Chamomile is a flower cum herb that people have been using for centuries. It can be grown as a potted plant or in gardens Herbal teas made from chamomile flowers is an extremely popular brew all over the world. A single cup of brewed chamomile tea contains around 2 calories, and 0.5 grams of carbohydrates. This tea also contains traces of magnesium, calcium, fluoride, potassium, folate and Vitamin A. Chamomile tea is rich in flavonoids which possess anti-oxidant and anti-microbial properties.
Preparing Chamomile Tea: You would need the following ingredients:
Chamomile flowers – Freshly plucked or dried flowers or 2 chamomile tea bags
2-3 cups of boiling water
Brewing Chamomile Tea
Add fresh or dried chamomile flowers or the tea bag to the pot containing boiling water. Make sure you have turned off the gas/heating. Cover the pot and allow the tea to steep for about five minutes. Then remove the tea bag or strain the flowers and pour the tea into cups. Now you can enjoy your Chamomile tea while inhaling its wonderful floral fragrance.
Benefits of drinking Chamomile Tea
- Boosts Immunity
Studies show that Chamomile tea helps fight harmful bacteria, and boosts the immune system. Chamomile has antibacterial properties that help to prevent and treat cold and cough while guarding the body against infection and illnesses. Consuming the tea protects you against various microbes.
- Improves Sleep Quality
Drinking Chamomile tea promotes better sleep quality. It relaxes the nerves and soothes the nervous system, therefore helping you sleep better. It does not contain any caffeine, hence is best consumed before sleeping to induce a good night sleep and reduce anxiety and depression.
- Helps control blood sugar levels
Studies have found that drinking chamomile tea is very beneficial in keeping blood sugar levels in control. The tea is particularly beneficial for people suffering from diabetes, as chamomile tea can prevent the spikes and drops that can be so dangerous for those who struggle with diabetes.
- Improves digestive
Researches consider Chamomile tea as a digestive relaxant and its consumption helps treat various gastrointestinal problems like flatulence, indigestion, diarrhea, anorexia, motion sickness, nausea and vomiting. Regular consumption of Chamomile tea can soothe stomach ulcer pain and gives relief from menstrual cramps by relaxing the muscles of the uterus.
- Acts as Natural Skin and Hair Cleanser
Chamomile tea has powerful antioxidant, cleansing, and moisturizing properties and is considered an effective remedy for skincare and haircare. It is found to be very effective in soothing skin irritation and helps fight against acne, dark circles, puffiness under eyes, and dandruff. You can pack the Chamomile tea into ice cubes and rub it under the eyes and skin.
Chamomile tea is a healthy beverage. It is rich in some powerful antioxidants that may have a variety of health benefits, including reducing the risk of cancer and heart disease. Although a few people may be allergic to chamomile, it is safe for most people to drink.