Benefits of drinking chamomile tea:
Muscle cramps/ stomach cramps
IBS (reduces inflammation)
Dark under eye circles: steep 2 bags of chamomile tea in warm water for 5 minutes- then place one bag on each eye as a soothing compress
Lighten skin (steam treatment*)
Acne prevention (steam treatment*)
*Steam treatment: chamomile has antioxidants, that help fight free radicals. When treatment is done several times a week, cleanses pores
Reduces pain and swelling
Reduces blood sugar, prevents vision, nerve, and kidney damage for diabetics.
Reduces thyroid and breast cancer
Thanks to the flavonoids such as apigenin (also found in fruit, celery, herbs, and parsley), known to shrink cancerous tumors.
Natural hemorrhoid treatment (chamomile ointment)
Skin irritation: sunburns, eczema, rashes, insect bites
Regular chamomile tea drinkers claim that the tea strengthens and improves appearance of hair. Chamomile can also help alleviate scalp irritation.
Infants: no more than 1-2 ounces of chamomile tea per day
Children under 5 years: no more than ½ a cup of chamomile tea per day.
Chamomile tea can be used to treat colic, diarrhea, and fever. Please make sure the tea has cooled prior to giving to children and infants. Ask your child’s primary caregiver prior to administering chamomile tea to treat these conditions.
Cautions when using chamomile as a treatment option:
-Can increase risk of miscarriage. Pregnant women, please consult your doctor before drinking chamomile regularly.
- Individuals who are allergic to ragweed, daisies, or chrysanthemum; drinking chamomile can help modulate the immune response and work as an anti-histamine, however, regular use (especially topical) can worsen allergy symptoms.
How to make a fantastic cup of chamomile tea:
Bring fresh water to a boil
While waiting for the water to boil; rinse and clean chamomile flowers (fresh or dry) in cold water.
Add 2-3 tsps of flowers (for every cup of water) to the water once it is boiling.
Once the water changes color and you can smell the flower aroma, turn off the heat.
Strain tea into a cup
Add raw honey to taste (personally I drink this tea plain just because it has a natural sweet taste).