Most people know that tea has health benefits. Interestingly, though, different kinds of tea do different things. For example, green tea is loaded with antioxidants, which are helpful for removing toxins and free radicals from your system, preventing some premature signs of aging, and more.
Peppermint tea can help clear the sinuses and reduce the symptoms of a head cold. That, of course, is all very impressive, but perhaps the most astounding benefits to be found in tea come from chamomile tea. Made from the leaves of the German chamomile flower – matricaria chamomilla – chamomile tea offers health benefits that are little short of amazing.
While some of the benefits of chamomile have not yet been sufficiently researched and are still regarded more as folk remedies than actual proven benefits, there have been a number of studies done on chamomile that have demonstrated many of its positive effects.
The most basic function of chamomile is as a relaxant. It soothes achy muscles and can relax the nerves. In smaller quantities, chamomile tea can reduce anxiety and help you relax. In larger doses, it can help you get a good night’s rest.
While the other benefits of chamomile that we’ll discuss below are all great, this is perhaps the most important. After all, the simple fact is that there is almost nothing better for your overall health than consistently getting enough restful sleep.
I already pointed out that chamomile is a relaxant. In fact, it can soothe all sorts of cramps and aches in your muscles. Whether you have a spasm in your back, stiffness in your neck, or even menstrual cramps, chamomile can relax your muscles and bring relief from the pain.
In addition to general muscle cramps, chamomile tea has the ability to soothe an upset stomach. Whether you’re suffering from irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, constipation, or some other stomach-related ailment, chamomile can help regulate your system and bring you relief.
Perhaps the most amazing benefit of chamomile is its ability to boost your immune system’s function. Studies have shown that drinking chamomile regularly boosts the amount of hippurate – a botanical phenolic. Botanical phenolics increase your immune system’s ability to fight off bacteria. As a result, chamomile tea is remarkably effective as a remedy for the common cold and other minor ailments.
Safe for Babies
With food and drink makers cranking up the number of chemicals they put in what we consume, it’s natural for parents to be cautious about what we give our kids. Most “childrens” cough syrups, for example, aren’t actually safe for kids at all. Fortunately, there are a few natural remedies that can help kids feel better.
Clover honey, for example, is great for a sore throat. Meanwhile, chamomile tea has all the same benefits for little ones as it does for grown-ups, and is even safe to give to very young babies. Chamomile in a bottle – or a sippy cup for older kids – can soothe an aching tummy, reduce a fever, and help your baby relax and fall asleep when she’s sick.