10 Forgotten Health Benefits of Chamomile Tea

Have an obsession with tea? Well, you’re not the only one! Trust me. Drinking tea or anything caffeinated has become a huge part of people’s lives and cultures. Whether it’s going out for a meal or visiting a friend to gossip over the latest trends, drinking tea is a must.

Over the years, various types of tea have been introduced. From the color to the flavor which keeps changing, due to our tastes! Hold on a second, we often find ourselves ordering cup after cup of tea but never even bother considering the benefits of drinking this wonderful, warm gold-like liquid. Well, then let’s talk about it. In particular the benefits of chamomile tea.

benefits of chamomile tea

Chamomile tea is made from the dried out leaves and flowers of the daisy-like plants. This flower belongs to the Asteraceae family. The herbs that are produced by this plant are used for medicinal and healing purposes. This plant is native to Asia, Europe, North America, and Australia. It has been used as traditional medicine to treat all sorts of conditions such as indigestion, insomnia, anxiety, hemorrhoids and various types of skin conditions. Over the years, many studies have been done, however, researchers have still not uncovered all the wonders of chamomile tea. Therefore, there is a lack of evidence that can support the benefits of consuming chamomile tea.

Although, let’s not forget drinking Chamomile tea does have its benefits and there is ample evidence to back it up. Let’s check out the benefits of drinking chamomile tea.

  1. Reduces Menstrual Pain and Muscle Spasms
  2. Prevent Osteoporosis
  3. Reduces Inflammation
  4. Treats Diabetes Mellitus & Lowers Blood Sugar
  5. Induces Sleep & Promotes Relaxation
  6. Boosts Immune System
  7. Treatment of Cold Symptoms
  8. Anti-Cancer Properties
  9. Great for Skin Care
  10. Helps in Weight Loss
  • Reduces Menstrual Pain and Muscle Spasms

Several studies have concluded that chamomile tea can relieve menstrual pain and reduce muscle cramps, due to its anti-inflammatory properties. The tea is said to reduce the severity of menstrual pain in women. It can be used as a substitute for antispasmodic drugs. The organic chemicals present in the tea can help relax the uterus muscles and also significantly reduce the release of prostaglandin (a hormone associated to induce pain, produced by the uterus during the menstruation).

  • Prevents Osteoporosis

health benefits of chamomile teaOsteoporosis is a condition that mainly affects the bones. It is a disease that causes the bones to weaken in turn increases the risk of breakage. It commonly affects the bone of the forearms,  the hips and the vertebrae of the spine. This condition is most common amongst elders, malnutrition patients, and post-menopausal females. Daily consumption (1 to 2 cups) of chamomile tea is said to slow down the formation of pores in bones, ultimately preventing the loss of bone density. It does this by stimulating the activity of cells that help build bones, these cells are known as osteoblasts. Hence, it decreases the progress of osteoporosis. 

  • Reduces Inflammation

Due to its anti-inflammatory nature, chamomile tea contains certain chemical components that are strongly effective against stomach and intestinal pains. Intake of chamomile tea helps lessen the pain however, if the inflammation is long-term, then its best to contact your doctor immediately. 

  • Treats Diabetes Mellitus & Lowers Blood Sugar

Chamomile tea has proven to help lower sugar levels. It is greatly beneficial to diabetic patients, as it helps regulate the insulin level in the blood. Research conducted on rats, where a consistent amount of chamomile tea was provided to them; its results proved that chamomile can help maintain sugar levels. The powerful chemicals prevent massive spikes in sugar levels. Therefore, drinking chamomile tea can treat diabetes but it’s advised to not use it as a substitute to prescribed diabetic drugs. 

  • Induces Sleep & Promotes Relaxation

Onz of the benefits of drinking chamomile tea is that it contains certain chemical properties that help ease the nervous system leading to a decrease in stress and anxiety levels. Due to its ability to help people relax, it’s often taken before sleeping. Because chamomile tea reduces anxiety and it promotes sleep. This allows individuals who struggle with sleep, especially those who have insomnia. Plus, compared to other beverages chamomile tea is said to contain less caffeine. 

  • Boosts Immune System

Drinking a warm cup of chamomile tea daily can strengthen your immune system. They contain phenolic compounds which increase the effectiveness against infections and various types of microbes.  

  • Treatment of Cold Symptoms

One of the other benefits of drinking chamomile tea is that it helps reduce cold symptoms, due its ability to boost the immune system as mentioned above. It has been proven to relieve some of the symptoms of cold. You could either drink or inhale the steam of chamomile tea which helps ease sore throat, nasal congestion, and a runny nose. The phenolic compounds contribute in fighting against flu, cold, and sinus issues. 

  • Anti-Cancer Properties

Many research and studies have suggested that chamomile tea can help prevent the development of cancerous cells. One study conducted by a university in Cleveland, Ohio, stated that chamomile has a high concentration of antioxidant apigenin. This compound helps fight against cancer cells. Indicating that it has the potency to prevent breast, skin, prostate, digestive tract and uterus cancer. It’s been suggested that drinking chamomile tea daily can also help prevent the development of thyroid cancer. 

Another study showed that chamomile tea inhibits the development of cancerous cells from stage I, by targeting cancer cells. However, experts say that there is still much work to be done and this evidence is mostly based on clinical trials conducted on animals and not humans. 

  • Great for Skin Care

Applying chamomile tea on the face can be highly effective and beneficial to the skin. It’s great in promoting healing and helps treat wounds or cuts on the skin. Due to its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, it improves skin healing from skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Another contribution of chamomile tea is that it lightens the skin. Because it is high in antioxidants, it can act as a natural bleach for the skin.   Since chamomile tea has natural anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, this helps protect the skin from regular acne breakouts, blemishes and acne scars.

benefits of drinking chamomile tea

Another peculiar quality of chamomile tea antioxidants is that it promotes cell and tissue regeneration and protects the skin from free radicals which could lead to wrinkles. It tightens the pores and acts as an anti-aging product. 

  •  Helps in Weight Loss

Chamomile tea is great for weight loss since it’s a natural appetite suppressant. It increases the level of serotonin (a hormone that regulates your sleep, appetite and mood). Therefore it tricks your brain into not feeling hungry, by making you feel full. 

More importantly chamomile tea has a high content of calcium, flavonoids and potassium ions that helps remove all the wasteful toxic materials and free radicals from the body. This not only helps in weight loss but helps in reducing abdominal bloating. Proving it to be a great detox liquid. Hence, it’s best to have a cup of chamomile tea before a meal. 

We have gone over all the benefits of drinking chamomile tea however, let’s not forget chamomile tea is no magical drink. Therefore, it’s advised to not use it every time you may have a health issue. It is a helpful drink that may help you maintain a healthy lifestyle but remember to not take it as a substitute for medically prescribed medicines. And if you are experiencing severe allergic reactions then its best to avoid taking chamomile tea. Do remember to always consult your doctor before taking chamomile tea in high quantities.

Keeping all this aside, if your doctor has given you the “green light” then feel free to drink the magical golden drink. Take Auraat’s advice, stay safe, stay healthy and have some chamomile tea.

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