Chamomile tea has amazing health benefits. When we went on a trip to Sri Lanka, I had the opportunity to taste different kinds of teas and one tea that became my all time favorite is chamomile.
Though I had tasted chamomile tea before, drinking it regularly in Sri Lanka made me appreciate the wonderful healing properties of this amazing tea. It also tastes wonderful.
Drinking chamomile tea is one of the best things to do if you are stressed or if you are unable to sleep, it really really relaxes a person so well. Nowadays when I don’t get sleep, I just make myself a cup of chamomile tea and usually it makes me relax and helps me sleep.
Chamomile Tea Health Benefits:
1. Antioxidant Properties:
Chamomile tea is full of antioxidants and drinking chamomile tea regularly helps improve immunity. Consuming antioxidant rich natural drinks in one of the best ways to improve immunity and chamomile tea tops that list.
2. Chamomile Tea Benefits For Sleep:
Chamomile tea is one of the best drinks to have before going to bed. Like mentioned before, I prefer to sip on unsweetened chamomile tea on days that I am stressed and don’t get sleep. I usually feel relaxed within a short time after drinking chamomile tea and fall asleep very quickly. You can read the study that supports this claim here.
3. For Stress, Anxiety & Depression:
Chamomile tea is one of the best remedies for treating anxiety and mild forms of depression, it greatly relaxes a person. You can read the study that proves it here.
I can personally vouch for this as nothing helps me more than chamomile tea when I am stressed or anxious.
4. Anti Inflammatory Properties:
Chamomile tea has amazing anti inflammatory properties and and has been used from ancient times for it. It also has anti spasmodic properties and can be had when we are suffering from painful periods.
5. For Cancer:
Chamomile tea contains Apigenin, an antioxidant that helps prevent many cancers including breast, uterus, skin, etc. Another interesting use of chamomile tea is it’s amazing ability to reduce thyroid cancer. A study done in Greece has proven beyond doubt that chamomile tea greatly helps prevent thyroid cancer, you can read the study here.
6. For Diabetes, Heart Health & Blood Pressure:
Chamomile tea is one of the best herbal teas that helps with all metabolic diseases including diabetes, blood pressure and obesity. Diabetic patients can consume it regularly as it lowers blood sugar levels. It also has a protective effect and prevents diabetic complications. You can read the study that proves it here.
Since it reduce anxiety and stress, it is great for people suffering from high blood pressure and it is good for heart health too.
7. For Skin Care:
Chamomile tea is very very soothing and can be used even on most sensitive skin. It can be used in face packs and scrubs. Since it has anti inflammatory properties, it is definitely one of the best ingredients for people with acne prone skin.
8. For Hair Care:
Chamomile tea can be used to lighten hair very effectively at home without any damage. It is one of the best and safe alternatives for store bought hair lightening bleach.
9. For Stomach:
Chamomile tea has a soothing effect on our stomach and is great for people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome and stomach ulcers. Since it has anti inflammatory properties, it helps with stomach problems like diarrhoea and stomach inflammatory related diseases.
10. For Fertility:
Chamomile is one of the best teas to drink when you are suffering from PCOS as it helps eliminate many of the problems associated with PCOS. It stimulates menstruation and also helps regulate irregular periods along with treating painful menstruation. It also helps lessen the possibility of premature labor.
Chamomile Tea Side Effects:
Chamomile tea is generally safe but if you are on any anti coagulant medications, please consult your physician before drinking it on a regular basis. Also if you are due for any surgery, mention it to your physician and if you are pregnant never over consume chamomile tea.
Where To Buy Chamomile tea?
In India, few years back, it was only sold in some shops but now you get chamomile tea bags in all the departmental stores. Dried chamomile flowers are not commonly found in India, my co sister got me the dried flowers when she was traveling abroad…
Different Ways Of Preparing Chamomile Tea at Home:
1. Chamomile Tea For Digestion:
Chamomile tea has a soothing effect on the stomach and can be had for improving digestion. I like to prepare it with fresh herbs. For the tea, boil a cup of water and add in the dried chamomile flowers and switch off. Now add few fresh mint leaves and honey to taste.
2. Chamomile Tea For Hair Lightening:
To make the chamomile hair lightener, boil water in a pan along with cinnamon sticks and pour over the chamomile tea bags. The chamomile tea should be really strong, now add the lemon juice and add a tiny bit of extra virgin olive oil. Pour this in a spray bottle and spray it all over the hair and dry the hair in the sun. You can find the recipe for chamomile hair lightener here.
3. Night Time Chamomile Tea For Good Sleep:
Take a chamomile tea bag in a cup. Boil a cup of water and once it comes to boil, pour over the tea bag and let it steep for 2 to 3 minutes and your night time drink is ready. It is best not to add any sweeteners before sleep, just sip on it and you will feel relaxed and ready to sleep in no time.