Chamomile is well known medicinal herb from family Asteraceae. The two varieties of Chamomile which are generally used are German Chamomile (Chamomilla recutita) and Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile). The dried flower from this herb is used to prepare tea which has sedative and calming effect on body. Chamomile tea has anti-depressant, tranquillizer, sedative, anticonvulsant and carminative effect on body.
This herbal tea is very helpful in treating sleep related disorders. The tea also has good effect on digestion related problems such as indigestion, gas, nausea, motion sickness and low appetite.
Recipe of Chamomile Tea
Ingredients: Dried flowers of Chamomile, water and honey (optional)
- Put water (1 cup) in a pan and bring it to boil.
- In a ceramic or glass cup, add dried herb (1-4 gms).
- Pour boiling water on the cup.
- Steep for ten minutes.
- Strain and drink.
You can drink this tea 3-4 times a day. Drinking this tea before going to bed helps to induce sound sleep.
Medicinal uses of Chamomile Tea
- Mild sedative effect on body
- Helps to reduce day to day stress, anxiety
- Acts as antioxidant, muscle relaxant
- Helpful in hysteria, nightmares, insomnia, sleep disorders and similar mind related problems
- Induces sleep
- Helpful in stomach aches, colic, digestive problems, menstrual cramps, muscle ache, fever
- Gives relief in catarrh, cold, sore throat
- Improves appetite
- Can also be used as mouth wash, eye wash
- The consumption of Chamomile tea is generally safe. But its use should be avoided in pregnancy and while taking medicines which are blood thinners.