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Chamomile Tea
Healthy Drinks - Tea
Wednesday, 25 February 2009 13:33

Chamomile Tea

Tea name: Chamomile Tea.

Also known as: Manzanilla

Chamomile tea is made from a common garden herb and has been consumed as far back as the Ancient Egyptians.

Common references to chamomile tea include:

  • Bedtime tea
  • Sleepy tea
  • Night tea

What is chamomile tea? Chamomile tea is simply a dried herb. The herb is a blossoming plant that provides pretty yellow flowers.

When dried, the plant is used to steep into a tea.

Some of the finest chamomile comes from Egypt even today but this herb can also be grown in your garden.

The tea is naturally free of caffeine, making it a great choice for nighttime consumption.

Home Remedies using Chamomile Tea

Benefits and Uses of Chamomile Tea

The main benefit of drinking chamomile tea is the fact that, unlike other teas such as black tea, there is no caffeine and it will not cause insomnia.

In fact, many people find that the tea actually causes sleepiness.

It has not been scientifically proven whether this benefit is caused by components in the actual herb or whether the benefit results from slowly drinking a soothing, warm beverage just before bedtime.

Chamomile tea is also a well-known herbal remedy for relieving stress, cold symptoms, and menstrual cramps.

Chamomile tea is used by people who love tea but are bothered by the caffeine content in other teas.

People who are hypersensitive to caffeine choose chamomile tea since it is naturally caffeine-free.

Other people choose this tea for consumption late in the day and into the evening to prevent sleeplessness.

Chamomile tea can be purchased in tea bags for easy brewing or in loose tea leaves which can be brewed loose, in a tea ball, or in a square of cheesecloth.

Boiling water is placed over the tea and the tea is allowed to steep for 3 to 5 minutes, depending on the strength of brew you prefer.

Sugar, artificial sweetener or honey can be added if desired and some people enjoy adding milk or creamer to the tea.

To add a bit of Vitamin C, you can squeeze a slice of lemon or lime into the cup of tea after brewing.

Side Effects of Chamomile Tea

It is possible some people may experience an allergic reaction, if this occurs drink in moderation.

If you are taking blood thinners, check with your doctor before drinking chamomile tea.

Last Updated on Saturday, 20 April 2013 19:20

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