Health Benefits of Chamomile Tea and 4 Reasons You Should Drink It
Chamomile, or camomile is a flowering herb that’s often consumed as an infusion. This tiny daisy is fragrant and makes for a delicate brew best known to relax and soothe you. Originating from the Greek word ‘chamaimēlon’, which means ‘ground apple’, the flower smells just like it! Chamomile was used as a medical remedy since the time of the Ancient Egyptians and was also used as an incense and a beverage by the Romans. The health benefits of Chamomile tea are known to vary from relieving stress, to boosting your immunity and more.
What is Chamomile Tea?
Chamomile tea is not a ‘tea’ in the traditional sense but is actually an infusion. With no trace of the Camellia sinensis plant to make it a true tea, chamomile tea is a herbal brew. Chamomile flowers are first dried before they are seeped into hot water to make the aromatic, healing infusion.
Health Benefits of Chamomile Tea
Chamomile (tea) offers a wealth of health benefits that even the Romans and Ancient Egyptians saw fit to use and incorporate into their lifestyles. From easing your stress levels to boosting your immunity, chamomile is a great caffeine-free option for anyone!
- Chamomile (Tea) Reduces Stress Levels
Whether you’re feeling stressed out or anxious, a cup of chamomile (tea) is known to calm your nerves and ease your stress. A cup of Chamomile in the night is also ideal in reducing insomnia; the soothing aroma, taste and lack of caffeine, will gently lull your mind and body into a calm state. However, do note that it should not be used as a medical alternative.
- Chamomile (Tea) Boosts Immunity
Drinking Chamomile (tea) has been known to help increase the chemical ‘Hippurate’ in your body; a natural immune booster. Studies have shown that regular consumption of chamomile may strengthen your body’s immune system, thus making it easy to fight off common illnesses, like the flu or the common cold.
- Chamomile (Tea) Eases Pain from Menstrual Cramps
Studies have shown that drinking a cup of chamomile (tea) might even help reduce menstrual cramps and pains. According to one study carried out, women who consumed chamomile daily, reported less anxiety and stress-related symptoms with menstrual cramps. Additionally, because of its anti-inflammatory properties, chamomile is also known to reduce the pain in your uterus, by decreasing the production of a hormone-like substance; prostaglandins, that’s known to cause pain during menstruation.
- Chamomile (Tea) Promotes Skin Health
Over the years, chamomile has been used to improve certain skin conditions; as it’s been known to help clear skin, especially in cases of eczema, acne, or dermatitis. A recent study stated that chamomile has the ability to increase the production of collagen proteins in the body, thus speeding up the healing process of your skin. However, do remember that chamomile is simply a mild herb and should not be used a medical alternative.
When Should You Not Drink Chamomile?
Although Chamomile is packed with a range of health benefits from reducing period pains to improving your skin, Chamomile is not for everyone, due to some of its side effects. Like with most teas, pregnant or breastfeeding mothers are advised not to consume large doses of this herbal infusion. Chamomile is a natural flowering herb, that can be packed with pollen; therefore, people allergic to pollen and other chamomile products, infants and young children, should avoid drinking chamomile (tea).
How to Brew Chamomile Flowers for a healthy infusion
To brew Chamomile (tea), follow this simple method:
- Boil fresh spring water and let it cool to a temperature of 70°C - 80°C
- one t-Series Pure Chamomile Flowers tea bag into a cup and pour the water over it.
- If you’re using the Vivid Gentle Chamomile loose leaf tea, add 1 teaspoon into your cup.
- Brew for 3 – 5 minutes before serving.
- Chamomile is best enjoyed as it is, without any additives. If you must sweeten it, avoid sugar and use natural bees honey instead.
How to Enjoy Chamomile (Tea)
For your tea time pairings, it can be best accompanied with apple pie, salads, roast turkey, nuts and even mint ice cream.
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