Chamomile has some unique properties that may benefit the quality of your sleep.
It contains apigenin, an antioxidant that binds to certain receptors in your brain that may promote sleepiness and reduce insomnia, or the chronic inability to sleep (Source 1, Source 2).
In one study, postpartum women who drank chamomile tea for two weeks reported better sleep quality compared to a group that did not drink chamomile tea. They also had fewer symptoms of depression, which is often linked with sleeping problems (Source).
Another study found that people who consumed 270 mg of chamomile extract twice daily for 28 days had 1/3 less night time awakening and fell asleep 15 minutes faster than those who did not consume the extract (Source).
Yet another study conducted in 2006 concluded that inhaling chamomile oil before bedtime produced a calming and drowsy effect, helping study participants enter a deeper and more restful sleep (source).
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Contains Powerful Antioxidants
Antioxidants protect your cells from oxidation, preventing disease and slowing signs of aging. The chamomile plant is chock-full of terpenoids, chamazulene, flavonoids and other valuable antioxidants (source). These compounds work together to suppress inflammation, hinder cell mutation, reduce pain and swelling, improve mood, support the immune system and even fight cancer (source).
Protects Against Certain Types of Cancer
The antioxidants found in chamomile tea have been linked with a lower incidence of certain types of cancer.
Chamomile contains the antioxidant apigenin. In test-tube studies, apigenin has been shown to fight cancer cells, especially those of the breast, digestive tract, skin, prostate and uterus (Source 1, Source 2, Source 3).
Additionally, one study of 537 people observed that those who drank chamomile tea 2–6 times per week were significantly less likely to develop thyroid cancer than those who did not drink chamomile tea (Source).
Eases Depression and Anxiety
According to a study posted in both Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine and Pharmacology Review, chamomile tea and essential oil are two of the most sought-after remedies for relieving stress (source). One reason it’s such a popular ingredient in aromatherapy, candles and bath products is that inhaling its vapors has a calming effect on the nerves (source).
Chamomile tea promotes good digestion and decreases the risk of certain gastrointestinal issues. It offers a calming effect on the body and relieves cramping, constipation, acid reflux, and other digestive issues (source). It may be especially effective at reducing acidity in the digestive tract, which in turn can reduce the risk of ulcers (source). It’s gentle enough for children and pregnant women, too, and many women use it as a natural treatment for diarrhea and nausea during pregnancy.
Eases PMS Symptoms
Chamomile eases back pain, headaches and cramps associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS) (source). It can also help with moodiness and depression (other common PMS symptoms) and promote feelings of calmness and well-being.
Relieves Arthritis Pain
Studies have shown that the antioxidants in chamomile tea and oil can treat the painful, inflammatory symptoms of arthritis (source).
One study of 64 diabetic patients found that those who drank chamomile tea with meals had noteworthy improvements in their total cholesterol, triglyceride and “bad” LDL cholesterol levels, compared to those who drank water (Source).
Adverse Effects of Chamomile Tea
Drinking chamomile tea is generally safe for most people.
There have been reports of chamomile allergies, which are most likely to occur in individuals who are allergic to plants in the daisy family, such as ragweed and chrysanthemums (Source).
Furthermore, cosmetic products that contain chamomile may be irritating to the eyes if they make direct contact with them. This may lead to conjunctivitis, which is inflammation of the lining of your eye (Source).
It is also important to note that the safety of chamomile has not been established in young children, pregnant or nursing women and people with liver or kidney disease.
Nevertheless, there have not been any reports of life-threatening adverse reactions or toxicity from chamomile.
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