The benefits of drinking Chamomile tea

Chamomile is a daisy-like flower that is part of the Asteraceae plant family.

As well as being a beautiful addition to your garden, chamomile flowers are commonly used to make tea.

Like our special Australian blend, organic chamomile tea has a light, delicate taste and multiple health benefits.

Chamomile is mainly known as a cure for insomnia.

Still, it can also boost your immune system, help fight anxiety and depression, improve your heart health and blood sugar levels, and can help protect against certain cancers.

There is also some evidence that the chamomile plant can improve your skin, soothe a sore throat, and even help menstrual pain.

Chamomile has been used since the times of the Ancient Greeks for its healing properties.

Since then, science has proven what the Greeks already knew. We’ve got all the science-backed facts about this wonder plant. 

Chamomile Fights Insomnia 

Perhaps the most common usage of Chamomile is to help cure insomnia.

The plant contains apigenin and Chamazulene, which react with the receptors in your brain responsible for promoting the feeling of tiredness.

This means chamomile tricks your mind into feeling sleepy.

Studies have found that when consumed regularly, chamomile can not only encourage sleepiness but also increase the quality of sleep.

The plant can encourage your body to fall into a deeper sleep making it a cure for general insomnia as well as for light sleepers. Scientists have found that it can make you fall asleep an average of 15 minutes faster than people who don’t consume chamomile.

Don’t we all want a few extra minutes of beauty sleep?

Summary: Scientific studies have found that chamomile can not only make you fall asleep faster than usual. It can also improve the quality of your sleep. 

Immune Booster 

The Matricaria chamomilla plant contains phenolic compounds which scientific studies have shown are effective at encouraging an immune response to foreign pathogens.

The Phenolic compounds and active Chamazulene give your immune system the boost it needs to move any potential illness or diseases through your body and out, so you don’t get ill.

Chamazulene has antibacterial properties that help fight any infections and promote a healthy immune response.

Additionally, chamomile tea drinkers also show increased levels of Hippurate and glycine.

This is a result of the plant’s antibacterial properties boosting your body’s ability to fight off illnesses such as a cold or the flu.

The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties also suggest it can help soothe a sore throat.

Summary: Chamomile helps boost your natural immune system, and the antibacterial properties help you fight common illnesses. 

Eliminate water retention and bloating 

Because chamomile has many soothing and calming compounds, it’s a great tea to drink after dinner if you experience bloating or gas.

The soothing compounds can help your digestive system digest food efficiently. This minimises your body’s reactions, including bloating, gas, constipation, and water retention. 

The plant also helps calms muscles in your stomach, meaning you won’t get cramps after eating.

With a soothed digestive system, your body can get to work the way it’s supposed to, and you don’t have to deal with all the symptoms of a big dinner.

The anti-inflammatory properties have even been proven to help relieve IBS symptoms.

Summary

Chamomile can help soothe an upset stomach and relieve symptoms of digestive problems such as bloating, gas, constipation, and water retention. There is also proof it helps suffers of IBS.

Beat Anxiety and Depression 

As well as being a proven cure for insomnia, chamomile can be used to help beat feelings of anxiety and depression.

Scientists believe the plant has anxiolytic properties that inhibit feels of anxiety.

According to studies, anxiolytic compounds help block nerve receptors in the brain, alleviating comorbid anxiety and depression. The two usually go together.

Because of its natural, chemical-free composition, using Chamomile to treat mild forms of anxiety and depression over the long-term may be healthier for the body than using synthetic medications.

The plant may also be useful in treating some forms of PTSD, psychosis, stress and panic disorders, and substance dependence due to its ability to stop signals in the brain. 

 Summary

Chamomile has the ability to block nerve signals in the brain. This makes it effective against depression, anxiety, stress disorders, PTSD, and other nervous conditions.

Chamomile for a Healthy Heart 

Chamomile is full of flavones, which are a form of antioxidant. Flavones are specifically well-known to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

Studies have shown that if people with diabetes regularly consumed Chamomile, they would have lower levels of cholesterol, triglyceride, and LDL cholesterol.

According to the Heart Foundation, one in four deaths in Australia is the result of heart disease. High cholesterol and increased blood pressure both contribute to heart disease and can lead to a heart attack.

If you are over 35, it is recommended that you pay regular attention to your blood pressure. Drinking chamomile can dramatically improve your heart health and prevent you from having a heart attack.

 Summary

The Matricaria chamomilla plant contains a form of antioxidant which reduces the risk of heart disease and lowers blood pressure and cholesterol.

Lower Blood Sugar Levels 

Some of the properties in the plant may also help promote a healthy pancreas.

Your pancreas is responsible for producing insulin, which helps control the level of sugar in your blood. Studies have shown that drinking chamomile tea over eight weeks can lower blood sugar overall.

This is especially effective for people with existing diabetes conditions.

As well as lowering blood sugar overall, studies prove that chamomile can help prevent spikes in blood sugar levels after eating foods.

Summary

Chamomile promotes the natural functions of the pancreas to regulate blood sugar levels.

Minimise PMS symptoms and Mood Swings 

The Apigenin found in chamomile is also capable of getting rid of those pesky PMS cramps and back pains.

The compound blocks neuroreceptors in your brain and has antispasmodic qualities, so you don’t have to deal with cramps anymore.

The soothing chamomile stops the overfiring of nerves in your brain and helps manage tense PMS symptoms throughout your body.

Additionally, the pain you feel is caused by the COX enzyme in your brain, which Chamomile effectively manages. The active ingredients in Chamomile inhibit the enzyme from spreading, so you feel less pain.

The same soothing effect which makes Chamomile an excellent cure for depression also means you won't feel the mood swings and extreme lows of having PMS each month. Want less PMS pain and fewer mood swings? Chamomile is the answer.

Summary

The compounds found in chamomile have effective antispasmodic properties and help minimise cramps and soothe pain.

Beautiful, Glowing Skin 

Lots of skincare companies use chamomile extract in creams and lotions because of soothing properties. Consuming chamomile helps promote healthy, glowing skin from the inside out.

Scientists have proven the anti-inflammatory properties of the tea help reduce puffiness. Additionally, antioxidants help prevent cell degeneration minimising wrinkles and dulling of skin.

An additional use of chamomile is in topical lotions, which, when applied to the skin, have been proven to help reduce inflammation and moisturise the skin.

Chamomile is particularly good for sensitive skin as the natural compounds are soothing and don’t irritate skin the same way chemicals do.

Summary

Chamomile help reduce puffiness, and the antioxidants promote skin healing and minimises wrinkles and dullness. It can also be applied topically.

Fight Cancer 

Most herbal teas are packed full of antioxidants which make them very healthy.

The antioxidants in teas are known to help fight the spread and growth of cancerous cells in the body. In studies, healthy herbal teas have been proven to fight cancer cells in the digestive system, prostate, uterus, skin and breast.

Additionally, a specific study focusing on chamomile found that people who drink chamomile tea are significantly less likely to develop thyroid cancer in the future.

While drinking herbal teas can’t fight existing cancers, they may stop you from getting cancer in the first place. The antioxidants fight off free radicals and promote cell repair.

Summary

Evidence shows us that the antioxidants found in herbal teas can help promote call repair and stop the growth and spread of cancer cells.

Side Effects 

Because our chamomile is organic and naturally sourced, it is one of the safest teas to drink.

There are virtually no side effects or downsides to adding chamomile tea to your regular diet.

Very few people are allergic to chamomile as it is such a gentle plant, so if you’ve never tried it before, don’t fear; you’ll be fine. 

If you know you have an allergy to other plants in the Asteraceae family, such as daisies or chrysanthemums, it is best to avoid consuming chamomile or using chamomile on your skin.

There is no real evidence to suggest than chamomile can harm pregnant mothers or young children or anyone with existing health concerns.

However, as chamomile can affect your muscles, some doctors suggest avoiding chamomile in the first and last trimester as it could encourage contractions.

 

10 Frequently Asked Questions on Chamomile tea 

  • Does chamomile contain caffeine?

No, as a herbal tea, chamomile is free from caffeine. Chamomile also has very soothing properties meaning it does the opposite of caffeine, making you sleepy.

The chemicals in Chamomile block receptors in your brain, which is the opposite to a stimulant like caffeine. Chamomile tea is excellent to drink before bed or when you want to relax. However, it isn’t strong enough to counteract the effect of caffeine.

  • Is chamomile tea safe to drink while pregnant?

Not really. There isn’t much evidence to suggest it is bad to drink while pregnant, but as it can affect your muscle spasms, it could cause contractions, so it is best avoided.

The chamomile can relax muscles which make sit great for PMS cramps but can cause false contractions in the later stages of pregnancy. Always check with your doctor but it’s best to avoid Chamomile if you can.

  • Does chamomile make you sleepy?

Yes! Chamomile is full of soothing and calming compounds which can help relieve stress and promote a feeling of tiredness.

Chamomile can also help you fall deeper asleep thereby increasing the quality of your sleep. It does think by relaxing your muscles and blocking nerves in your brain.

By falling deeper asleep, the quality of your sleep improves meaning you feel more rested when you wake.

  • Can you drink Chamomile tea every day?

Yes, Chamomile is very gentle and non-toxic, meaning it can be drunk every day. Two cups per day are enough to see health benefits.

Because it is a herbal tea, chamomile tea is also very hydrating so drinking a few cups every day can keep you nicely hydrated.

However, we don’t recommend drinking more than a few cups every day.

Although there are no proven side effects, too much chamomile tea can interfere with some medications so if you want to add it to your daily routine, check with a doctor.

  • Does chamomile kill bacteria?

Chamomile contains the active ingredient Chamazulene which has antibacterial and antifungal properties.

This means it can help fight infection internally, giving your immune system a boost. It can even be applied topically to soothe stings and bug bites.

It can help prevent infection from forming in small open wounds if other anti-bacterial medicines aren’t available. However, it isn’t fully antibacterial and certainly isn’t strong enough to kill major bacterial infections.

  • Will chamomile actually help my PMS cramps?

Yes! Chamomile is great for preventing spasming muscles, soothing cramps, and alleviating pain.

Chamomile effectively blocks nerve receptors in the brain which stops them from firing. This means you won’t feel so much pain.

The antispasmodic properties will also help stop cramps before they happen.  The calming properties can also help control mood swings and keep you feeling calm and relaxed, so it's ideal for drinking at that time of the month.

  • Is chamomile tea good for depression?

Chamomile has very soothing and calming compounds that help block neurotransmitters in the brain from overfiring. This can prevent overthinking, stress, and general anxiety and depression.

Depression and anxiety usually occur at similar times and at the same places in the brain. By blocking the nerve receptors, chamomile is useful at treating both.

Additionally, the tea has antispasmodic properties help your muscles relax and help you feel less tense. The plants anxiolytic properties can also be used ot treat forms of PTSD, panic attacks and stress disorders.

  • Is chamomile good for an upset stomach?

Definitely! Chamomile has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties so if your stomach isn’t happy, it can help calm everything down.  

Additionally, it can help relax cramping muscles and releases tension. This prevents bloating as well as stomach cramps. The carminative properties are especially good at aiding digestion and reduce gas.

It can also help block pain receptors in the brain so you won’t feel uncomfortable.

  • Will chamomile really help my blood pressure?

Herbal teas are great for helping lower blood pressure and ensuring you have a healthy heart. The antioxidants in the tea are great for lowering cholesterol and preventing heart disease.

Studies found that drinking chamomile tea daily lowers the amount of bad cholesterol and sugars in your blood. It does this by keeping your pancreas healthy which then helps keep your heart and nervous system healthy.

The flavones in the tea also help by attacking bad cholesterol and preventing blockages and a build up in your blood stream.

  • What does chamomile taste like?

Chamomile has a delicate floral taste, which is often described as being a mix of honey and apple. Some people say it tastes like the fresh smell of sweet hay.

Either way, it’s delicious and not too overpowering. Honey is an excellent addition to a cup of chamomile tea to make it slightly sweeter.

Chamomile should be brewed for around 5 minutes. If it is brewed for too long, the taste becomes bitter.

If brewed for only a for minutes, the taste is very light and delicate. The tea should be a bright sunshine yellow colour. 

Consuming Chamomile

The family of Asteraceae plants are very common in Australia and around the world. Chamomile, in particular, is so popular, there are many ways you can add it to your regular routine.

Chamomile Extracts

Chamomile extract still contains the beneficial flavonoid and essential ingredients which make chamomile so beneficial.

The alcohol percentage is so low, it serves only to preserve and breakdown complex compounds in the plant. This makes it great to store and keep and add occasionally to food and drink.

However, extracts are a more expensive way to consume chamomile without additional benefits.

Chamomile Capsules

The oil of the plant can be captured and pressed into capsule form. For people who don’t like the taste of chamomile, this is a great way to get the benefits on a daily basis.

However, the oil can often be mixed with other ingredients and is rarely pure.

Chamomile Tea

Drinking tea is the most popular way of consuming Chamomile.

Not only does the tea taste delicious, but it is also easy to make, cheap and natural. Most chamomile teas are organic and vegan -produced, making it perfect for everyone to enjoy. The light flavour isn't overpowering and can be enjoyed before and after a meal.

Our chamomile blend has a delicate taste and can be brewed for up to 6 minutes for maximum flavour.

Chamomile tastes excellent with a little honey added. We recommend adding a little honey made from lavender flowers as the additional flavours complement the chamomile taste.

Chamomile Creams

Chamomile is a popular skincare ingredient because it is gentle enough to be used on sensitive skin.

The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties make it great at fighting acne and promoting healthy, glowing skin.

The calming compounds can soothe redness so chamomile is often used on rashes and to soothe itchy skin.

Chamomile is also used in haircare as it can help it naturally lighten blonde hair.

Why you should drink chamomile tea every day

Scientific studies have proven that chamomile tea is excellent at promoting a healthy digestive system and can reduce your chances of getting heart disease.

It does this by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, and the antibacterial properties ensure you have a healthy immune system.

As well as preventing illness, Chamomile can help alleviate symptoms of PMS cramps, cold, flu, and a sore throat. It blocks receptors in the brain, which helps control pain and leaves you feeling calm, relaxed, and sleepy.

This makes it great for beating depression, anxiety, stress, and overthinking; 3.2 million Australians suffer from anxiety every day, and the answer could be right here.

Adding just two cups of our chamomile tea blend to your daily diet could help prevent the spread of cancer cells and will leave you feeling relaxed.

Do you drink chamomile every day?

Have you noticed some major improvements in your health?

Are you sleeping better?

We'd love to hear about experiences with Chamomile, so please get in touch and leave us a comment.

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