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Benefits of Chamomile Tea And Its Side Effects

Chamomile Tea Nutritional Value of Chamomile Tea Health Benefits of Chamomile Tea Uses of Chamomile Tea Side-Effects & Allergies of Chamomile Tea Cultivation of Chamomile Tea
Benefits of Chamomile Tea And Its Side Effects

Chamomile tea has been used over the years for its medicinal and health benefits. Chamomile tea has a sedating effect, as a result of which it has been used over thousands of years as a natural sleep remedy. The anti-inflammatory properties of chamomile tea can help treat menstrual cramps by easing up muscle spasms and contractions. Chamomile tea also works as a digestive aid by treating issues such as irritable bowel syndrome. Studies have proved that drinking chamomile tea is very beneficial in keeping levels of blood sugar low. Additionally, chamomile tea contains flavonoids such as apingen, which are extremely potent anti-cancer compounds, and can help reduce onset of cancer.

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile is an herb that people have used for centuries. Among herbal teas, chamomile tea is an extremely popular brew all over the world. Derived from certain members of the Asteraceae family of plants, the flowers of the chamomile plant can be dried and prepared for many different herbal and natural remedies, as well as its most used form – tea. These plants come in many different forms, so chamomile tea in one part of the world may not be exactly the same as somewhere else, but the fundamental components of the plants should be quite similar and will provide similar effects. Chamomile has two varieties – Roman and German. Most of the chamomile tea produced around the world is prepared from leaves of the German variety.

Nutritional Value of Chamomile Tea

A single cup of brewed chamomile tea contains around 2 calories, and 0.5 grams of carbohydrates. Chamomile tea also has traces of magnesium, calcium, fluoride, potassium, folate and Vitamin A. Chamomile tea is rich in flavonoids which possess anti-oxidant and anti-microbial properties.

Nutritional facts Per 100 Grams

1 kcal Calories
1 mg Sodium
9 mg Potassium

Vitamins and Minerals

0.70 % Vitamin A
2 mg Calcium
0.08 mg Iron
1 mg Magnesium

Health Benefits of Chamomile Tea

Health Benefits of Chamomile Tea
Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Chamomile Tea

Treats insomnia

Chamomile tea is a great natural solution for people suffering from sleeping problems or sleep disorders. Chamomile tea has a soothing and tranquilizing effect, which induces sleep. Regular consumption of chamomile tea can help you sleep well and solve your sleep-related issues.

Treats stomach cramps

Chamomile tea has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help ease menstrual and other stomach-related cramps. The tea relaxes of the muscles of the uterus, thus providing relief from the pain. It works by increasing glycine levels in the body, which helps reduce the intensity of muscle spasms.

Provides relief from digestive issues

Chamomile tea has been used for many years to treat digestive issues such as irritable bowel syndrome. IBS is one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders, and chamomile tea helps treat this condition. Chamomile lessens cramping in the inner lining of the stomach, thus helping release unnecessary gas and bloating in the digestive tract. Drinking chamomile tea on a regular basis can help prevent digestive problems in the long run.

Has cardiovascular benefits

Chamomile tea is rich in antioxidants, and has anti-inflammatory properties as well, which can prove very beneficial in keeping the heart strong and functioning in a healthy manner. Chamomile tea contains flavonoids which have been proven to help reduce risks of coronary artery diseases and heart attacks.

Helps control blood sugar levels

Studies have proved that drinking chamomile tea is very beneficial in keeping levels of blood sugar low. This is particularly important for people who suffer from diabetes, as they have a great need to meticulously maintain their blood sugar levels adequately. By helping to regulate the glucose and insulin levels in the body, chamomile tea can prevent the spikes and drops that can be so dangerous for those who struggle with diabetes.

Treats anxiety

Chamomile has been used since ancient times to help in treating anxiety. Chamomile has a soothing and calming effect on the body, which can help soothe frazzled nerves and thus reduce anxiety. Drinking chamomile tea on a daily basis can drastically reduce anxiety

Improves skin health

Chamomile is loaded with beneficial antioxidants that help fight free radicals. This makes it useful in the prevention of bacteria that causes acne, thus improving overall skin health. Also, if consumed on a daily basis, chamomile tea helps nourishes and moisturizes your skin from deep within. Chamomile tea can also be used in homemade beauty recipes to improve and maintain skin health.

Treats wounds and infections

Chamomile can not only be used as a herbal infusion, but it can also be used topically for treating wounds on the skin. Rubbing a small amount of chamomile tea on scrapes and burns can help heal them faster.

Reduces risk of thyroid and breast cancer

Chamomile tea contains flavonoids such as apingen, which are extremely potent anti-cancer compounds. Research has shown that people who drink chamomile tea on a daily basis are at a lesser risk of developing cancer. Regular consumption of chamomile tea can also shrink cancerous tumors, as well as prohibit the onset of diseases such as thyroid.

Boosts immune system

If you suffer from frequent colds and coughs, chamomile tea should be your go-to solution. Chamomile tea has marked antibacterial properties, which help strengthen the immune system and keep it functioning properly. Regular consumption of chamomile tea can reduce your chances of catching colds and coughs.

Uses of Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea has been praised over the years not only for its pleasant taste and fragrance, but also for its abundance of health benefits as well. Chamomile tea is packed with antioxidants and other flavonoids, which have a huge host of positive effects on the human body. While chamomile tea is most commonly consumed as a beverage, the liquid can also be topically applied in certain cases for a relief from various skin issues. To treat skin issues such as psoriasis and eczema, chamomile is generally used in a bath or an infusion, or as a tincture. Chamomile is widely used in skin ointments and creams.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea does not generally have any side effects, but the pollen found in other preparations of chamomile can cause allergic reactions in certain people. Drinking chamomile tea in moderate amounts is good for health, but consumption in large doses can cause side effects such as omitting and nausea, especially if the tea contains high concentrations of chamomile. Other side effects that chamomile tea could cause include swelling of the throat, shortness of breath, skin rashes and anaphylaxis. Asthmatics also should not ingest chamomile tea, as it has the potential to worsen symptoms of asthma.

Cultivation of Chamomile Tea

The name Chamomile comes from the Greek word meaning 'ground apple'. Its history dates back at least to ancient Egypt, where Chamomile tea was prescribed as a cold remedy. The Romans enjoyed it as a beverage, as well as an incense. The chamomile plant was brought to England by an English botanist, and today, England is one of the primary producers of chamomile tea. Like most herbs, chamomile grows best when it is not fussed over. Too much fertilizer will result in lots of weakly flavored foliage and few flowers. Chamomile is drought tolerant and only needs to be watered in times of prolonged drought. For the most part, chamomile is not affected by many pests. It is often recommended as a companion plant to plant in the vegetable garden as its strong scent often keeps pests away.

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