Nowadays there is a huge variety of teas and chamomile tea is one of them. Despite tea variety and growing popularity of green tea, oolong tea, and white tea, herbal teas are frequently preferred. They are still favorites in many families and my personal best. Because herbal teas have various healing properties and usually do not contain caffeine. And so chamomile tea caffeine is very low, which is a good thing (read more about negative effects of caffeine). For example, chamomile tea benefits have been known for centuries and often times we use it to help with different issues.
Is chamomile and camomile the same thing?
Before I go further I wanted to mention that chamomile (American English) and camomile (British English) is one and the same. So do not get confused by different spelling on your tea bags. Flower looks daisy like and as previously mentioned is used as an herb infusion. Furthermore it serves various medicinal purposes.
Components of chamomile tea and how to make it.
People often ask if chamomile tea is good for you. Absolutely! You can buy it in almost every food or specialty store. I prefer organic teas. Making chamomile tea is very easy: put tea bag in the cup, pour some 7oz (200ml) of boiling water on it and let it steep. This tea is known for its pleasant aroma, natural properties, great taste, and affordable price. But despite being cheap, this tea is of a great value for our bodies. It contains volatile oils (including bisabolol, bisabolol oxides A and B, and matricin) as well as flavonoids (particularly a compound called apigenin) and other therapeutic substances. Apigenin is very important. Most evaluations of tumor growth inhibition by chamomile involve studies with apigenin. Studies on preclinical models of skin, prostate, breast and ovarian cancer have shown promising growth inhibitory effects. In a recently conducted study, chamomile extracts were shown to cause minimal growth inhibitory effects on normal cells, but showed significant reductions in cell viability in various human cancer cell lines. Thus apigenin helps with certain types of cancer! And guess what – there is a lot of this apigenin in a chamomile tea cup.
Chamomile tea benefits
Helps with stress, insomnia, and nervousness
Camomile has great calming properties. It is recommended to drink it before going to bed for a healthy rest. I used to frequently toss and turn all night. So chamomile tea became my drink of choice in the evening. For better effect I recommend around 3 cups of tea on the course of several hours before bed time.
Helps with anxiety and seizure
Scientists used chamomile in the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Some report suggests that German chamomile showed significant inhibition of GAD activity. The recent results from the controlled clinical trial on chamomile extract for GAD suggests that it may have modest anxiolytic activity in patients with mild to moderate GAD. Extracts of chamomile possess suitable effects on seizure induced by picrotoxin. Furthermore, apigenin has been shown to reduce the latency in the onset of picrotoxin-induced convulsions.
Helps with sore throat and hoarseness problems
It is very popular in natural medicine to treat stomatitis with camomile extract. Good to rinse your mouth with warm chamomile tea 6 times a day. Can also help with sore throat. In a study conducted by American Society of Anesthesiologists 51% of patients given chamomile tea reported no sore throat post anesthesia.
Helps with gastrointestinal issues
Chamomile reduces inflammation in intestine and stomach. It helps to remove toxins in people who experience stomach ulcers and gastritis. It inhibits Helicobacter pylori, the bacteria that can contribute to stomach ulcers. Chamomile is also known to help with diarrhea. Put some chamomile tea in your stomach! 🙂
Helps with eczema (itchy skin)
If your skin is bothering you, drinking chamomile tea can definitely help. In fact, topical applications of chamomile are moderately effective in the treatment of atopic eczema. Researchers found that chamomile is about 60% as effective as 0.25% hydrocortisone cream. Isn’t that amazing?
Helps treat eye inflammation and infection
Cooled chamomile tea can be used in a compress to help soothe tired, irritated eyes and it may even help treat conjunctivitis.
Chamomile tea in cosmetology
Chamomile tea is well known and used in cosmetology. For example, our ancestors noticed that chamomile positively affects your skin and hair. You can freeze chamomile tea and use on your face as medicinal ice on a daily basis. It will help fight bacteria, serve as toner, make it lighter and help with pimples and rush breakouts. Furthermore, you can use chamomile tea as conditioner. It helps with shine, smooth texture, strengthens hair follicles, and slows hair loss. Finally, you can soak your nails in chamomile tea with a couple of drops of indium. It helps fight fungus, strengthens your nails and reduces cracks on your skin.
Chamomile and health issues
It is important to remember, that despite healing properties, chamomile is not for everyone. If you’ve never drank this tea before – be careful. Do not use chamomile or drink the tea if you are:
- Allergic to chamomile
- Taking antidepressants
- Have kidney and liver issues
- Taking medications to thicken blood
Chamomile overdose can cause headaches, nausea, vomiting, muscle loss, and cough. But not to worry. Usually, it will take you drinking nothing but chamomile tea for weeks to cause an overdose. Oftentimes I am asked how much chamomile tea a day is safe? I would say you can easily drink 2-3 cups in 24hrs, that’s my regimen, if nothing else counts. Chamomile essential oil contained in the tea can cause some of the unpleasant reactions, and is more of a reason to be worried, not the tea. So unless you have any of the conditions above, I highly recommend including chamomile tea in your diet.