Helping with poor digestion, calming and reducing anxiety are some of the benefits of Chamomile tea, which can be prepared using the dried flowers of the plant or the sachets you buy at the supermarket.
Chamomile tea can be prepared only with this medicinal plant or in a combination of plants, such as fennel and mint. The scientific name of chamomile is Matricaria recutita , also commonly known as Margaça, Chamomile-common, Common chamomile, Macela-noble, Macela-galega or simply chamomile. Learn all about chamomile.
Benefits and Properties of Chamomile Tea
The main benefits of Chamomile tea include:
- Decreases hyperactivity;
- Calms and helps you relax;
- Relieves stress;
- Assists in the treatment of anxiety;
- Improves the feeling of poor digestion;
- Relieves nausea;
- Relieves menstrual cramps;
- Helps in the treatment of wounds and inflammations;
- Soothes and removes impurities from the skin.
Chamomile tea is the most common way to use this plant, which can also be associated with honey, fennel or peppermint, thus combining different benefits.
Chamomile Tea Recipes
Teas can be prepared using only dried Chamomile flowers or blends made using other teas, according to the taste and the desired benefits.
1. Tea to calm and relax
Dry Chamomile tea has relaxing and slightly sedative properties that help treat insomnia, relax and treat anxiety and nervousness. In addition, this tea can also help to reduce cramps and spasms during menstruation.
- 2 teaspoons of dried Chamomile flowers.
- 1 cup of water.
Preparation mode :
In 250 ml of boiling water add the 2 teaspoons of dried chamomile flowers. Cover, let stand for about 10 minutes and strain before drinking. This tea should be drunk 3 times a day, and if necessary it can be sweetened with a teaspoon of honey.
In addition, to increase the relaxing and sedative effect of this tea, a teaspoon of dry catnip can be added and, according to the pediatrician’s indication, this tea can be used by babies and children to reduce fever, anxiety and nervousness.
2. Tea to treat poor digestion and fight gases
Chamomile tea with fennel and alteia root has an action that reduces inflammation and calms the stomach, also helping to reduce gas, acidity in the stomach and regulate the intestine.
- 1 teaspoon of dried chamomile;
- 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds ;
- 1 teaspoon of millefeuille;
- 1 teaspoon chopped high root;
- 1 teaspoon of filipendula;
- 500 ml of boiling water.
To 500 ml of boiling water add the mixture and cover. Let stand for about 5 minutes and strain before drinking. This tea should be drunk 2 to 3 times a day or whenever necessary.
3. Chamomile tea to refresh tired and swollen eyes
Dry chamomile tea with crushed fennel seeds and dried elderflower when applied to the eyes helps to refresh and reduce your swelling.
- 1 tablespoon of dried chamomile;
- 1 tablespoon of crushed fennel seeds;
- 1 tablespoon of dried elderberries;
- 500 mL of boiling water.
To 500 ml of boiling water add the mixture and cover. Let stand for about 10 minutes, strain and place in the refrigerator.
This tea should be applied to the eyes using a moistened flannel, applied over the closed eyes for 10 minutes whenever necessary. In addition, this tea can also be used to help treat vaginal infections, to soothe and reduce inflammation of the skin in cases of irritation, eczema or insect bites or it can also be used to treat psoriasis.
4. Chamomile tea to soothe sore throat
Dry Chamomile tea can also be used to help soothe irritated and sore throat pain, due to its inflammation-reducing properties.
- 1 teaspoon of dried Chamomile flowers;
- 1 cup of boiling water.
Add the Chamomile to a cup of boiling water and let stand until cool. This tea should be used to gargle the throat, and can be used whenever necessary. In addition, it can also be used to facilitate the healing of gingivitis and stomatitis.
5. Tea to calm nausea
Dry chamomile tea with raspberry or peppermint helps to relieve nausea and nausea.
- 1 teaspoon of dried chamomile ( matricaria recutita )
- 1 teaspoon of dried peppermint or raspberry leaves ;
- 1 cup of boiling water.
Add the mixture to a cup of tea with boiling water. Cover, let stand for about 10 minutes and strain before drinking. This tea can be drunk 3 times a day or according to need, however during pregnancy you must ensure that you are taking chamomile tea ( matricaria recutita ) because this plant can be used safely during pregnancy, while the type Roman chamomile ( Chamaemelum nobile ) should not be consumed in pregnancy as it may cause uterine contraction.
6. Tea to relieve flu and cold symptoms
Dry Chamomile tea helps to relieve symptoms of sinusitis, inflammation in the nose and colds and flu, due to its properties that reduce inflammation.
- 6 teaspoons of Chamomile flowers;
- 2 liters of boiling water.
Add the dried flowers to 1 to 2 liters of boiling water, cover and let stand for about 5 minutes.
The steam from the tea should be inhaled deeply for about 10 minutes and for the best result you should place your face over the cup and cover your head with a large towel.
In addition, chamomile can be used in other forms besides tea, such as cream or ointment, essential oil, lotion or tincture. When used in the form of a cream or ointment, Chamomile is a great option to treat some skin problems, such as psoriasis, helping to cleanse the skin and reduce inflammation.