The Stress-Reducing, Sleep-Inducing, Skin-Improving, Hair-Caring Wonder of Chamomile
A cup of chamomile before bed is the ultimate nighttime ritual.
Check the ingredients of any off-the-shelf sleep tea blend, and you’re likely to find chamomile somewhere in there. That’s because chamomile is widely regarded as being one of the most effective herbal teas for sleep aid and stress reduction.
But don’t just take our word for it, read on for all the reasons why chamomile is the perfect calming companion for the stress-full and sleep-less among us.
So what better way to unwind than a nice relaxing cup of tea? Well, here’s a better way to unwind: a nice, extra relaxing cup of chamomile tea.
A German study found that participants who were given doses of chamomile showed a greater decrease in anxiety levels then those given a placebo. This suggests that there is indeed a measurable benefit in drinking this soothing tea.
So it could well be the case that a cup of chamomile a day keeps the stress at bay.
Drinking chamomile tea should certainly help you on the way to a better night’s sleep. It’s true that opinions are mixed on the herb’s effectiveness when it comes to combating insomnia. However, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest that it’s full of sandman magic.
But whether you believe it or not, simply drinking a warm beverage may be enough in itself to aid sleep. This is because the belief that hot drinks are soothing can create a placebo effect.
There’s also the fact that chamomile is naturally caffeine-free. So it doesn’t come with the wakeful side effects of black tea or coffee.
Buzzword alert. Chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties and is antioxidant-rich. These words, ‘anti-inflammatory’ and ’antioxidant’, might get used a lot, but it’s for a good reason.
The antioxidants present in chamomile can help to protect your skin from unfriendly environmental factors.
As strange as it sounds, it’s also been shown that directly applying chamomile extract (not tea!) to the skin can reverse the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles. It’s also good for eczema.
Topical application of chamomile can also soothe dry and irritated skin.
Just like rooibos, chamomile is one to pull out of the cupboard when you want your hair to look and feel its best.
The first thing to mention is that the anti-inflammatory properties of chamomile can help to relieve irritated scalps. This is great news for both head and hair alike. And a quick Google search will show you just how much chamomile shampoo is out there on the market.
Not only can chamomile make your hair more radiant, but it may also serve to combat dandruff. It’s hydrating effect, which leads to less irritation (as mentioned above), could have the knock-on effect of less itching.
So, you’ve read about some of its positive effects, now how about serving up a lovely cup of chamomile tea (the best way, in our opinion, the incorporate this wonderful herb into your life)? And if your cupboards are empty, worry not, you can pick up a box of our Calming Chamomile Herbal Tea and start feeling better all round today!