Benefits of Chamomile tea

Chamomile is a flower that is one of the daisy variety plants. It not only looks beautiful, it has number health benefits. It has been used as herb for many centuries now.

Chamomile consists of an essential oil called Bisabolol, which has anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. This is what has made Chamomile noteworthy and popular.

Before diving into the benefits of Chamomile tea, here is how you can make this aromatic delicacy. And before you start reading, the below method is for those who are willing to put in the extra effort to make their own tea from flowers instead of buying a box of tea bags.

Method of making Chamomile tea

  • Take 200 ml of water and boil it.
  • Add 2.5 tablespoons of dried chamomile flowers to this boiling water and let it continue to boil for a minute.
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  • Now add 4 tablespoons of fresh chamomile flowers to this water.
  • Switch off the stove.
  • Leave the water with the flowers for a while so the decoction is a little stronger. (You can always dilute it if you need)
  • Use a strainer and filter the decoction.

You can add honey or even better would be palm sugar and drink it – a healthy drink for a healthy you!

Health benefits of Chamomile tea

Heals cuts and wounds

Chamomile tea when consumed continuously, helps you to heal open wounds and cuts in your skin. People who consume it regularly seem to get better quickly than the ones who don’t. It was used by Greeks, Romans and Egyptians to expedite healing during war.

Maintains glucose levels

Regular consumption of chamomile tea can help you maintain the glucose level in your body. Hence it can help diabetic patients a lot.

Diabetic patients should consult a doctor to understand the quantity of tea you need to consume.

Skin allergy/rashes

You can apply cooled chamomile tea extract on the affected area with a cotton wool to soothe the irritated skin. You can also drink the tea to have better and quicker results.

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Natural skin cleanser

The oil which is extracted from chamomile flower, acts as a natural cleanser. You just have to apply it on your skin and leave it for 30 minutes. You can definitely notice a glowing skin.

Treats acne/pimples

The anti-oxidant nature of the herb, helps you keep your skin young. It helps to reduce the acne/pimples and the toxins gets flushed out of your body.

Reduces Dark circle/eye puffiness

When a chamomile tea bag is kept under the eye for 20 minutes, it helps to reduce dark circles. It also visibly reduces eye puffiness.

Natural Scrub

When the tea extract is mixed with powdered milk, it can be used as a good body and face scrub. It removes the dead skin cells and gives a refreshing skin.

Lighten Skin tone

When the tea extract is applied externally, it helps to lighten your skin, like a bleach. It also tightens the pores and blurs the acne scars on your face.

Enriches Hair color

Chamomile tea can be added with henna to highlight your hair color. It can also be used as a final hair rinse add on to give a glowing hair.

For itching scalp and dandruff

You can apply chamomile tea on your scalp to reduce dandruff. The anti-inflammatory properties in chamomile tea, helps relieve itchiness on scalp.

Remedy for muscle cramps

Chamomile has been found to contain fairly strong antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, it has been found to be effective in treating stomach and intestinal cramps. Simply prepare a cup of Chamomile tea following the directions on the package and drink it twice a day until while symptoms are present. You can get rid of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome).

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Menstrual cramps

When you seem to have unbearable menstrual pain/cramp, just have a cup of chamomile tea. The pain will subside and it also helps to soothe yourself.

Ulcer pain

If you have stomach ulcer or mouth ulcer, please do have 2 cups of chamomile tea on a daily basis. It helps you relieve the burn and pain.

Insomnia

Insomnia is something no one wants. If you have the problem to sleep peacefully, then Chamomile tea is the best drink you can have before going to bed.

Reduces Anxiousness

Today’s day to day activities alone can make you anxious and stressful all the time. Chamomile tea can help you relax and reduce stress. Make sure you have 2 cups of tea every day to keep yourself stress-free.

This not only helps you relax and reduce anxiety, it also helps you come out of depression. It acts as a nerve relaxant and helps to maintain your cool.

Boosts immunity

Chamomile tea helps you to increase immunity to many common flu diseases. It can help you keep away from common cold, fever and many allergies.

Regular consumption can help you stay healthy in the long run.

Headaches/Migraine

Migraine and head ache has become a very common problem with many people these days. Instead of consuming medicines/tablets frequently, it is always better to treat it naturally.

Just have a hot cup of chamomile tea. It will help you relieve the pain in a short period of time.

Side effects

Now that you read about the benefits of chamomile tea, you should get to know the side effects too.

Chamomile tea is not advised to people who need to drive vehicles or operate heavy machinery in shop floors. The mild sedative in the tea can cause drowsiness.

It is not recommended for women who are pregnant and try to conceive. Chamomile tea has a substance that induces abortion.

People who are already taking medicine to thin the blood (blood thinner), should not consume chamomile tea, as it contains a compound called coumarin, which helps to thin the blood.

Like any other herbal product, chamomile tea might be allergic to few people. So it is always better to try it in lesser quantity in the beginning and increase it gradually.

We advise to consume 2 cups of chamomile tea and not more than 3 cups. Moderation is very important in herbal product you use.

Many types of chamomile can be found around the world, but the two types especially known for their health benefits are German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) and Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)

Have a healthy and happy tea time.

Kripa Sivasubramanian, MBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. After a long stint in the Technology sector, she took up courses in natural medicine and yoga. Ms. Kripa is certified in Ayurvedic yoga for Dosha. She is also certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.