If you are a chamomile tea drinker, you are likely already aware that it helps you feel more relaxed. Drinking a cup of this herbal tea with honey when you feel burnout helps eliminate fatigue and also induce you to sleep. This is because chamomile produces a sedative effect.
The healing effect of chamomile comes from the volatile oil, flavonoids, tannins and other natural plant chemicals. It produces antispasmodic, anti- inflammatory and carminative effects.
Besides being a natural sleep aid, chamomile is used as a natural remedy for general anxiety disorder. A report that was published in the journal of clinical psychopharmacology confirms the effectiveness of chamomile extract to reduce the symptoms of GAD after conducting a controlled clinical research.
Another study was made by Italian scientists on teenage boys with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The result showed an improvement and the chamomile extract therapy was able to calm the boys. Though it was only one study, there is a potential that it might benefit parents who have children with ADHD.
Chamomile herbal tea is made from the fresh and dried chamomile flowers. To make the tea, steep the flowers or tea bag in a cup of hot water for about 3 minutes. If you are using the flowers, strain before drinking and add honey.
You can also use the tea to treat skin inflammation, irritation and related skin problems such as acne, hives and rashes. Steep a tea bag for a few minutes, squeeze the water and then chill the tea bag. Once it is chilled, use the tea bag as a cold compress on your problem skin.
Drink a cup of chamomile herbal tea if you have stomach upsets, having problems with flatulence and heartburn. If you have respiratory problems inhale the steam of your hot tea to provide relief. It benefits people who have asthma, emphysema and sinus infection.
And the next time you have the monthly menstrual cramps, make yourself a warm cup of chamomile flower tea and it will provide pain relief.