In efforts of finding a very natural remedy for calming myself at the end of a full and busy day I discovered that chamomile tea would offer me more than just the ability to relax and unwind at the end of the day. Chamomile tea is a popular tea that is said to have an apple like taste and is consumed and enjoyed solely for its taste, but it does in fact offer many health benefits in addition to tasting good.
Naturally chamomile tea is not caffeinated, one of the reasons that it is so calming, but chamomile itself is a mild muscle relaxant, that can help relieve stress, anxiety and even depression. In addition to being calming though, chamomile tea offers health benefits for helping cure a cough as severe as bronchitis, a fever or inflammation of the skin. One study even suggest that chamomile may act as both an antimicrobial and an antioxidant. In the study for two weeks fourteen healthy people were observed, these volunteers drank five cups of chamomile tea every single day of the two week study. At the in of the two weeks researchers found that by drinking the chamomile tea the volunteer had produced an increase in hippurate, a substance that is associated with increased antibacterial activity and helps fight off common colds.
As mentioned before chamomile tea offers relief for inflammation of the skin, this would include healing bug bites and stings, burns and even help preventing and resolving acne. Chamomile contains essential oils that help sooth irritated skin. For this reason it is a good idea when purchasing cosmetics that contain chamomile to find ones with the highest concentrate of chamomile, small amounts may prove to be useless in their ability to sooth irritated skin. Drinking chamomile tea during the time that you are facing a form of inflammation of the skin can help sooth it.
In moderation chamomile tea can be consumed during pregnancy, while you are breastfeeding and can even be consumed by children, but other forms of chamomile such as concentrated chamomile oil should be avoided when you are pregnant, lactating and you should consult your pediatrician before using it on your child. Babies who use Hyland’s Teething Tablets, actually receive a small amount of chamomile to help relieve their low grade fevers that are associated with teething as well as to help the baby to relax allowing them sleep better.
Having chamomile tea on hand for its taste alone is a good idea, but you will be glad to know that while drinking it you don’t have to have to worry about it keeping you up and that you will actually have many other health benefits from it as well.