What is chamomile tea?
Chamomile is like that girl you envied in school – pretty and popular, has far too many talents and makes everybody feel good!
Chamomile tea originated in Europe and western Asia, drunk for thousands of years as a medicinal herbal beverage in many parts of the world. This tea-licious tea is brewed from dried daisy-like flowers with golden centres and is recognised for its healthful properties and long term health benefits. The dried flowers are often blended with other herbs to create deliciously smooth and subtle aromatic flavours.
Does chamomile tea have caffeine?
Is there caffeine in chamomile tea? Not a drop!
The many benefits of chamomile tea include zero caffeine, which makes it the perfect bedtime beverage. A cup of caffeine free chamomile tea is often people’s go-to nighty-night sleep-tight brew because it has naturally soothing and settling properties.
What is chamomile tea good for?
When drunk as a hot and healthy brew nature’s beautiful chamomile flowers do wondrous things for the body. If chamomile tea were to write its own resumé, it would highlight the following skills:
- Supports deeper, longer more blissful sleep. A fabulous tonic for insomniacs.
- Aids digestion, promoting a healthy gut and digestive process. Relieves nausea, bloating and gas.
- Might play a part in reducing the risk of certain types of cancer and heart disease.
- Helps to lower blood sugar and bad cholesterol due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
- May reduce stress and anxiety.
So how can a simple daisy-like flower claim such long term health benefits? They may look cute but chamomile flowers pack quite a punch! Chamomile tea is a blooming good source of antioxidants, particularly flavones and apigenin. These two team up, pop on the boxing gloves and potentially fight certain cancers and heart disease by decreasing inflammation, blood pressure and cholesterol.
Studies suggest the antioxidant apigenin may also induce feelings of sleepiness and relaxation, hence the connection between chamomile tea, insomnia and anxiety.
How to make chamomile tea
Choose your favourite tea vessel and steep your loose leaf chamomile tea – or chamomile tea bags – at 100°C for between three and five minutes for the perfect cup of chamomile tea.
What does chamomile tea taste like?
Some say chamomile tea has apple accents with a mellow floral flavour. Brewing chamomile too long may create a slightly bitter aftertaste, so play close attention to the brewing guide.
Chamomile is an herb that has many happy playmates – it pairs up well with:
- Lemon balm
- Lemon verbena
When brewed with its buddies, chamomile tea is silky smooth with a delicate touch. Add a drop of honey to sweeten or a slice of apple or lemon to give it a zesty kick!
Can you drink chamomile tea when pregnant?
Chamomile tea is a herbal tea considered safe to drink while pregnant, but like everything it should be done in moderation. Drinking chamomile tea in pregnancy may improve sleep and reduce those icky feelings of morning sickness.