Chamomile tea is very effective and popular herbal tea for health.
This tea is a caffeine-free alternative of green and black tea.
It is being used since ancient time as a medicinal herbs.
Dry powder of chamomile flower is recommended in several health conditions.
Essential oils of Chamomile are used in cosmetics industry as well as during aromatherapy.
Regular usages of Chamomile improves cardiovascular conditions, stimulate immune system, and also provide protection against cancer.
Chamomile is an integral part of both traditional and modern medicine system.
There is two types of Chamomile e i) German Chamomile (Scientific name- Chamomilla recutita), and ii) Roman Chamomile (Scientific name- Chamaemelum nobile).
It is being used since ancient time for several health issues such as hay fever, sleep disorders, inflammation, ulcers, muscle tremors, menstrual discomfort, wounds, GI-tract disorders, rheumatic pain, and hemorrhoids and many more.
Major phytoconstituents found in flowers of Chamomile is primarily phenolic such as apigenin, quercetin, patuletin, luteolin and their glucosides.
A standard extracts of Chamomile contain around 1.2% apigenin which is one of the most effective phytochemicals against cancer.
Roman chamomile is extensively used in cosmetic industry whereas Chamomile oil is used in aromatherapy.
Chamomile Tea and Recipe
This tea is one of the utmost popular single ingredient based herbal tea.
It is being used traditionally for various medicinal conditions.
Dried flower is used in the preparation of this herbal tea.
This tea provides several beneficial phenolic compounds, such as flavonoids apigenin, quercetin, patuletin, luteolin and their glucosides.
This herbal tea can be prepared using;
- Dried chamomile flowers- ½ -1 tsp
- Hot water- 2 cups
- Jaggery/ Sugar/ honey (as per taste)
While preparing it, add the Chamomile flowers in hot water and let it infuse for 2 to 3 minutes. After that strain it and serve after adding either Jaggery/ Sugar/ honey in it.
Health benefits of Chamomile tea
- This tea lower fasting blood sugar levels by a considerable amount, and prevent the spikes of blood sugar after meal.
- Chamomile prevents damage to the cells of the beta cells of the pancreas due to high sugar levels in the body.
- Chamomile is widely used in treating inflammations of the skin and mucous membranes.
- This tea infusion can be used as a wash or gargle during the inflammation of the mucous membranes of the mouth and upper GI tract i.e throat.
- It also beneficial in various inflammatory disorders such as osteoarthritis, ulcerative colitis, and other GI-tract disorders.
Helping with sleep and relaxation
- This tea alleviating depression and reduces anxiety and help people fall sleep.
- For relieve during anxiety and general depression, the inhalation of the vaporized essential oils of chamomile is very effective.
Treatment of skin conditions
- Chamomile ointments may help in wound healing and also useful in eczema and mild inflammatory skin conditions.
- It is being used in several skin care cosmetic products, such as lotions, eye creams and soaps where it moisturizes and reduces the skin inflammation.
- It is being used in cosmetics industry
Cancer prevention and treatment
- Apigenin found in Chamomile flower fight against different types of cancer cells such as cancer of breast, digestive tract, skin, prostate and uterus origin.
Reducing menstrual pain
- The phytochemicals found in this tea help in calming the abdominal distress, ease menstrual spasms and lessen premenstrual syndrome (PMS) mood swings.
Chamomile tea in osteoporosis
- Study have shown that this herbal tea have anti-estrogenic effects and help in the slowing and prevention of osteoporosis.
- It essential oils inhaling relaxes both mind and body during aromatherapy
- Chamomile whole plant is also used for preparation of herbal beers.
What are the benefits of chamomile tea?
This tea offers several health benefits such as metabolic syndromes (diabetes and cardiovascular syndromes), inflammatory diseases (such as inflammation and osteoarthritis), preventing and treating the cancer, reducing the menstrual discomfort, helping in the sleep and many more.
What are the side effects of chamomile tea?
This herbal tea is safe for majority of the people. Some of the side effect of it includes, allergic reaction, eye irritation, vomiting (if consumed in large quantity), sometime also indices hypersensitivity reactions.
When should I drink chamomile tea?
It can be drink any time of day, but best time to consume it is at least 30-45 min before going to bed.
Does chamomile tea detox your body?
Yes, Sesquiterpene lactone found in it is helpful in the process of the detoxification.
Does chamomile tea burn belly fat?
This tea help in losing the weight possibly by stimulating gastric juices which quicker digestion process.
Why does chamomile make you sleepy?
It is well-known as a mild tranquilizer or sleep inducer. Apigenin found in it, binds with some receptors in brain which ultimately decrease anxiety and initiate sleep
Is chamomile tea good for skin?
This tea possess anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which helps in relieving skin irritations during eczema. It also moisturizes and reduces the skin inflammation.
Take home message
Chamomile tea is one of the best single herb based tea with multiple health benefits. So one should drink it occasionally to maintain health or frequently to manage various health conditions such as hay fever, sleep disorders, inflammation, ulcers, muscle tremors, menstrual discomfort, wounds, GI-tract disorders, rheumatic pain, and hemorrhoids and many more.
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