Placebo-controlled studies have also been conducted on the benefits of chamomile, which have proved that the impact is more than just of a placebo.
Helps in improving sleeping pattern: Chamomile tea contains apigenin, an antioxidant that gives signal to your brain to promote sleep and reduce the effects of insomnia. A research shows that pregnant women and postpartum women, who drink chamomile tea have better sleeping patterns compared to those women who do not consume chamomile tea.
Antidepressant effect: Chamomile plays vital role in managing depression and anxiety. Drinking a cup of chamomile tea has proven to be of great help in reducing anxiety and keeping one’s temper in check.
Helps in reducing menstrual pain: Having a cup of chamomile tea during menstruation helps in reducing the pain associated with the monthly cycle. It has been proven by research that chamomile helps to reduce the severity of period cramps and the tea also helps in reducing the distress, anxiety and mood swings that are common during period.
Improves digestion: Chamomile tea also helps with the digestive system of the body. The chamomile extract helps fighting against stomach diseases such as diarrhea and stomach ulcers. It can also be used to treat nausea and other gas problems. Chamomile tea can also be used to treat inflammation.
Curing and preventing cancer: Studies have shown that chamomile tea target the cancer cell and prevents them from growing in the human body. Chamomile contains antioxidant apigenin which fights against cancer and tumors cells that may grow within the uterus, prostate and breasts. It is also affective in the prevention of many other types of cancers. Drinking chamomile tea 2-6 times a week has proven to prevent cancer cells from developing in the human body.
Lowering sugar and treating diabetes: Chamomile tea contains anti-inflammatory qualities that controls the blood sugar of people suffering from diabetes. Drinking a cup of chamomile few days in a week prevents the blood sugar from increasing and helps in reducing the long term risk of diabetes.
Who should avoid chamomile tea?
- People allergic to pollens: If the chamomile is contaminated with pollen from other plants, people who suffer from severe pollen allergies are at a risk of suffering from an allergic reaction.
- People who previously had an allergic reaction to chamomile products: Those individuals who have previously suffered from an allergic reaction to products containing chamomile should also avoid chamomile tea to prevent any further complications.
- Infants and newborn babies: Just like honey, chamomile tea may also be contaminated with botulism spores. Infants and newborn babies might not be able to fight off any infection arising from the said spores. So it is better to be safe than sorry and keep chamomile tea or any other chamomile product away from infants and newborns.
Chamomile herb tea recipe:
- 2 tbsp fresh chamomile flowers
- 2 cups boiling water
- Honey ( as per required)
Boil water in a sauce pan. Add in washed chamomile flowers. Cover the saucepan and let it steep for 3-5 minutes. Strain the tea into your favorite mug. Add honey as per taste and enjoy your chamomile herb tea!