Tea Tuesday: Comforting Chamomile

A nice, hot cup of tea can be used for many things, as I’ve stated before, but everyone knows that tea is most often used to help you sleep. Especially if the tea you’re drinking is170px-Kamomillasaunio_(Matricaria_recutita) Chamomile!

Chamomile (pronounced Cam-oh-meal) is a daisy-like herb that has been used for centuries as a cure-all for emotional and physical ailments. It is known for having a mild sedative effect, and this makes it an amazing sleep aid. Drinking a hot cup of chamomile tea before bed may help improve signs of restlessness and insomnia, giving you a better night sleep.

This sedative effect can also be used to help counter emotional ailments, such as anxiety or depression, and chamomile is easier on the wallet than most medications.

(as a side note, please do not take chamomile in place of any prescriptions. While I am an advocate for the healing power of tea, I’m not a doctor.)

Chamomile tea can also help greatly with menstrual cramps and other symptoms of PMS. Drinking chamomile tea raises your glycine levels, which relaxes the muscles and prevents spasms (or cramps). Chamomile also helps relax the muscles of your stomach and intestines, helping with upset stomachs, poor digestion, even Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Just drink a cup daily to keep your pesky gut satisfied.

Loose_leaf_chamomile_teaThe tea is made from the dried flower heads, and most people prefer using Greek Chamomile or Roman Chamomile (known as True Chamomile), but any variation of the flower can be used.

Next time you have trouble sleeping, or you need to relax before a big exam, brew yourself a nice cup of Chamomile tea! You might just be surprised how relaxing it really is.

 

For more information on Chamomile, check out The Tea TalkNatural Society and Vicony Teas. The photos were taken from Wikipedia.

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