Chamomile Herbal Tea Benefits – History, Health, & How To Use It
Herbal tea was created and used throughout history to aid ailments of all sorts! From relieving digestion pains, chronic illness, rashes & burns and more, herbs, roots, seeds, fruits, and barks have been praised for their healing abilities.
Due to these incredible & unique attributes each herb holds, Fresh Steeps wants to provide in depth biopsies of individual herbs, roots, seeds, fruits and more!
In this article, we will discuss the chamomile flower! We will dive deep into chamomile herbal tea benefits, history, & how to use it for yourself!
Matricaria chamomilla AKA chamomile, maythen, or whig plant. This flower is an adorable daisy looking plant that has been praised & accepted as a herbal remedy since Ancient Egypt. It was worshiped & dedicated to the Sun god Ra by Egyptians because of its gold-centered disc. It also had the power to cure fevers & chills!
In Ancient Greece, doctors celebrated chamomile as one of the most sacred herbs in the Anglo-Saxons’ collection of herbal medicines.
It was even used as a lawn covering over grass. William Shakespeare was quoted saying, “Though the chamomile, the more it is trodden upon, the faster it grows…”. Adding chamomile to your lawn added a beautiful vibrancy to the landscape & useful for medicines.
On top of being useful in the medicinal & landscape worlds, before refrigeration, chamomile was used as a preservative for meat!
While it is fascinating to discuss the properties of chamomile for lawn care & meat preservation, we want to dive into the healing properties of the flower, specifically in tea form!
Chamomile Health Benefits
Chamomile has been identified & recognized by herbalists as a wonderful addition to their medicine cabinet. For years, chamomile has been most popularized for its calming abilities, especially in infants & children. Let’s jump into the health benefits most common!
- Major Calming Effects: Chamomile contains many incredible compounds that all have incredible functions. One of those is known as apigenin. This binds to receptors in the brain & promotes a calming sense in the mind & body. While there have been many promising studies, more research is needed. It does not hurt to add this yummy herb to your nightly routine! (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
- Anti-Inflammatory: Chamomile has been shown to reduce inflammation & boost antioxidants potential in the body. The mechanism is shown by limiting NO (nitric oxide) production in the body. NO is correlated with inflammatory responses in the body. Since chamomile contains properties to limit this, our body is less inflamed! (2, 3, 6)
- Improves Digestion: This herb famously improves digestion & helps dispel colic, gas, pain, & bloating. While there is limited research & evidence portraying why this occurs, this is a common attribute seen across the board! (2, 3, 5)
- Aids with Blood Sugar Control: Drinking this flower may aid with lowering blood sugar levels. Chamomile does this by suppressing blood sugar levels, increasing liver glycogen storage, & inhibiting sorbitol. Basically, this means that it helps your body react & utilize sugar naturally alongside insulin. (2, 3, 5, 7)
How To Use Nettle Leaf In Your Life
First, a note: Before attempting to cure yourself with any herb or medicine, please consult a licensed physician! Do the research for yourself too. You will always be your best advocate, we are here to simply provide information and help guide!
If you are inspired, you may be asking yourself, “How can I get these chamomile herbal tea benefits for myself?!?” Good thing is there are many tried & true methods!
For topical use, ferment some! Take 3 tablespoons of nettle leaves per pint of water, steep for 4 hours, soak a cotton cloth & apply to the affected area 2 or 3 times a day.
For ingestion, try infusing with tea (Fresh Steep’s clear favorite method)! Take 1 or 2 teaspoons per cup, steep for 5 to 10 minutes, and enjoy 3 times a day!
Finally, you can ingest a tincture, or concentrated alcohol extraction of the herb! Take 30 to 60 drops, 1 to 3 times per day.
Overall, chamomile is an incredible plant that has been used for thousands of years. From preservatives to medicine, this diverse plant hosts many benefits. If you learned something from this post, comment one of your favorite chamomile herbal tea benefits & share with a friend! If you want to try some for yourself, you can find chamomile in the Fresh Steeps “Zen Blend”!
1. Pursell, J. J. The Herbal Apothecary: 100 Medicinal Herbs and How to Use Them. Timber Press, 2016.
2. Groves Maria Noël. Body Into Balance: An Herbal Guide To Holistic Self-Care. Storey Publishing, 2016.
3. Breverton, Terry, and Nicholas Culpeper. Breverton’s Complete Herbal: a Book of Remarkable Plants and Their Uses. Lyons Press, 2012.