The Health Benefits of Chamomile Tea
Many people swear by the power of a hot mug of chamomile tea to help them feel better — but does it really work? Read on for a break-down on all the health benefits of drinking chamomile tea.
What is chamomile tea?
Chamomile is the name of the plant producing small flowers like daisies, which can then be dried and steeped in hot water to make tea. The most common type used for brewing tea is Matricaria chamomilla, otherwise known as German chamomile.
Why do people drink chamomile tea?
Chamomile, along with other herbal teas, have a reputation for being a useful aid for sleep and general relaxation. People therefore drink chamomile often in the evenings to get ready to sleep. Research has shown promising evidence of camomile being a legitimate sleep aid due to the presence of apigenin, a phytonutrient compound with natural sedative properties.
What are the benefits of chamomile tea?
Chamomile tea is also thought to:
- Help mental health. Chamomile may help ease anxiety, according to limited research (more research is needed to investigate further) — and there has also been a study showing chamomile may help women struggling with postpartum depression.
- May help your digestive health, as chamomile contains anti-inflammatory properties.
- May help regulate blood sugar levels, according to a study — meaning it could be particularly helpful for anyone with diabetes.
Got any other questions about your favourite herbal teas? Let us know below.
By Toni Olukiran
Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.