Chamomile: Not Just an Aid for Sleep Disorders

Coming from the dried and ground daisy-like flower of the chamomile plant, chamomile tea is best known for its calming characteristics and is commonly used as an aid for those suffering from sleep disorders.  Did you know that chamomile tea also offers a variety of health benefits?  A 2010 report by doctors and researchers, including well-known Dr. Sanjay Gupta, M.D. “Chamomile: A Herbal Medicine of the Past with Bright Future,” highlights the many effects of chamomile as a medicinal agent [1].  Here is a look at just a few:

Anti-Inflammatory Agent
The essential oils of chamomile flowers contain the active ingredient chamazulene.  The study reported that when used topically, chamomile penetrates the skin and assists with easing the symptoms of a number of skin problems, including eczema and hemorrhoids [1].  Internally, chamomile tea is thought to be useful in calming and soothing an upset stomach.

Anxiety
The study, published in Molecular Medicine Reports, showed chamomile to have positive effects in patients suffering from generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).  Chamomile was shown to have significant effects on the inhibition of GAD activity and may perform as anxiolytic agent to help lower stress levels [1].  Blended with passionflower and eleuthero root along with chamomile, we offer get relaxed® – No.14 Tea for Relieving Stress to help mellow your mood.

Diabetes
The report, “Chamomile: A herbal medicine of the past with bright future,” states that in combination with a healthy diet, use of chamomile demonstrates a boost in pancreatic activity and aids in suppressing blood sugar levels [1].

Health Promotion
In the patients studied for the report, it was found that consuming a large amount of chamomile tea was shown to increase antibacterial activity [1].  Combined with an active, healthy lifestyle chamomile is thought to help promote overall health.

Osteoporosis and Bone Health
The study conducted by Sanjay Gupta, M.D., and other researchers concluded that along with exercise, chamomile extract may exhibit an effect of slowing the speed in which patients experience loss of bone mass.  This suggests that chamomile may be beneficial to overall bone health [1].

Sleep Aid
Perhaps most commonly used as a sleep aid for those suffering with sleep disorders, chamomile has been used for its calming effects for generations.  Used as a tea, the flavonoids contained in chamomile may help induce sleep and relaxation.  Teas such as Chamomile Lemon Herb and get some zzz’s™ – No. 5 Herb Tea for Rest are specially formulated with chamomile and other soothing ingredients to help you get the restful sleep you need.

All teas boast a wide variety of health benefits and this is especially the case with chamomile.  If you are one of the millions of Americans suffering from sleep disorders, relaxing with a cup of chamomile will help bring you tranquility and may contribute to your overall health.

How to Steep Chamomile Tea:
1) Heat fresh water to a rapid boil.
2) Pour steaming hot water over tea bag or infuser if using full-leaf loose tea.
3) Time your steeping.  Chamomile requires five to seven minutes to infuse properly.
4) Remove and discard tea.  While sipping, be sure to take time to pause and inhale the aromas; chamomile used in aromatherapy is known to be relaxing and to aid those with sleep disorders.

  1. Srivastava, Janmejai K, Eswar Shankar, and Sanjay Gupta. “Chamomile: A Herbal Medicine of the Past with Bright Future.” Molecular medicine reports 3.6 (2010): 895–901. PMC. Web. 16 Feb. 2015.