Come summer and the Camomile flower blooms, bright and golden like the sun, sweet and smoky in fragrance and soft and delicate in texture. When the beautiful blossoms are gathered together and dried in warm sunlight, they transform into the tisane that is loved by tea aficionados all over the world. The wonderful, caffeine-free tea, created out of the dried flowers, can lull you into serenity and invoke the gods of slumber, due to the flavonoid, chrysin that is found in the plant. What’s more, it is also packed with anti-oxidants and curative properties that can gently transform the body and soothe the soul. Want a health makeover this season? Check out the many wonders of Camomile in this compilation of all its unique properties…
The word, Camomile, derived from a Greek word that means earth-apple, belongs to the family Asteraceae. It is a daisy-like plant that is usually found in southern and eastern Europe and western Asia and is also the national flower of Russia. The Romans were the first to investigate the plant closely and use it for medicinal purposes.
Over time, it became a beverage that we now call Camomile tea, and due to its lovely fragrance, it also became an oil that formed the base of many perfumes and cosmetic products. According to folklore, Camomile attracts money and good fortune and is often used around the house to bring in good times. It is believed that the ancient Egyptians loved Camomile tea due to its healing powers and it was a sacred herb as it symbolises their sun god, Ra.
Camomile tea contains a veritable cocktail of excellent ingredients, ranging from essential oil, flavonoids, phytosterols, vitamins, minerals and so much more. So, when it comes together in a glorious cup of tea, it gives you health benefits that far surpasses other teas. It has been used for centuries to promote sleep and settle the stomach.
The tea works in multiple ways to help your body. It is beneficial, not just to fight disease but to also prevent them. It is known to fight harmful bacteria and has the ability to boost the immune system. It reduces cramps and decreases inflammation in the body. This unique tisane can aid in digestion, prevent stomach ulcers, reduce acidity in the stomach and treat several stomach-related ailments.
One of the best properties of Camomile is its ability to reduce stress and help you sleep. It is a gentle relaxant and a natural sedative. If you suffer from insomnia, you might find a solution in a cup of Camomile tea taken half an hour before bedtime. It can also help you relax during a very stressful day at work or at home.
One of the properties of Camomile tea is the fact that it offers immunity from disease and can promote overall health and well-being. This could be due to the antioxidant apigenin which reduces the risk of a number of diseases. It can release muscle tension that triggers headaches, which is why it is an effective cure for migraine. The tea can increase the production of white blood cells and thereby overpower germs. It can also give you glowing skin as it nourishes the skin cells internally.
If you want to brew a perfect cup of Camomile tea, bring the water to a boil and pour into teacup. Let the Camomile tea steep in the water for a while till the goodness of the tea infuses into the brew. Some people even cover the cup or a teapot for a while so that the tea can release its oils and enhance the medicinal benefits of the tea. You can add some honey or sugar, though it is perfectly sweet without any additives.
So, if you are looking for a tea that can change the state of your health and keep you physically and mentally blissful, try a cup of Camomile. It is truly the brew that soothes and the only tea that can pave the way for a calm and restful summer.