For hundreds of years, people have been using chamomile tea for its relaxing properties and delicious flavor. Chamomile has many health benefits, being one of the most documented medicinal plants in the world.
Chamomile has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties being used to treat or improve various health issues, such as wounds, burns, eczemas, skin infections, to reduce anxiety, relieve intestinal discomfort and much more.
Chamomile tea is mainly used as a sleep aid and it can treat insomnia. Its effect is similar to benzodiazepine drugs that are used to help induce sleep and treat anxiety disorders. Drinking a cup of chamomile tea before bedtime will help you fall asleep quicker.
Chamomile tea relaxes the brain and reduces anxiety thanks to its high amounts of flavonoid apigenin. Chamomile can be successfully used as anti-anxiety medication, eliminating the harmful side effects of drugs.
Fill a cup with hot water and steep 2tablespoons of dried chamomile flowers for 10-15 minutes. Cover the cup to keep inside all the essential oils.
The plant has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties making it a perfect cure for wounds and cuts. Mix chamomile with olive oil and apply on the affected area twice a day or you can make a strong chamomile tea infusion, dip a cloth in it and use as a compress.
Chamomile can stimulate the body to produce more digestive juices, and it can also be used to prevent and treat ulcers. If you suffer from excess gas, stomach cramps, irritable bowel syndrome or any other digestive tract discomfort, drink a cup of chamomile tea each morning.
Stronger Immune System
Drinking chamomile tea regularly strengthens your immune system, and you will see that you will suffer from fewer flu episodes, colds or other infections. A study showed that people who drink 5 cups of chamomile tea per day will increase their levels of antibacterial activity.
You can also keep your skin free of oxidants with chamomile. Add 10 drops of lemon juice into one cup of cooled down tea and use it as a facial toner. You can also use the steam of chamomile tea by boiling 2 cups of water with 2 tea bags in it. Place your face in the steam with a towel over your head and sit there for 15-20 minutes.
Diabetes patients struggle with keeping their blood sugar levels under control. A study showed that drinking chamomile tea during the meals can help prevent spikes in blood sugar levels.
If you feel that you eyes are tired, dry and red, you can simply reuse the chamomile teabags after you have prepared the tea. Simply places the teabags on your closed eyes and leave them for 5-10 minutes. It will also make the dark circles under the eyes disappear.
Chamomile contains an amino acid called glycine which relieves muscle and uterine spasms and cramps. Drink 4-5 cups a day of chamomile tea during your period to benefit from its relaxing properties.
Chamomile has so many properties and benefits that it would be a pity not to take advantage of them. Simply drink a cup of tea each day and you will feel much better and improve your health.