Brew using boiling water and leave to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes
It is hard to imagine anything more naturally fulfilling than a cup of camomile tea. However, owing to the fast paced societies we live in, not everyone has the time, or opportunity, to stroll through the countryside and pick their own, fresh camomile flowers to be dried and later enjoyed. Instead, why not consider The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company’s very own Camomile Flowers Tea?
This wonderful, nourishing brew is as natural as the beautiful landscapes in which it grows wild. It is known to provide deliciously floral flavours, and can likewise offer relief from insomnia and other sleeping disorders. Camomile Flowers is an excellent choice of beverage before you go to bed. It will allow your body to relax, as well as helping you to fall asleep faster and wake up feeling more refreshed. It has been consumed for hundreds of years for this very same reason and remains, to this day, one of the most popular herbal teas currently available on the market.
There are two common types of Camomile Flowers, German Camomile (botanically known as Matricaria chamomilla) and Roman Camomile (Chamaemelum nobile). Both of these varieties belong to the Asteraceae family (occasionally referred to as the ‘daisy’ family). German Camomile is a hardy, self-seeding annual herb. It has been largely cultivated in Germany for centuries and is recognised by its hollow, bright gold cone around the bloom, surrounded by numerous white rays.
Roman Camomile, meanwhile, 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 cone and similar to German camomile, is surrounded by white rays.
The word ‘Camomile’ has two different English spellings, depending on where you live. The term referred to in this description is of British English origin, while the American English spelling is ‘camomile’. Historically, Camomile (or camomile) derives from the Greek word, ‘Khamaimelon’, which can be broadly translated to mean ‘earth apple’ or ‘ground apple’. This is likely due to Camomiles distinct aroma.
Historians believe that camomile flowers were first used in Ancient Egypt. They were greatly revered during this period, and were largely associated with the sun god, Re (or ‘Ra’). The Ancient Egyptians also used camomile for improved skin health, and would have likely included it in cosmetics and hair products as well. Perhaps most notably, however, camomile was used in rituals and ceremonies.
Hundreds of years later, the Greek physician and botanist, Dioscorides (circa 40 CE - circa 90 CE) recorded that camomile could heal intestinal, liver, and nervous system disorders. The Ancient Greeks likewise used camomile to treat kidney stones and made garlands from the flower to fragrance the air. Another well-known botanist and physician, Pliny the Elder (23 CE - 79 CE) documented Camomiles ability to ward off headaches and ease liver and kidney inflammation.
Ancient Romans also used Camomile for skin conditions and digestive disorders, as well as scattering the flowers on the floors of banquet halls to perfume the air and burning them as incense during sacred rituals. (Surprisingly, the name ‘Roman Camomile’ was not coined by the Roman people. It was, in fact, discovered by an English botanist in the famous Coliseum, where it once grew in great abundance). During the Anglo-Saxon period, Britons considered camomile to be an incredible herbal remedy to ward off disease and promote good health. The Anglo-Saxons also recognised the flowers as one of the nine sacred herbs within their societies..
Today, camomile flowers remain as equally important as they did thousands of years ago, if not more so! While populations across the world become increasingly health conscious, camomile in brew form has been marvelled for its absolutely outstanding, and completely scientifically proven properties, which have the ability to improve our day-to-day ways of life.
It has long since been nurtured by the global tea industry, despite not technically being a tea at all! Camomile beverages do not contain any leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant (or ‘tea plant’), meaning they are in fact ‘tisanes’, specifically of the ‘herbal’ variety. Despite this, it remains a popular brew among tea connoisseurs around the world, largely owing to its health benefits. To find out more information on how this herbal tea can aid with a multitude of common ailments, please see our Health Benefits section below.
Type of Tea: Herbal Tea.
Ingredients: Whole dried Camomile flowers.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water and infuse for 5 to 10 minutes.
How to Serve: To satisfy the sweet tooth, add honey! Or if you prefer bitter flavours, consider lemon. Alternatively, this beverage is best served as it is.
Tasting Notes: It comes as no surprise as to why these flowers were once known as ‘earth apples’, owing to the wonderfully fragrant, and almost fruit-like aroma wafting from your cup. Enjoy sweet, floral flavours that evoke childhood memories of strolling through summery meadows. Embrace distinct, herbaceous overtones and a refreshing aftertaste that lingers on the palate long after you have drained your cup.
Colour in Cup: Golden liquor, light in tone.
Benefits of Camomile Tea: There is no secret when it comes to Camomile that it can help you sleep, yet this is not all this brew can offer, by far. Camomile Flowers Tea is often used by women to deal with mild symptoms associated with menstruation. Research has indicated that the frequent consumption of this herbal tea can provide relief from bloating, cramping, anxiety, sweating, mood swings and, of course, sleep-deprivation.
This is largely due to the anti-inflammatory properties of this brew, as well as its relaxant nature to soothe both the body and mind. In fact, one study conducted by the American Chemical Society discovered that participants who consumed 5 cups of Camomile Tea for two weeks had increased levels of glycine, an amino acid. Glycine is known to help reduce muscle spasms and relax nerves. In particular, it can be applied to mild uterine cramps and nervous tension related to the menstrual cycle.
Further to this, recent scientific studies have indicated that Camomile Flower tea consumption can help improve hyperglycaemia and other diabetic complications by suppressing blood sugar levels and increasing liver glycogen storage. Alas, this is just the beginning! To find out more information, please see our ‘History and Health Benefits of Camomile Tea’ blog.
Health PointsAnti Oxidants, Detox, Refreshing, Relaxing, Weight Loss
Caffeine LevelDecaff (none)
Time of DayAfternoon
CountryMore Than One Origin