THE 15 FORGOTTEN HEALTH BENEFITS OF CHAMOMILE TEA
Chamomile Tea Benefits for Health
Note: Although all the benefits of chamomile tea listed in the following article have been scientifically tested by third parties, The Tea Company has not verified the validity of such studies and researches. Therefore, we can only share the information but we cannot offer any type of warranty as to the effictiveness of chamomile tea for any medical use. We can guarantee you, however, that we love drinking chamomile tea!
Modern scientists from around the globe have confirmed through various studies and research the health benefits of chamomile. Chamomile tea contains chrysin, a flavonoid known for its incredible benefits for human health, and has outstanding properties as antioxydant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antipeptic, mild astringent, natural sedative an much more.
Chamomile Tea in History
Its medicinal use dates back to the times of the ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Romans, who would prepare it in the form of an infusion, hence the name “tea”, although it does not contain the camellia sinensis tea leaves. For this reason chamomile as a beverage is also referred to as a tisane, in the same ranks as rooibos and yerba mate.
We have put together a number of ways in which chamomile tea was used by the ancients to treat various diseases and illnesses such as ulcers, irritation, wounds, burns, eczema, gout, bruising, mouth ulcers, canker sores, rheumatism, neuralgia, hemorrhoids and more.
As one can imagine, at the time, one could not get the conveniently packaged chamomile tea bags at the supermarket. The chamomile tea then was made with fresh chamomile flowers. The benefits listed in the current article apply to fresh, loose chamomile flowers not so to the classic chamomile tea packed in the tea bags available at your local supermarket, since they are nowhere as fresh, have gone through intense processing and may contain chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides and other harmful chemicals.
Chamomile Tea and Diabetes
Some studies have shown that drinking chamomile tea with meals contributes to the prevention of the progress of diabetic complications and hyperglycaemia.Back to top
Chamomile Tea and Infections
Chamomile tea, given its antibacterial properties, can help in the prevention and treatment of colds and protection against diseases and infection caused by bacteria. Chamomile flowers and leaves have been shown to increase hippurate levels in urine. Hippurate is a result of the decomposition of phenolic antioxidant compounds, which are in some cases related to antibacterial activity. This could be why chamomile tea has long been associated with improving the immune system and the ability to help fight infections. Back to top
Chamomile Tea and Oral Health
Given its antibacterial properties, chamomile can also be used as a mouthwash or gargle to relieve mouth and gum infections. Back to top
Chamomile Tea and Women
A study showed increased levels of glycine in urine after drinking chamomile tea. Glycine is a compound that calms muscle spasms. Scientists believe this is why chamomile tea may provide an effective relief for menstrual cramps as well. Back to top
Chamomile Tea and Men’s Health
Chamomile contains an anticoagulant compound called coumarin, known for its proven blood-thinning properties. This is good news for men, since a healthy circulatory system means a good supply of blood to the sexual organs, which is a key factor in prompt and lasting erections. For this reason, chamomile can be considered to help male libido and in certain cases, act as an aphrodisiac. Back to top
Chamomile Tea and Inflammation
A compound called Bisabolol found in chamomile has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Studies showed a reduced inflammation, fever and induced arthritis in test subjects. Apigenin also demonstrated anti-inflammatory properties. Back to top
Chamomile Tea and Digestion
Chamomile tea is an exceptional drink to help soothe a stomachache. While it helps soothe the intestines, chamomile can promote better digestion, even those who suffer from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). The extracts of chamomile flowers reduce the secretion of gastric acid, which can help fix an aching stomach.
In addition, chamomile has been assessed as a digestive relaxant and has been used to treat various gastrointestinal disorders including flatulence, indigestion, diarrhea, anorexia, motion sickness, nausea and vomiting.
In recent studies, chamomile flowers were found to inhibit stomach ulcers caused by stresses like alcohol. Furthermore, the time for healing ulcers induced by heat or chemical stress were also reduced. Back to top
Chamomile Tea and Wounds
Cuts and wounds -Chamomile tea was used by the ancients to treat wounds, eczema, ulcers, bruises, skin irritations, cuts and burns to speed healing. A recent study showed that rats that were given chamomile tea was faster than the poor stuck to drink plain water rats healing. The study showed superior results in burns. These results are explained by the chamomile antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Back to top
Chamomile Tea and Insomnia
Promotes sleep -drink chamomile tea calms the nervous system, so that you can sleep better. It has been used as a solution for insomnia for centuries, as chamomile contains glycine, which is a natural tranquilizer. Back to top
Chamomile Tea and Hemorrhoids
Applied locally, a chamomile ointment can help relieve hemorrhoids. Back to top
Chamomile Tea and Cancer
With its powerful antioxidant properties, chamomile tea is very likely to help reduce cancerous cells, although researchers are still studying how exactly chamomile reverses abnormal cell growth. Among the flavonoids found in chamomile, apigenin is the most promising in terms of pharmaceutical benefits. Back to top
Chamomile Tea and the Gastrointestinal Tract
Chamomile has also been shown to be help in preventing inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, a common side effect of cancer treatment. Back to top
Chamomile Tea and Skin
With its anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties, chamomile helps to take care of skin irritations such as eczema, acne, and allergies. Chamomile is especially good for sensitive skin and helps heal scratches and treat wounds, where it has been shown to promote faster healing than corticosteroids. It may also be useful in the treatment of eczema where it was found to be as effective as hydrocortisone. Back to top
Chamomile Tea and Candida Albicans
Several flavonoids in chamomile have anti-fungal properties, including against Candida albicans. Back to top
Chamomile Tea and Drugs
The chamomile plant has no known adverse effect (except in case of allergies). It does not interfere with drugs and may be used safely with children.
If you have already tried a chamomile tea made with fresh loose flowers, you already know it tastes delicious, with its floral notes reminiscent of honey and apples. Who said medicine had horrible taste to be effective? Back to top