Chamomile tea is made from the dried flowers of the Asteraceae family. The flowers of this plant look like tiny fragile daises dancing in the wind. The taste is a pleasingly earthy and flowery flavor.
There actually are two varieties used Roman or German chamomile. The potency in this plant varies so it's recommended to start slow on your first use.
Chamomile has been used for over 5,000 years in ancient medicine arsenals for many health benefits and was used for digestion and sleep.
Some research studies are recorded but we need to do more to confirm the evidence-based knowledge.
Laura Neville, N.D., Naturopathic Physician in Portland, Oregon, says Chamomile calms a “busy mind” and studies show it helps those with moderate anxiety disorder; so, have a cup of tea when upset or anxious.
- It promotes sleep due to the compound, apigenin, reduces insomnia, and improves the quality of your sleep. This sleep-inducing power is due to the flavonoid that binds to the benzodiazepine receptors in the brain acting as a mild tranquilizer.
- Inflammation and pain relief, considered a ‘herbal aspirin”, due to the mild sedative effects. It is good for headaches and even gut inflammation.
- It helps with Digestive issues, with many anecdotal stories, that it can reduce acidity, and inhibit the growth of bacteria which
contribute to ulcer development. Soothes upset stomachs, feelings of nausea, and reduces cramping, even helping those with Irritable Bowel syndrome.
- Relaxing is one of the most common uses, it helps lower anxiety and mild depression symptoms.
- Diabetes, research has a forum that helps keep the pancreas healthy and decreases sugar levels.
- Drinking Chamomile tea may help improve heart health and lower cholesterol due to the flavones compound.
Chamomile herb is also available as an Essential oil and as an extract, these are often used in cosmetics.
The herbal Chamomile tea is safe to drink daily at any time of the day, especially calming at night before bed. It is caffeine-free.
It is considered very safe to consume unless you have allergies to ragweed pollens; for Chamomile is in the same family as this pollen.
Also avoid if you have any hormone-sensitive condition, such as cancers or fibroids, since it may act like estrogen when used in large amounts. An occasional cup when needed would not be a problem.
Cindy Burrows, B.S., M.T., Herbalist and is a Nutrition and Wellness Consultant helping individuals with health programs to improve life and happiness. She is a writer, speaker and owner of several businesses.