History and Health Benefits of Camomile Tea
Let’s Explore Camomile Tea
When exploring the world of herbal remedies in all its many forms, you would have likely come across the wonders of Camomile Tea. This incredible plant has been used for thousands of years and can be dried and prepared for many different natural remedies and poultices, as well as being consumed in its most popular form, tea.
Its capabilities are well-documented and with Modern science largely supporting its ancient, therapeutic uses, it seems Camomile Herbal Tea has earned its place as one of the most popular herbal beverages on the market. In fact, records establish that over one million cups of this delectable brew are consumed every day across the world! But what makes this tea so popular?
What is Camomile Tea
Camomile Flower is a member of the Asteraceae/Compositae family and is, in fact, related to the daisy! It is represented by two common varieties viz. German Camomile (Chamomilla recutita) and Roman Camomile (Camaemelum nobile). Renowned for its medicinal properties, the dried camomile flowers from both varieties of Chamomile contain many terpenoids and flavonoids contributing to their worldwide use. It is native to the old world and can be incorporated into products for cosmetics and aromatherapy. Its most common and popular use, however, is within a nice, hot cup of tea!
German Camomile vs Roman Camomile
Although both varieties of Camomile contain essential oils and antioxidants that help the body relax, there are minor differences between the two types.
Roman Camomile Flowers is a hardy, low-growing perennial. It is a garden favourite due to its apple-like scent and blooms between May and September. It has a small yellow solid cone surrounded by white rays and the leaves are twice divided, giving it a feathery appearance.
German Camomile Flowers, meanwhile, is a hardy, self-seeding annual herb. It has long been cultivated in Germany to maximise its medicinal properties and has a hollow, bright gold cone around the blossom which is ringed with numerous white rays.
University of Maryland Medical Centre (UMMC) notes that while both German and Roman Camomile contain useful properties, German Camomile is slightly stronger and has been researched more thoroughly. Despite this, both have widespread use and can offer a wealth of health benefits when consumed in tea form.
History of Camomile Tea
The name ‘Camomile’ comes from the Greek word meaning “ground apple,” but its history dates to the times of Ancient Egypt and perhaps beyond. To understand the story of Camomile and what it means to humanity, we must first explore how each ancient civilisation used it:
* Egyptians: The Camomile plant was so revered during this period that it quickly became associated with their sun god Re (Ra). The societies of ancient Egypt would have used camomile on their skin and would have probably used it in cosmetics and hair care products as well. It was also used in rituals and ceremonies.
* Greeks: Dioscorides (circa A.D 40 – circa A.D 90), a Greek physician and botanist, used Camomile to heal intestinal, nervous and liver disorders. The Ancient Greeks also used it to treat kidney stones and would have also made garlands from camomile to fragrance the air.
* Romans: One of the most renowned physicians of the time, Pliny (A.D 23 – A.D 79) documented Camomile’s ability to ward off headaches and ease the liver and kidney inflammation. His work might have been even more expansive if he had not tragically died at the hands of Mount Vesuvius near the site of the Pompeii disaster! Camomile Flower Tea would have also been likely used by the Ancient Romans for skin conditions and digestive disorders. The flowers were also scattered on the floors at banquets to perfume the air or burned as incense during sacred rituals. Surprisingly, the term ‘Roman Camomile’ was not coined by the Roman people. In fact, it was discovered by an English Botanist in the famous Coliseum, where it grew freely!
* Anglo Saxons: Used to ward off diseases and to promote health, the Anglo-Saxons considered Camomile Herb one of the nine sacred herbs within their society.
Camomile Loose Tea, although not native to the Americas, can now be found across the two continents since colonists shipped it from Europe and planted it around their settlements. It has now become abundant in the United States in particular, where it has escaped its cultivation to grow freely in pastures, cornfields, on roadsides and other sunny, well drained areas.
Photograph of pure camomile loose herbal tea
Health Benefits of Drinking Camomile Tea
Many of us will know that Camomile tea is famously associated with combating insomnia and other sleeping disorders. In fact, consuming a single cup of this warm, non-caffeinated beverage before you go to bed can allow your body to relax, as well as helping you to fall asleep faster and wake up feeling more refreshed. But Camomile Tea can offer so much more than just a good night’s sleep. From relieving stress to improving your immune system, this brew can help a number of common ailments in your day to day life!
Studies have shown camomile flower tea can aid weight loss
Weight Loss with Camomile Tea
This day and age, many individuals work tirelessly to find a weight loss routine that works for them. Whether it’s trying to stick to a healthy diet or finding enough time to go to the Gym, it is never easy staying on track. However, according to the USDA National Database, one cup of brewed camomile Flowers contains just 2 calories and 0.5g carbohydrates.
It also contains small amounts of calcium, magnesium, potassium, fluoride, folate, and vitamin A, plus traces of several other nutrients. Although green tea is largely considered one of the most popular choices when it comes to weight loss capabilities, Camomile tea is still a healthy alternative to other, fattier beverages.
Camomile Tea can help protect your immune system
Camomile Tea is Good for the Immune System
Strengthening your immune system is an important factor to account for when consuming Camomile Flowers. Within this beverage, there are certain amounts of phenolic compounds that are specifically linked to fighting bacterial infections in the body.
In fact, a 2005 study published in the American Chemical Society’s ‘Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry’ found that volunteers who consumed 5 cups of Pure Camomile Tea for two weeks showed an increased level of Hippurate. Hippurate is associated with the phenolic compounds which ultimately boost immunity by fighting bacteria. Its consumption is frequently used to successfully combat colds and viruses.
Camomile tea is often valued as a digestive relaxant and has also been used to treat various gastrointestinal disturbances including flatulence, indigestion, diarrhoea, anorexia, motion sickness, nausea and vomiting. With its incredible anti-inflammatory properties, even a single mug of camomile tea can make you feel better, but continual use of this can help prevent serious conditions from developing in your gut as well.
Studies have shown camomile tea can relieve period pains
Camomile Tea is Known to Help with Menstrual Discomfort
A popular Herbal Tea with women dealing with the symptoms of menstruation, research has indicated Camomile Tea can help with bloating, cramping, anxiety, sweating, sleep deprivation, and even mood swings.
This is largely due to the anti-inflammatory properties, as well as the relaxant nature of this beverage which can help soothe the body and the mind. In fact, one such study conducted by the American Chemical Society discovered that test subjects who consumed 5 cups of Camomile tea for two weeks had increased levels of the amino acid, glycine. Glycine is known to help reduce muscle spasms and relax nerves, including the uterine cramps and nervous tension related to the menstrual cycle.
Scientists have proven camomile is good for people with diabetes
Camomile Tea can Help to Managing Diabetes
Recent Scientific Studies have indicated that Camomile tea consumption can help improve hyperglycaemia and other diabetic complications by suppressing blood sugar levels and increasing liver glycogen storage. Whilst additional research is still required, these studies have also revealed Camomile tea’s protective effect on pancreatic beta cells. However, The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company still recommends you consult a doctor before pursuing any new herbal remedies.
Camomile Flower Tea is known to help with some skin conditions
Camomile Tea can Improve Some Skin Conditions
Camomile tea does not always have to be ingested to reap the benefits! In fact, with its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich nature, topically applying warm or cold Camomile tea to a particular area of skin can significantly improve healing and lessen the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles on the face. It is a great choice for anyone suffering from conditions such as eczema, acne and skin-related allergies.
Additional Health Benefits of Drinking Camomile
Other Health Benefits: Aside from the above, Camomile tea consumption has been associated with migraine, mouth sore and stomach ulcer treatment, improved cardiovascular health, and even stronger bones! It must be noted, however, that many of these studies are still ongoing with no definitive answer yet established.
Did you know there is two spellings for this tea camomile or chamomile
Camomile or Chamomile, Whats the Correct Spelling
Camomile: The name "camomile" is spelt with an (H) because of its Greek name for this herbal flower “Khamaimelon” which means “earth” and “apple” because of the aroma being so similar to the smell of apples.
Camomile: The spelling Camomile not containing the (H) is thought to be the traditional middle England spelling when Camomile Tea was a popular herbal remedy in the middle ages commonly used for fevers and many other health conditions.
Why Not Try Camomile Tea?
It is time for you to venture into the world of this wonder brew with a number of Chamomile tea choices available online or in-store. If you enjoy the traditional tastes of Chamomile tea, then why not begin with our very own Camomile Tea Bags or Chamomile and Rose Petal Tea? Looking for more of an infusion? You simply can’t go wrong with our new Camomile Lavender and Rose Herbal Blend! Whichever blend you decide upon, you will be enjoying a wonderful, age-old brew with its incredible past and very bright future.