Everything You Need To Know About Chamomile Tea
Whenever I talk about my night-time routine, I get questions about the type of tea I drink before bed.
I find that sitting down with a cup of chamomile tea helps me to sleep easier. It has such a beautiful smell, and there are a tonne of other benefits of chamomile tea that I love too!
- What is chamomile tea?
- How to make chamomile tea
- Benefits of chamomile tea
- Chamomile tea sleep benefits
- Chamomile tea for anxiety
- More benefits of chamomile tea
If you’ve never tried it before, then you might be curious what chamomile actually IS. Keep reading to find out more.
What is chamomile tea?
Chamomile is a herb that comes from the flowers of the Asteraceae plant — the heads of the flowers are dried and then infused with hot water to make chamomile tea.
These beautiful flowers make a golden-coloured herbal tea that you can have on its own or with a little honey added if you enjoy a sweeter tea. Chamomile tea has an earthy, apple-like taste so it is really light to drink.
How to make chamomile tea
There are a couple of ways to make chamomile tea, so it will depend on your preferences.
If you’re making chamomile tea from the dried flowers using an infuser, teapot or tea bag, use boiling water and allow it to steep for a few minutes.
Chamomile tea can also be brewed using the fresh flowers — just add them to an infuser and steep in boiling water.
Benefits of chamomile tea
Here are just a few of the health benefits of chamomile tea.
Chamomile tea sleep benefits
Not only is chamomile tea caffeine-free, the tea can calm the nervous system which helps to induce sleepiness. Having a cup of this natural relaxing brew might make it easier to fall asleep.
Chamomile-based essential oil can also be used to help you relax and wind down for bed!
Chamomile tea for anxiety
Because of its calming effect, chamomile tea can help naturally ease feelings of anxiety. Unlike drinks containing caffeine, which can stimulate your system and make you feel more on-edge, chamomile can help to settle frayed nerves.
It’s thought that the flavonoid, apigenin, is what makes chamomile relaxing. Apigenin binds to receptors in the brain, leading to a mild sedative-like effect. While there are many different forms of anxiety and no one-size-fits-all solution to reduce anxiety or anxious feelings, chamomile tea is something lots of people believe to be helpful.
More benefits of chamomile tea
Aside from smelling delicious, there are lots of reasons to brew a cup of chamomile tea. Some of these are:
- Chamomile tea can help your immune system when you are run down, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. For an extra boost, try adding a little fresh ginger to your cup of chamomile tea!
- The relaxing benefits of chamomile also stretch to the rest of your body — helping to reduce period pain and muscle spasms.
- Chamomile tea also aids in digestion and can help to settle an upset stomach. Make a cup and sip slowly if you’re feeling unwell.
- With both antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, chamomile can help promote healthy skin and soothe itchy skin conditions. Try soaking a cotton ball in some cool chamomile tea and dabbing it on the affected area.
If you enjoy a cup of herbal tea, chamomile definitely packs a punch with antioxidants as well.
That’s why I love chamomile tea!
I love the taste and the smell of chamomile tea, plus I find it really relaxing to have a cup as I’m preparing my body for bed.
Let me know ladies, do you enjoy drinking chamomile tea?
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