We all know that chamomile makes you sleepy…but are there other chamomile tea benefits? I diffuse Roman Chamomile and Surrender essential oils nightly and I do notice a difference when I’m lazy about this. This started me doing some heavy research. I wanted to know what else chamomile tea can do for us and was surprised because of all the health benefits!
Chamomile Tea Benefits That Will Surprise You
Well for starters, chamomile has been used as an herbal remedy for thousands of years, in fact, it was widely used in Egypt, Greece, and Rome to help stomach issues.
What Is Chamomile?
Chamomile is a European plant that belongs to the daisy family, with white and yellow daisy-like flowers. The flowers are often dried and used to make herbal infusions, teas, tonics, and tinctures.
There are two types of chamomile that are used as medicinal herbs nowadays: Roman Chamomile and German Chamomile. German Chamomile is more widely used than Roman Chamomile, though they do have slightly different properties.
Often, chamomile tea is used to help with complaints such as insomnia and stomach irritations, though there are a number of other uses for chamomile tea that you may not know of.
Surprising Chamomile Tea Benefits
Although you’ve probably long associated chamomile tea with sleep and stomach issues, don’t be surprised when someone advises you to use it in an unconventional way. Chamomile tea benefits include:
- Soothing anxiety
- Reducing muscle aches
- Treating wounds, burns, and scrapes
- Help with skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis
- Stomach flu
- Period cramps (yes, those)
- Stomach flu
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Lightening skin tone
- Dark circle reduction
- Reducing rashes
- Reduce swelling
- Getting rid of dandruff
- Lightening hair
- Boosting immunity
- Getting rid of wrinkles
For all of these remedies, it’s recommended that you drink chamomile tea throughout the day. Though, for more topical concerns, such as underage circles, dark spots, and hair, it is recommended that you apply cool tea (or chamomile tea bags) directly to the area in question.
Be Picky About Your Chamomile Tea
I love using chamomile tea to help me sleep and to help with my dark circles, but like all things, I’m a bit picky about where I source my tea. I recently discovered Tea Forte, which specializes in organic, well-sourced teas.
I’m currently obsessed with their Chamomile Citron loose tea. It’s amazing. If you’re applying the tea topically, I recommend purchasing dried German Chamomile flowers and steeping them yourself using cheesecloth.
Chamomile Essential Oil
I get it. Not everyone likes chamomile tea. That’s okay!
If steeping and cooling tea isn’t your thing (or if the mere thought of drinking chamomile tea all day has your head drooping), you can also use essential oils.
Roman Chamomile is widely used to help promote feelings of relaxation, and I apply it to the bottoms of our feet before bed each night.
Both oils smell divine plus they can help support your family’s wellness when used correctly.
If you’d like to try essential oils, I recommend that you start with a multi-pack because it’s a great way to get your feet wet, so to speak, and will let you experience a wide range of oils. Don’t forget a diffuser to help with that whole keeping calm when the kids are fighting thing.