Camomile tea is widely known for its calming properties and also has a number of other healing properties, however, it is one of the more unusual teas which has gained a lot of popularity over the years.
I started drinking camomile tea in school before a maths exam. I dreaded those maths exams, no matter how hard I studied, but a cup of camomile tea would help me relax and stay calm before the exam. It was the first non-Rooibos tea I started drinking and in some ways, I think camomile tea started my tea-loving journey.
What is Camomile Tea
Camomile tea is known as a Tisanes, which is commonly known as infusers and include herbal and fruit teas. Unlike most other teas tisanes are not made from the leaf of the tea plant, but rather from other parts of plants or even fruit and flowers.
Camomile tea is made from the Asteraceae family of plants. The daisy-like flowers of this family of plants (hence the daisies on all the camomile tea boxes) can be dried and used for a number of herbal remedies, as well as tea.
Because of the variety of the plant family, camomile tea from different parts of the world can taste differently. I am definitely up for trying new camomile wherever I go next then!
Tisanes have historically been known for their healing properties and to this day Chinese herbalists believe that almost any ailment can be cured with a cup of hot tea tisanes.
The reason camomile has become so well known for its calming properties is because it can help increase the levels of serotonin and melatonin in your body. These heightened levels relieve stress and anxiety symptoms and slows down the mind. It makes sense that a cup of camomile before my maths exam helped me to slow down and focus on the questions at hand rather than stress about the end result.
Camomile tea also helps to regulate glucose levels in the body and can bring down sugar levels. A cup a day can thus hold great benefit for diabetics in regulating their sugar levels.
The relaxing qualities also allow camomile tea to relieve stomach cramps and even menstruation cramps. The anti-spasmatic qualities in the tea help to relax muscles. It is also a great cure for almost any stomach ailment, from diarrhea, nausea and even motion sickness.
Camomile is also said to boost the immune system and some people swear by its wonderful rejuvenating properties for their skin and hair.
If you want to try a new kind of tea, but you’re still a bit wary of some of the stranger teas out there, then camomile is for you. Easy to drink and pretty easy to come by in most places around the world. The relaxing properties might just coax you into taking some me-time with a cup of camomile more often than you think.