Recently, the pollen count has been very high, and I have been struggling to keep my sneezes out of class, not being successful all the time with a sneeze even interrupting a meditation. I am sure some of you know what I am talking about. Last week, I woke up at 5:30am with an itchy nose and I couldn’t get back to sleep. I tackle the issue by drinking a cup of chamomile tea which it is a natural antihistaminic, I read somewhere.
As a child in Spain, I often heard that chamomile tea was good for indigestion, conjunctivitis and skin conditions, so I decided to research chamomile tea, and found that it helps with the following issues:
- Anxiety and insomnia
Many researchers believe that chamomile tea may function like a benzodiazepine. Benzodiazepines are prescription drugs that can reduce anxiety and induce sleep. If you are like me, who likes staying away from medication as much as possible, this could be a good alternative.
- Hay fever
According to Chinese medicine, hay fever indicates that there is heat in the body. Chamomile tea has a cooling effect on the body, which relieves the symptoms of hay fever, even when you drink it hot. You can also keep the bags and used them to sooth your itchy eyes.
Chamomile tea relieves symptoms of conjunctivitis, including red, itchy, irritated eyes. As we have seen before, tea bags can be applied directly to the eyes.
Even though my granny used to warn me that drinking too much chamomile tea could not be good for me, she always suggested a cuppa if I had an aching stomach. Chamomile tea works for most “tummy” aches because it relaxes the intestinal muscles and reduces gastrointestinal inflammation. It helps with cholic, gastritis and nausea. So let’s keep it in mind for our stomach bugs. It might help with that too.
- Slows down or prevents osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is the progressive loss of bone density. Anyone can develop osteoporosis, but it is most common among post-menopausal women. This tendency may be due to the effects of estrogen.
A 2004 study found that chamomile tea might have anti-estrogenic effects. It also helped promote bone density, but the study’s authors caution that further research is needed to prove this apparent benefit.
- Skin problems
Research has found that chamomile ointments may help with eczema and mild inflammatory skin conditions. It is said to be a good exfoliant as it tends to get rid of dead skin cells.
Please note that I am not a doctor and I am only sharing this information as a curiosity and in case it may help you with mild and temporary symptoms. If your condition persists or you have a negative reaction to chamomile tea, stop using it straight away. We are all different and we need different things for our bodies.