You may not be aware of the many benefits of chamomile tea... but, if you love herbal teas, you most likely need no introduction to delicious chamomile tea!
Chamomile (which can also be spelled 'camomile') is a centuries-old, cure-all herb renowned for its ability to help and heal a multitude of health concerns and ailments. And, current research about the benefits of chamomile is confirming what traditional medicine has known for so many years about chamomile.
Here are more current research findings about this beneficial herb and the lovely, fragrant tisane made from chamomile.
A 2005 study found that regular consumption of chamomile tea is a powerful immune-system booster!
The 14 study participants drank 5 cups of chamomile tea (made from German chamomile) each day for 2 consecutive weeks.
Research results showed that drinking chamomile tea increases antibacterial activity, which improves the immune system and helps fight infections, such as the common cold.
Even better, this study showed that enjoying chamomile tea has long-lasting effects - its benefits stayed with the study participants for up to 2 weeks after they stopped their daily consumption of this fragrant herbal tea.
That's not all this study revealed about chamomile tea - read on to learn more about why chamomile tea may be a good choice for you during that time of the month!
Traditional medicine also promotes chamomile tea as an effective remedy for the discomfort of troublesome menstrual cramps, and the previous study confirmed this much-appreciated benefit of chamomile tea.
The study showed that adding chamomile tea to your daily routine can increase the amount of glycine (an amino acid) in your body. Higher levels of glycine lessen muscle spasms and also encourage your body (including the uterus) to relax, which could explain why chamomile tea helps to relieve menstrual cramps.
Increased glycine levels can benefit your mental health, too, by reducing anxiety.
The research abstract for this study can be found here, if you'd like to learn more about this research targeting the benefits of chamomile tea.
In 2011, a study at Islamic Azad University in Abadan, Iran, compared a German chamomile solution with a steroid ointment in helping to manage and heal peristomal skin lesions in colostomy patients.
The 72 patients involved in this study, most of whom had their stoma for over a year, sought assistance in caring for peristomal skin lesions.
The participants were randomly assigned to one of two treatment groups. Twice per day, one group was treated with a hydrocortisone ointment, while the other group was treated with a chamomile compress.
For the 28 days of the study, patient lesions were assessed every third day.
Research results showed that the skin lesions healed far more quickly with the chamomile compress than with the steroid ointment. The chamomile compress was also much more effective than the steroid ointment in relieving the inflammation, itch, and pain of the skin lesions.
And, as the researchers pointed out, the chamomile treatment also eliminated the side effects or risks associated with long-term steroid use.
If you're interested, please read more about this interesting study here.
Believe it or not, there's more... You'll find more information about chamomile tea research here. Or, if the research side of things isn't really your 'cup of tea,' you can learn more about chamomile tea benefits (without the research details) here.
So many herbal teas are brimming with benefits, but the many ways chamomile tea supports health and wellness are truly amazing.
If you've been considering adding a new herbal tisane to your ever-growing tea stash, do consider chamomile! (Just be sure to read about chamomile tea cautions and potential side effects first!)
From boosting your immune system to relieving anxiety to soothing a troubled tummy and much more, chamomile is an all-around powerhouse tea. Its soothing fragrance will provide you with a quick aromatherapeutic lift, as well!