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The 7 Benefits of Drinking Chamomile Tea

Chamomile has been used as a medicinal herb for centuries. Whether used as a traditional or holistic approach, chamomile promotes health nonetheless. Brew up a cup of chamomile tea for these seven benefits!


What is Chamomile Tea?

Commonly known in its two forms – German Chamomile and Roman Chamomile – this herbed tea is prepared from daisy-like plants and flowers. Though the association between human health and herbal plants and teas dates back thousands of years ago, chamomile is one of the oldest to date. Well documentation has shown its use in a wide variety of therapies and human ailments thanks to its health properties, including numerous flavonoids. Though flavonoids provide plants with unique colors, they are also powerful antioxidants with well-documented health benefits.

Chamomile Tea Benefits

1. Digestion

Sipping on chamomile has been praised for its use in digestive complications. The herbed tea may improve gas, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, as well as motion sickness. Anti-inflammatory characteristics have further demonstrated the effectiveness of chamomile and gastrointestinal inflammatory disorders, including diverticular disease and inflammatory disease.

2. Cardiovascular Risk

Sound research describing chamomile's effects on cardiovascular conditions is unclear. However, there have been strong suggestions tying positive effects of flavonoids with coronary artery disease and heart attacks.

3. Blood Sugar Regulation

In type 2 diabetic patients, drinking chamomile tea may not only benefit glycemic control, but further control serum lipid profiles. And when consumed with meals, chamomile tea has been shown to prevent hyperglycemia, also known as high blood sugars.

4. Sleep Quality

Also nicknamed the "sleep tea," the warmth and mild flavor can help sooth and relax the body. Additionally, research has shown postpartum women benefit from drinking herbal teas, as sleep quality and depressive symptoms can improve with both German chamomile tea and lavender tea.

5. Nerves and Anxiety

Stemming back to the soothing and relaxing effects of chamomile, those properties have been suggested to decrease feelings of anxiety. And though a previous folklore, concrete evidence supports that chamomile can calm nerves and reduce anxiety. Individuals suffering anxiety demonstrated not only reduced symptoms, but improvements in overall well-being.

6. Eczema

Eczema is a general term describing rash-like, inflammatory conditions of the skin. The topical use of chamomile has been shown to be effective in managing eczema and reducing associated side effects and symptoms. Chamomile has also been used for treating poison ivy and further skin conditions and irritations.

7. Longevity

Though the above reasons to fill up your favorite mug with chamomile tea are compelling, this one might be the greatest of all. Research has shown chamomile tea drinkers may actually live longer than those who don't - explicitly in Mexican-American women over the age of 65. Although the data has been restricted to that specific group at this moment in time, further research is warranted and may shine the light on chamomile's longevity effects on broader populations.


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Written By Christy Zagarella, MS, RDN. Published on September 01, 2016. Updated on September 01, 2016.


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