I’ve been drinking chamomile tea for years and it can’t be beat for bringing about a feeling of calm after a hectic day. And, as a wordsmith, I find it ironic that the word “calm” is found in “chamomile”, don’t you? Also, as one who loved reading to my children when they were young, maybe you’ll reminisce with me over the quote in Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit where Mother Rabbit, noticing Peter was unwell one evening, “...put him to bed, and made some chamomile tea...“ Drinking this herbal tea certainly does evoke feelings of comfort and well-being.
Recently, I’ve taken a closer look at the beneficial properties of chamomile tea and here’s what I’ve found:
- The herb chamomile is a slow-growing ground cover of the daisy family and the two most common types are German and Roman. These two possess the strongest beneficial compounds such as flavonoids and anti-inflammatories. Because of this, this herbal tea/tisane is one of the most regularly used teas around the world.
- It’s useful for stomach cramps because it is a natural antispasmodic and also anti-inflammatory.
- In general, it is a mild sleep aid if you drink it about thirty minutes before bed. (I have never found it helpful for my sleep but it certainly does promote calm after a busy day.) One reason is that it has been found to raise glycine levels in the body and that in turn, allows muscles to relax.
- Another interesting thing about chamomile tea is that you can use the leftover tea bag (if you’re using tea bags) or leftover tea leaves placed in some cheesecloth, to make a compress for skin irritation, like insect bites.
A caution about chamomile tea: If you are allergic to ragweed, you will want to avoid drinking it as they are in the same family.
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