Chamomile, meaning ‘ground apple’, has been in use since the time of the Romans, the Egyptians and the Greek. Its silky-smooth taste aside, it is treasured for its several health benefits as well.
Known locally as ‘babune ka phal’ in Hindi, chamomile is a herb that originates from a blooming plant in the Daisy group. Native to Europe, Australia, North America, and Asia, chamomile flowers blossom during summers. Chamomile tea, brewed from chamomile flowers, is golden in color and has a delectable, fruity taste to it. Let’s look at a few of the amazing benefits of chamomile tea.
- Healing properties
Owing to its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial effects, chamomile tea accelerates the healing process of minor cuts and burns. In the olden days, people used it as a healing salve. Drinking it can also treat the flu while providing protection against bacterial-related infections. Chamomile boosts your immunity.
- Healthy skin
Chamomile has antiseptic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which helps in soothing skin irritations, acne and eczema. Placing cooled tea bags under the eyes helps reduce eye puffiness and dark circles. A natural facial scrub, skin bleach and moisturizer, chamomile sloughs off the dead skin cells, helps to lighten your skin tone, and tightens the pores. Chamomile tea shields the skin from radical damage and helps you retain your youthful charm for years to come.
Chamomile has been found to be highly effective in soothing an itchy scalp and in preventing dandruff. It also enriches hair color and radiance. Combine chamomile with henna, for it creates natural highlights for dark hair. Also, using chamomile tea to rinse hair adds a golden sheen to brown hair.
- Maintains glucose levels in the body
Chamomile tea helps in maintaining blood glucose levels, by which it helps to control diabetes. It also helps with hyperglycemia. If you have diabetes, consult your physician to know the required dosage.
- Pain relieving
Chamomile, with its antispasmodic properties, helps in easing out stomach cramps, intestinal cramps and menstrual cramps. Chamomile increases glycine levels which helps in reducing muscle spasms. Drinking chamomile tea twice a day also helps reduce bowel-related issues, nausea and gastroenteritis. When taken on a regular basis, chamomile tea can soothe stomach ulcer pains. It also soothes the nerves in the body, which makes it helpful in treating hemorrhoids. A cup of hot chamomile tea can help you get rid of a headache in a jiffy.
- Better sleep
Chamomile tea has been used as a solution for insomnia and other sleep disorders for centuries now. Its mild sedative properties will help you break free of your troubled sleep pattern and sleep better.
Chamomile tea is available in the form of dried flowers to be steeped and brewed, tea leaves as well as in the form of tea bags. Besides the original form, it also comes with added flavors. Now brew a nice pot of chamomile tea and share the magic potion with your family and friends.