Have you heard of the flowers of the Asteraceae family of plants? Chamomile tea is made from these dried flowers. And it is very delicious. Trust me for that.
It also is known for many health benefits. It really has been used as a natural remedy for centuries, for help us to relax and sleep better, boost our immunity, and it’s also an effective remedy for common colds, and even good for skin. Chamomile tea is really full of herbal benefits.
A lot of people prefer drinking chamomile tea before bedtime, as it makes them feel relaxed and help with sleep. The pleasant and soothing taste and texture relieves stress immediately calm down the nerves. It is a perfect tea after a busy and stressful day to rejuvenate and relax.
Chamomile tea is made from two different species of Asteraceae. One is German chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) and the second is perennial Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile). The flowers of chamomile are full of flavonoids, antioxidants, and sesquiterpenes, which have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. German chamomile has a higher concentration of beneficial compounds.
Lets look at this in a little more detail.
Chamomile Tea Benefits in Sleeping and Relaxing:
People from ages are using and recommending Chamomile tea for treatment of insomnia and anxiety. The relaxing qualities of chamomile are partly because of apigenin, an antioxidant that has tranquilizing properties. It activate on the benzodiazepine receptors in our brain and acts as a sleep inducer together with several other compounds found in chamomile.
Chamomile tea can be used as a sleep aid for people who suffer from restless sleep and sleep apnea. In a study, chamomile tea helped 10 out of 12 patients fall asleep soon after drinking.
Chamomile tea seems to also work well with relieving chronic stress. A good night’s sleep is very important in keeping our body’s main stress hormone, cortisol, at normal levels. Chamomile doesn’t contain caffeine, so it is suitable for drinking before bedtime.
Chamomile Tea Benefits in Boosting Immunity and Preventing Cancer:
Chamomile tea is very rich in phenolic compounds that help in strengthening our immune systems and protecting our bodies from pathogens. It also contains compounds that may reduce inflammation and boost antibacterial activity.
This can be explained by the fact that drinking chamomile tea increases urinary levels of hippurate.
Several studies suggest that the apigenin found in chamomile tea can target cancer cells, especially the digestive tract, breast, skin, prostate, and uterus cancer. A study is referenced for same in this link.
Chamomile Tea Benefits in Colds and Pain:
Drinking chamomile tea is a well-known remedy for colds, cough and sore throat. It lubricates an irritated throat and it also helps with headache and even migraine. The inhaling steam containing chamomile help relieve the symptoms of common colds.
Chamomile tea can also reduce menstrual pain and cramps. A study of university students divided into two groups drank two cups of chamomile tea per day, one week before menstruation and for five first days of the cycle. The women reported that chamomile tea relieved their menstrual pain and related psycho social problems.
Chamomile Tea Benefits in Prevention of Slows Osteoporosis:
Osteoporosis is the disease of losing too much bones. The result is that the density of bones decreases and bones become weaker and can break more easily. It is most common with women who are over 50 years old and relatively common with elderly men as well. Chamomile can help with stimulating osteoblast activity and thus help enhance the density and strength of bones.
Chamomile Tea Health Benefits:
Wait, we are not done yet!!! Chamomile tea has more health benefits that I want to list here -
- It is noticed to have help with digestion and preventing stomach ulcers. It also has potential for fighting against pathogens that cause diarrhea.
- Chamomile Tea can also help lower blood sugar levels of diabetic people. (Please do not consider it as a substitute for medication prescribed by a doctor)
- The Chamomile tea can also help lower the blood pressure and cholesterol level, therefore promote heart health.
It would not be wrong to say that chamomile tea benefit certainly supports its high demand. There days we engage so much with the electronic devices, screens etc., and also live a very hectic lifestyle. All this, result in increased stress and difficulty sleeping. Drinking a cup or two of Chamomile Tea can be a good solution. Adding it to your lifestyle can be addition of a healthy habit.
A world of caution about some possible side effects of Chamomile Tea - some people, depending on their allergy sensitivity, can get allergic reactions by drinking chamomile tea. We always advise to test with small amount if you feel you can be prone. However, this is only common in people who known allergies to other plants, especially in daisy plant family.