Chamomile tea has a soft, somewhat sickly floral taste. You gotta love that. Just persevere, because it is packed with antioxidants and provides many unexpected health benefits. Research shows that it really gives your immune system a big boost.
The chamomile plant originates from Southern Europe, but nowadays you can also find it in parts of South America, Australia and New Zealand. Chamomile likes sunny open spaces.
The tea is made from dried chamomile flowers. There are many types of chamomile. German chamomile (Matricaria Recutita) and Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum Nobile) are usually used in tea.
Chamomile tea is good for your health. This source of antioxidants helps solve a wide range of ailments. And your skin can improve.
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Toothache, pain due to infections, arthritis: Drinking chamomile appears to have a beneficial effect on these ailments due to its anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to reduce pain.
Chamomile tea does not contain caffeine, which can disrupt your sleep patterns. So you can safely drink a cup of it in the evening. In addition, chamomile naturally has a calming effect. So two birds with one chamomile stone. You can also benefit from this calming effect if you have a hectic week ahead. Or if you want to relax after an exciting day. Chamomile is even said to have a calming effect on the gastrointestinal area, making it easier to digest food.
Old school, but effective: You can very well steam with chamomile to open your nose if you have the flu or a cold. This is how you do it: Place a tea bag or a handful of loose chamomile in a bowl and pour hot water over it. Keep your head above it and use a towel as a tent. Allow the released vapors to work on you for ten minutes. Additional advantage: your skin is now ‘open’, so you can easily empty any blackheads and sebum-clogged pores afterwards.
More anti-flu advice can be found here and here.