Chamomile tea is made from the well known chamomile flowers. The best quality chamomile flowers come from the Nile River Valley, Egypt and were considered by ancient Egyptians a remedy for all diseases. There basically are two main types of chamomile: Anthemis nobilis (Roman chamomile) and Matricaria Chamomilia (German chamomile). German chamomile is known for many years for its positive results in treating anxiety, sleeping disorders, gingivitis and skin aliments, being most commonly used in teas.
How to make Chamomile Tea
To brew Chamomile tea, you will need:
- Chamomile flowers
- Honey (Optional)
- Mint (Optional)
The first step is boiling the water into a kettle. Meanwhile, rinse and clean the chamomile flowers in cold running water. When the water reaches the boiling point, put in 2-3 teaspoons of chamomile flowers and let it boil for about 3-5 minutes. When the time is up, pour the Chamomile tea into your cup while using a strainer to catch the chamomile flowers. To really enhance the flavor, you can add honey and crushed mint leaves.
Benefits of Chamomile Tea
- Chamomile tea is most known for its relaxing properties and it is often taken before bed by people with sleeping problems for a restful sleep. Use it with discretion if you are already taking medications that have a sedative effect!
- Chamomile tea soothes stomach aches and helps overall digestion.
- Some studies have found that Chamomile tea has a compound that calms muscle spasm, researchers believing that due to this fact, the tea helps soothe menstrual cramps.
- Due to its antibacterial properties, Chamomile tea has resulted efficient in fighting colds, straightening the immune system.
- Chamomile tea has also resulted beneficial in healing wounds and other skin problems such as burns, allergies, bites or acne. In case of treating a wound, put a cold compress of Chamomile tea on it and let it action for a few minutes.
Chamomile Tea side effects
Although Chamomile tea is considered a safe tea, high concentrations may lead to nausea. Also, if you are experiencing or have experienced allergic reactions to other plants in the same family as chamomile such as daisy, ragweed, aster, chrysanthemum or marigold, do not drink Chamomile tea since it might cause allergic reactions.
Pregnant women should avoid drinking Chamomile tea, since it may act as a uterine stimulant and can increase the chance of abortion.
If you have bleeding disorders, you should avoid Chamomile tea because it contains coumarin that can increase the chance of bleeding.
All in all, if you had a stressful day, Chamomile tea is exactly what you need if you just want to relax. Just be sure you won’t drink too much, because over consumption can lead to any of those side effects that we all want to stay away from!