…it is well-known as a bedtime herbal tea ! The benefits of drinking chamomile tea are multiple and it has been used for centuries from people all around the world. Chamomile tea helps with insomnia, anxiety. Gently sedative, relaxant, it is also digestive and anti-inflammatory. It is good to calm stomach aches.
Add chamomile tea in your diet when you feel restless, before bed, or to ease an upset stomach. In folklore, this little plant restore strength, hope and confidence … who doesn’t need that nowadays…!
Here is a detailed list of the benefits of drinking chamomile tea and other traditional uses…
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BENEFITS OF DRINKING CHAMOMILE TEA
Germans consume a lot of chamomile and they call it alles zutraut which means “capable of anything”. Recent studies have shown that chamomile is good to fight candida albicans and staphylocoques and that it boosts the immune system.
Chamomile tea is delightful as a single herb tea or in soothing blends. The smell of chamomile is reminiscent of the apple scent and it is a very gentle tea to consume with also gentle healing properties.
It has anti-inflammatory, digestive, relaxant, sedative, antibacterial, antispasmodic and antiallergenic properties.
Therefore, chamomile tea is a wonderful infusion to ease :
Migraine and headache
The antispasmodic nature of chamomile makes it perfect to ease digestive problems, menstrual cramps and the anti-inflammatory properties can help ease arthritis.
For best result and quality, insure to buy organic chamomile and avoid powdered formulas. The flowerhead is the medicinal part of the plant that you want in your tea. A good way to make sure to have the flowerhead is to buy loose Organic Chamomile Flower Whole.
Chamomile can cause allergic reactions for people allergic to plants from the Asteraceae family or pollen and ragweed. Be careful if suffering from asthma or hay fever. Can be contraindicated with some medication. Do not use in pregnancy. Always reach out for medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.
HOW TO BREW CHAMOMILE TEA
Very simple !
You can use Organic Chamomile Flower Whole or a Chamomile Tea Bags Organic. Simply boil some water, and put a teaspoon or less of loose blossoms or one teabag in a cup. After the water has boiled, let it cool just a little before pouring on the tea. Let the tea steep for 5 minutes with a lid… or longer, and strain.
Make sure to put a lid to prevent medicinal properties to evaporate.
You can add some delicious local honey. The smell is incredibly soothing… and the taste, so relaxing. Enjoy !
If you are using fresh chamomile, you can use only 1 to 3 flowers for a cup. Too strong of a chamomile tea may induce vomiting.
The filtered tea can be used as a skin wash and to lighten blond hair. Many skin products and shampoo use chamomile for its scent and properties.
A compress of chamomile can be made to treat skin irritations or a cold infusion as a mouth wash to ease oral inflammation or gingivitis.
You can take a chamomile bath (leaves and flowers) or foot bath when feeling agitated.
Daisy-like flower, Chamomile is from the Asteraceae Family. There are two main types of Chamomile used for tea, German chamomile, Matricaria recutita and Roman chamomile, chamaemelum nobile. Chamomile tea is made with the chamomile blossoms infused in hot water.
WHERE TO BUY CHAMOMILE TEA
When drinking herbal tea, always look for the organic certification of the tea. You can find chamomile tea at your local grocery store or pharmacy as it is very common. I would suggest that you read carefully the ingredients to make sure it contains only chamomile and no artificial flavours.
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GROW YOUR OWN CHAMOMILE !
It is actually so simple to grow chamomile if you have even a small garden at home. It was originally from Europe but is now on all continents.
Get your own seeds ! I have had a plant of chamomile for 3 years now in my backyard, and every summer, plenty of smaller plants grow around it. You just pick the flowerheads and put them in your tea !
To dry them, pick them at their peak of bloom on a sunny day and dry them on a mesh or in a dehydrator. A single home-dried flower has more flavour than a bag of commercial tea !
Here is a very nice video about harvesting chamomile :
What is your favorite bedtime tea, do you have a favorite blend ? Leave a comment !