What is Chamomile tea?
Chamomile tea is made from the plant chamomile (also known as Matricaria recutita) producing small white flowers. It is a herbal infusion, known for its good relaxing properties and improving sleep and anxiety. Chamomile contains chemicals called flavonoids(a nutrient found in many plants) which play a huge role in chamomile’s reported medical effects. Chamomile has been used for its health and cosmetic benefits which dates back to Ancient Egypt.
How to brew chamomile tea?
Use 1 tablespoon of loose chamomile tea and let it steep in 80°c water for around 4 minutes. This can either be done in a saucepan or kettle. Strain the flowers and pour hot tea into a cup.
You can also make cold chamomile tea using cold water and leaving it in the fridge for 12 hours.
Chamomile tea Harvest
Where does chamomile tea come from?
Chamomile comes from the Asteraceae plant family. The two essential varieties of Chamomile are the German and Roman varieties.
You can grow your own chamomile plant as long as it is planted in a prepared soil bed and receives at least 8 hours of direct sunlight a day.
Does chamomile tea have caffeine?
Chamomile tea is completely caffeine free making it a good alternative to other teas and coffees. It is also has natural sleeping effects, ensuring a restful night of sleep.
Why does chamomile tea make you sleepy?
Chamomile is suggested to have mild sedative properties which aids sleep. Drink a cup of chamomile tea 45 minutes before bed if you’re hoping to induce relaxation and tiredness.
What does chamomile tea taste like?
Chamomile has a sweet, mild taste and is caffeine free. The tea tastes silky but also fresh and floral, with a crisp apple flavour. Chamomile gets its name from the Greek words “chamai melon,” meaning ground apple. You can always add milk, honey or a sweetener like lime to the chamomile tea but it may alter the original taste.
What are the suggested health benefits of Chamomile tea?
Mild sedative – it is fabulous to drink at night to encourage a night of better quality sleep
Reducing Inflammation – may help with conditions such as arthritis and autoimmune disorders
Helping with colds – studies suggest inhaling chamomile can relieve symptoms of colds. As it contains anti-inflammatory properties, try ringing your flannel out in our Chamomile Tea and leaving it on your face for a while – perfect for pepping up skin and relieving tired eyes!