The first time I tried chamomile tea, I was a little surprised to open the tin and find a bunch of tiny flowers staring back at me. I shouted to Ian from the kitchen asking if he knew that chamomile tea was made from daisies. Apparently, he didn’t know either.
For as long as I can remember I’ve been a troubled sleeper. Even as a child I was restless, and apparently, I was 5 years old before I did my parents the courtesy of giving them a full night’s sleep. Over the years I’ve tried many different things: sleeping with the TV on, relaxation music, leaving the light on, staying up as late as possible, evening meditation and herbal sleeping tablets. When I was diagnosed with an under-active thyroid a few years ago, I found myself sleeping better than I had done in years once my thyroid levels were under control. Unfortunately, it didn’t last and I’ve just come to accept that sleeping through the night is something that happens to other people.
To help aid me in a better night’s sleep, I try to stick to a bedtime routine which includes a cup of chamomile tea and at least half-an-hour with a good book. Although it doesn’t guarantee me a blissful 7 hours sleep, I find a relaxing routine before bed helps me at least wind down a little and relieve some of the stresses of the day.
5 Health Benefits Of Drinking Chamomile Tea
Promotes natural sleep/helps with insomnia: Chamomile tea is known for its sleep-inducing effects, so the ideal time to drink a cup is about 30 minutes before you go to bed. Although I don’t manage to sleep straight through, I like to think the chamomile tea in my bedtime routine helps me to nod off a little easier.
It helps to reduce stress: Chamomile tea includes the natural ingredient Apigenin which is known for helping to relieve anxiety or stress. So instead of searching for another caffeine hit when you feel a bit on edge, brew yourself some daisies instead. Also, try and make it part of your evening routine. It’ll help you wind down from the events of the day.
Anti-inflammatory effects: Chamomile tea has been used for many years as a natural anti-inflammatory. If you suffer from joint pain such as rheumatoid arthritis, chamomile tea may help to relieve some of the symptoms of pain and swelling. Obviously be sensible and don’t discard any medication you might be on, just see it as a welcome accompaniment.
It helps relieve cold symptoms: Along with its anti-inflammatory effects, chamomile tea contains compounds that may help to relieve symptoms of the common cold. To help support your immune system, try drinking up to 5 cups a day to help increase antibacterial activity in your body.
It can help settle an upset stomach: Chamomile tea is also known to help with nausea and discomfort within the digestive system. So, next time you feel a little bit queasy or are struggling with trapped wind, brew yourself a nice cup of daisies.
The two main types are Roman chamomile and German chamomile, and as it’s caffeine free, you can comfortably drink up to 5 cups a day. It’s widely available in supermarkets, coffee shops and of course online. My personal favourite is this one from Tea Pigs. Although, I do need to point out that while there are many benefits to drinking chamomile tea, there are also some possible side effects. If you’re allergic to any plants in the Asteraceae family, chamomile tea could cause issues if you suffer from asthma.
This obviously isn’t an exhaustive list and there are many other benefits that can come from drinking chamomile tea. As always, if you’d like to find out more information, I suggest you head over to your favourite search engine and do your own research.