Chamomile tea has many benefits such as helping in bad digestion, calming and reducing anxiety. This tea can be prepared using the dried flowers of the plant or the tea bags that you can buy at the supermarket.
Chamomile tea can be prepared only with this medicinal plant or with a combination of plants such as fennel and mint. The scientific name of chamomile is Matricaria recutita, also commonly known as vulgar chamomile.
Benefits and Properties of Chamomile Tea
The main benefits of Chamomile tea include:
- Decreases hyperactivity;
- Helps to soothe and relax;
- Relieves stress;
- Helps in the treatment of anxiety;
- Helps in treating stomach problems, controlling poor digestion and treating ulcers in the stomach;
- Helps relieve motion sickness;
- Relieves menstrual cramps;
- Helps in the treatment of wounds and inflammations;
- Soothes and removes impurities from the skin.
Chamomile tea is the most common way to use this plant, and can also be combined with honey, fennel or peppermint, letting you take advantage of the different benefits.
Chamomile Tea Recipes
Chamomile tea can be prepared using only dried chamomile flowers or blends made using other teas, according to the desired taste and benefits.
1. Tea to soothe and relax
Dry chamomile tea has relaxing and slightly sedative properties that help treat insomnia, relaxes, treats anxiety and nervousness. In addition, this tea can also help reduce cramps and spasms during menstruation.
- 2 teaspoons of dried chamomile flowers;
- 1 cup of water.
In 250 ml of boiling water add the 2 teaspoons of the dried chamomile flowers. Cover, let sit for about 10 minutes and then strain before drinking. This tea should be drunk 3 times a day, and if necessary can be sweetened with a teaspoon of honey.
In addition, to increase the relaxing and sedative effect of this tea, you can be add a teaspoon of dry cat's claw herb. If recommended by a pediatrician this tea can be used in infants and children to reduce fever, anxiety and nervousness.
2. Tea for treating bad digestion and fighting flatulency
Chamomile tea with fennel and althea root reduces inflammation and calms the stomach, also helping to reduce flatulency, the stomach's acidity and regulate the intestine.
- 1 teaspoon dried chamomile;
- 1 teaspoon of Fennel seeds;
- 1 teaspoon of achillea;
- 1 teaspoon chopped althea root;
- 1 teaspoon of meadowsweet;
- 500 ml of boiling water.
Add the mixture to 500 ml of boiling water and cover. Let sit for about 5 minutes and strain before drinking. This tea should be drunk 2 to 3 times a day or whenever it is needed.
3. Chamomile tea to refresh tired and swollen eyes
Dried Chamomile tea with crushed fennel seeds and dried elderflower when applied to the eyes helps to refresh and reduce its swelling.
- 1 tablespoon dried chamomile;
- 1 tablespoon crushed fennel seeds;
- 1 tablespoon dried elderflower;
- 500 mL of boiling water.
Add the mixture to 500 ml of boiling water and cover. Let sit for about 10 minutes, strain and place in the fridge.
This tea should be applied to the eyes using a moistened flannel. Apply over your eyes closed for 10 minutes or whenever necessary. In addition, this tea can also be used to help treat vaginal infections, to calm and reduce skin inflammation, specially in cases of irritation, eczema or insect stings or can be used to treat psoriasis.
4. Chamomile tea to calm sore throat
Dry chamomile tea can also be used to help soothe sore and inflamed throat pain due to its proprieties that reduce inflammation.
- 1 teaspoon dried chamomile flowers;
- 1 cup boiling water.
Add the Chamomile to a cup with boiling water and let sit until it cools. This tea should be used to gargle the throat, and can be used whenever necessary. It can also be used for healing gingivitis and stomatitis.
5. Tea to calm nausea
Dry chamomile tea with raspberry or peppermint helps relieve nausea.
- 1 teaspoon dried chamomile;
- 1 teaspoon dried leaves of Peppermint or Raspberry;
- 1 cup boiling water.
Add the mixture to a cup of tea with boiling water. Cover, let it rest for about 10 minutes and strain before drinking. This tea can be drunk 3 times a day or as needed, however during pregnancy you should ensure that you are taking chamomile tea (matricaria recutita) because this plant can be used safely during pregnancy, while the type of Chamomile-Roman (Chamaemelum nobile) should not be consumed during pregnancy because it can cause uterine contractions.
6. Tea to relieve flu and cold symptoms
Dry chamomile tea helps to relieve symptoms of sinusitis, inflammation in the nose, colds and the flu, due to its properties that reduce inflammation.
- 6 teaspoons of Chamomile flowers;
- 2 liters of boiling water.
Add the dried flowers to 1 to 2 liters of boiling water, cover and let sit for about 5 minutes.
The steamed tea should be inhaled deeply for about 10 minutes and for a better result you should put your face on the cup and cover your head with a large towel.
Chamomile can also be used in other forms and not just tea, such as in the form of cream or ointment, essential oil, lotion or tincture. When used as a cream or ointment Chamomile is a great choice for treating skin problems, such as psoriasis, helping to cleanse the skin and reduce inflammation.