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12 Chamomile Tea Health Benefits

Chamomile infused teas and gifted many health benefits to its users centuries ago. But what is chamomile tea good for? Find out the health benefits of chamomile tea here!

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Chamomile dates back centuries ago, in which the plant infused teas and gifted many health benefits to its users.

But what is chamomile tea good for? Find out the health benefits of chamomile tea here!

What Is Chamomile Tea?

Commonly known in its two forms, German and Roman Chamomiles – this herbal tea is prepared from daisy-like plants and flowers.

The association between human health and herbal plants and teas dates back thousands of years ago. But chamomile is one of the oldest to date.

What’s more, a large body of research shows its use in a wide variety of therapies and human ailments. The benefits stem from various health properties, including numerous flavonoids.

Flavonoids provide plants with unique colors. But they are also powerful antioxidants with well-documented health benefits. The plant offers antimicrobial properties that help protect the immune system. It is naturally caffeine-free, too.

12 Chamomile Tea Benefits

From promoting digestion to regulating blood sugars, find out the benefits of this celebrated herbal remedy.

1. Chamomile tea promotes digestive health.

Sipping on chamomile has been praised for its use in digestive complications. The herbed tea may improve gas, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and heartburn. It may be useful for managing motion sickness as well.

Its anti-inflammatory properties may improve gastrointestinal inflammatory disorders, including diverticular disease and inflammatory bowel disease. It may be useful for managing irritable bowel syndrome, too.

2. The tea may reduce heart disease risk.

The flavonoids may offer a positive impact on coronary artery disease and heart attacks. And according to the American Heart Association (AHA), tea drinking is linked to better heart health.

Researchers found drinking one to three cups of tea daily produced favorable coronary calcium scores. They further noted as tea consumption increases, the lower the incidence of major heart-related events.

3. Chamomile tea can help regulate blood sugars.

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, the tea has been shown to prevent hyperglycemia, also known as high blood sugars.

4. Drinking chamomile shows to improve sleep quality.

One of the most recognized benefits of drinking chamomile tea relates to sleep. And nicknamed the "sleep tea," the warmth and mild flavor can help soothe the body and individuals fall asleep.

Additionally, research has shown postpartum women benefit from drinking herbal teas. Research in the Journal of Advanced Nursing suggests it may alleviate depression and sleep quality problems.

5. The tea and extract can alleviate stress and anxiety.

Stemming back to the soothing and relaxing effects of chamomile, those properties have been suggested to decrease feelings of anxiety. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology proves this, too.

The study was the first of its kind to examine chamomile extract for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Compared with placebo, chamomile showed a greater reduction in mean Hamilton Anxiety Rating (HAM-A) scores. More specifically, patients demonstrated a 50 percent reduction or more in baseline HAM-A scores.

6. The herbal remedy shows to benefit certain skin conditions.

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.

The plant has also been used for treating poison ivy and other skin irritations, including sunburn, rashes, sores, and eye inflammations.

7. Chamomile may protect against cancer and improve quality of life in those diagnosed with it.

The tea shows to have inhibitory growth effects on cancer cells. Specific types of cancers explored include skin, prostate, breast, and ovarian cancers.

In addition to massage and other herbs, chamomile may improve quality of life in cancer patients. The aromatherapy massage showed to exert positive effects on anxiety and self-esteem.

8. Drinking the tea may relieve menstrual cramps.

There is research suggesting that chamomile may offer relief of primary dysmenorrhea. This is the medical term defining menstrual cramps.

In the study, 80 participants were divided into two groups, in which one drank two cups of chamomile tea daily. They specifically did see one week prior to menstruation and first five days of their menstruation cycle for a 3-month period.

After a month of tea drinking, the study group had less menstrual pain, distress, and anxiety compared to those in the control.

9. The extract may improve bone health.

General recommendations to improve bone health often include adequate calcium, vitamin D, and weight-bearing exercises. However, chamomile may also be of benefit.

Chamomile extract was shown to stimulate osteoblastic cell differentiation. This is simply a process in which cells turn into mature bone cells.

10. Chamomile tea may add on precious years of life.

Though the above reasons to sip on chamomile tea are compelling, this one might be the greatest of all. Chamomile tea drinkers may live longer than those who do not, particularly in Mexican-American women over the age of 65.

The data is restricted to that specific group at this time. However, more research is warranted to shine a light on longevity effects on broader populations.

11. The plant may be useful for other health conditions, too.

But the list of health benefits of chamomile tea does not stop there. There is additional research suggesting it may be useful for treating other health conditions, including:

• Common colds

• Sore throats

• Bruises and wounds

• Stomach and mouth ulcers

• Gout, a type of arthritis

• Colicky babies

• Mastitis, a painful infection of breast tissue

• Canker sores

• Hemorrhoids

• Neuralgia, pain originating from nerves

• Back pain, including that related to sciatica

• Bedsores

12. The herbal remedy is mostly considered to be safe.

With such a wide variety of health benefits, rest easy knowing chamomile is mostly proven to be safe.

However, according to WebMD, there is no standard dose of chamomile. Studies have used between 220 milligrams to 1,600 milligrams daily in capsule form. Most people, though, consume chamomile in tea form, ranging from a cup to four daily.

While very rare, chamomile may cause allergic reactions in individuals sensitive to plants of the daisy family. It may also interact with some medicines, supplements, and other herbal remedies.

Check with a doctor for safe dosing recommendations and use, especially if pregnant, lactating, or managing a health condition.

References:
Srivastava J, Shankar E, Gupta S. Chamomile: A herbal medicine of the past with bright future. (Review). Molecular Medicine Reports, 3, 895-901. 

Kato A, Minoshima Y, Yamamoto J, et al. Positive Effects of Dietary Chamomile Tea on Dietary Complications. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 

Written By Christy Zagarella, MS, RDN. Published on September 01, 2016. Updated on September 21, 2019.

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