Benefits of chamomile tea
Something about flowers reminds me of all that is good in the world. The way they bloom, their petals bright and colorful in the sun. They symbolize health and well-being, and how things can heal eventually. The chamomile flower, from the daisy family is one such flower; small and delicate but with healing properties so potent, it’s almost magical. The beautiful flower has its origins in Asia, Europe, Australia and North America and it blossoms during the early days of summers.
Being a tea lover, and always on the lookout for its different kinds, I was overjoyed to come across tea made from this beautiful flower. Chamomile herbal tea is golden in color, and its health properties make it nothing less than actual liquid gold. It smells heavenly and has a fruity, apple-like taste. Packed with multiple terpenoids, flavonoids, and bioactive components, it has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antifungal, antispasmodic, anti-ulcer and astringent healing properties. So it’s no surprise that chamomile tea was consumed for centuries in the Roman Empire, Egypt and ancient Greece!
Read on to find out some of the many, many benefits of chamomile tea.
- Sleep inducer
Not getting enough sleep at night? Fret no more and give chamomile tea a chance. It’s regarded as a sleep-inducer and mild tranquilizer, and a cup thirty minutes before bed is known to work wonders. The sleep inducing property is associated to the flavonoid, chrysin found in chamomile tea.
- Anti-inflammatory properties
A cup or two of chamomile tea a day helps relieve stomach cramps and the pain and pressure it is accompanied with. It is the antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties found in chamomile tea that make it an effective remedy for stomach cramps. It is also known to reduce swelling and pain resulting from an injury. Its anti-inflammatory properties helps relax the muscles and alleviate the swelling.
- Skin care
Chamomile tea is known to have anti-oxidant properties that help in the prevention of acne. Not only that, it helps moisturize the skin and even out the skin. Steaming the face using tea bags of chamomile tea in boiling water helps to clean out pores and lighten the skin. Placing cooled tea bags of chamomile tea on eyes overnight also help get rid of dark circles. It also helps in slowing down the aging process.
- Healing burns
Chamomile tea can also be used topically to treat burns and scraps. The Egyptians, Romans and Greeks all used a poultice made from chamomile flowers for wound healing. Rubbing a small amount of strongly brewed tea on minor scrapes and burns or make a compress with a clean cloth will help in providing relief.
- Allergy prevention
Chamomile tea acts as an anti-histamine to sooth allergic reactions in the body by modulating the immune system against the allergens.
- Preventing cancer
The antioxidant apigenin present in chamomile tea aids in the prevention of various types of cancers including breast cancer, skin cancer, prostate cancer, uterus cancer and thyroid cancer.
- Controlling blood sugar
Chamomile tea helps in the regulation of blood sugar levels thereby proving useful for people with diabetes. In a study conducted, out of 64 diabetic people, those who consumed chamomile tea daily with meals for eight weeks had significantly lower average blood sugar levels than those who consumed water
- A healthy heart
Chamomile tea is known to prevent the occurrence of various cardiovascular issues, and also lowering blood pressure and LDL cholesterol levels, making the heart healthy and strong. Chamomile is a great source of flavone antioxidants that play a role in improving the heart’s overall health.
- Healthy bones
Chamomile tea helps stimulate the cells that build bones, known as osteoblasts. It not only increases bone density, but also helps in keeping the crippling condition of osteoporosis.
- Boosts the immune system
Chamomile tea is known to fight bacteria and keep illnesses of various kinds at bay. It helps to fight common flu and can also be used in the form of steam to ease nasal congestion, blocked nose, and sore throat.
- Relieves menstrual pain
The antispasmodic and pain relieving properties of chamomile tea make it the perfect remedy for when period pain becomes unbearable. It relaxes the uterus muscles, making the whole situation not only bearable but also uplifting your mood.
- Lustrous hair
The components of chamomile tea help in the prevention of itchy scalp by eliminating dandruff, help fortify hair strands and promote the overall health of hair making it shiny, silky and oh so beautiful!
Incorporating a cup or two of chamomile tea in your daily routine may prove to work wonders for your health. However, before incorporating it into your daily diet, make sure that your body may not react adversely to any of the components present. However, for most individuals, chamomile tea is a safe and healthy option if one is looking to improve their overall health and well-being!