Have you ever observed these daisy-like tiny flowers with yellow centers and white petals….as if you are looking at a miniature Daisy. These wonderful flowers are Chamomile Flowers and believe me they are just not pretty but also filled with loads and loads of health benefits. So, let's start today's topic Benefits of Chamomile Tea.
What is Chamomile ?
Chamomile flowers belong to Asteraceae family. In India we call this plant Babuna. Chamomile Flower is known to be native to Europe, Africa, Asia, and is now also grown in North America. Chamomile has been used for medicinal purpose for thousands of years and was known by ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian cultures. Now it is grown extensively in India also due to its huge demand for making Chamomile Oil, Chamomile Tea and Tea infusions.
Why Chamomile Tea is preferred choice worldwide ?
Chamomile flower is an ancient herb used for medicinal purposes since centuries. Chamomile flower has gained its importance as Sleep inducer, anxiety and reliever due to increasing stress and anxiety disorders worldwide courtesy to stressful lifestyles and increasing work pressures. Having tea with Chamomile helps to calm down the anxiety and stress helping in having good sleep. Chamomile is has been used to treat various health ailments, especially stomach ailments and insomnia. Chamomile Flower has been used in Ayurveda and Homoeopathy to treat various health conditions. Dried flowers of this herb is rich source of flavonoids and terpenoids which imparts this herb with extensive medicinal properties. Let’s start the benefits to take from Chamomile Tea.
Health benefits of Chamomile Tea
Caffeine Free Tea and infusions are gaining popularity worldwide as these teas not only have good taste and are caffeine free but these tea are also very rich source antioxidants. Having Caffeine Free herbal tea and Infusions help your body counter oxidative stress caused by excess free radicals and other toxins that increase your disease risk. Having chamomile in Tea provides you tons of antioxidants which help you to detox your Body.
In addition to this Chamomile herbal tea and Infusions is known to help in :
1. Helps Improve Sleep Quality
2. Helps improve Digestion
Having Chamomile Tea and infusions helps in improving Digestion which can help you counter many stomach or indigestion related diseases and increase overall health.
3. Helps Manage Blood Sugar Levels
Chamomile Tea helps aid in lowering blood sugar levels. The anti-inflammatory properties of chamomile helps prevent damage to the pancreatic cells, which might occur when blood sugar levels are chronically elevated (1Trusted Source) due to insulin deficiency. Health of your pancreas directly effects blood Sugar levels, as it produces insulin, the hormone which is responsible for removing sugar from blood (1Trusted Source).
One of the studies in 64 diabetic people has indicated significant lowering in average blood sugar levels after regular consumption of chamomile Herbal tea or Tea infusion for eight weeks in comparison to those who just consumed water (12Trusted Source).
4. May Improve Heart Health
Chamomile tea is an abundant source of flavones, a class of antioxidants which have potential to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Both High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol Levels are indicators of increasing risk of heart disease risk (17Trusted Source, 18Trusted Source).
One study indicates that patients who drank Chamomile tea or chamomile tea blends with Butterfly Pea with meals had substantial improvements in their overall cholesterol, triglycerides & “bad” LDL cholesterol levels, in comparison to those patients who drank just plain water (12Trusted Source).
5. Slowing or preventing Osteoporosis
Progressive loss of bone density is main symptom of Osteoporosis. Due to this excessive loss of Bone Density risk of broken bones becomes very high and may also lead to postural problems. Although anyone can develop osteoporosis, this disease is most common among post-menopausal women due to effect or change in Estrogen levels during menopause. Some studies have indicated that chamomile tea might have anti-estrogenic effects (2004 study ). Chamomile Tea also helps to promote bone density, but further research is needed to prove this apparent benefit.
6. Helping Reducing inflammation
Whenever our body is fighting any infection Inflammation can be one of many indications. Chamomile tea contains chemical compounds which may help reduce inflammation. This property of chamomile Tea of reducing inflammation can also help in many other respiratory ailments like asthma as inflammation makes respiratory airways more sensitive asthmatic triggers that can cause asthma attacks. Because of this, anti-inflammatory property of chamomile can help reduce asthma attacks after regular use.
7. Helps with digestion
Chamomile tea if consumed after a rich meal can help to aid in digestion & soothe stomach troubles. Chamomile has been shown to reduce symptoms of acid reflux, reduce bloating & gas, and also contribute to overall gastrointestinal health. Reduction in acid reflux shall also help in uninterrupted sleep as many times sound sleep can be severely disrupted due to acute acid reflux in night.
Although Chamomile Tea is known for many more health benefits, we will discuss on other potential benefits of Chamomile Tea in my next blog on chamomile Tea. Chamomile Tea can also be enjoyed with many other blends like Lavender, Lemon Grass and butterfly Pea.
8. Chamomile Benefits for Skin
Drinking daily Chamomile tea can enhance your skin’s health from the inside out with its soothing anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It can helps you in brightening the complexion, minimizing acne breakouts, and removing dark spots.
Does Taste of Herbal Tea Matter ?
Certainly taste matters a lot if you are looking for a long term habit to have Detox Tea or Healthy tea. Most of Tea enthusiast do not relish the acrid or slightly bitter taste of Green Tea which they have for Detox of Weight loss. Also as Green Tea contain Caffeine, it is certainly towards unhealthy habits. On the other hand Chamomile Tea has a very tasty Sweet Flowery taste which ensures that you enjoy excellent taste of chamomile tea but also get many health benefits offered by Chamomile tea.
Here are some Divine Leaves amazing Chamomile Tea Blends. You will definitely love them: