Chamomile or Camomile is the common name for several daisy-like plants of the family Asteraceae.

(Chamomile flowers garden at Future Generation Co. Ltd. factory)

To make chamomile tea, the flowers are dried and then infused into hot water.

The tea is most commonly known for its calming effects and frequently used as a sleep aid. The potential benefits of chamomile tea, for which there is the most evidence, include the following:

1.   Reducing menstrual pain

Several studies have linked chamomile tea to reduced severity of menstrual cramps, less anxiety and distress associated with period pain.

2. Treating diabetes and lowering blood sugar

Again, some studies have found that chamomile tea can lower blood sugar in people with diabetes. Research does not show that chamomile is a viable substitute for diabetes medications, but it may be a helpful supplement to existing treatments.

3. Slowing or preventing osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is the progressive loss of bone density. This loss increases the risk of broken bones and stooped posture. A 2004 study found that chamomile tea might have anti-estrogenic effects.

4. Reducing inflammation

Inflammation is an immune system reaction to fight infection. Chamomile tea contains chemical compounds that may reduce inflammation.

5. Cancer treatment and prevention

Some studies suggest that chamomile tea may target cancer cells, or even prevent those cells from developing in the first place. However, research so far is inconclusive, and scientists say more work is needed to prove chamomile’s anti-cancer claims.

6. Helping with sleep and relaxation

Chamomile tea is widely thought to help people relax and fall asleep. In one review of the current evidence, 10 of 12 cardiovascular patients are quoted as having fallen asleep shortly after consuming chamomile tea. A handful of other studies looking at clinical models also suggest that chamomile tea may help people relax.

Some research suggests that chamomile binds to benzodiazepine receptors. Benzodiazepines are prescription drugs that can reduce anxiety and induce sleep.

7. Treating cold symptoms

Some studies suggest that inhaling steam with chamomile extract can relieve some of the symptoms of the common cold such as a runny nose and sore throat.

8. Treatment for mild skin conditions

1987 study found that applying chamomile extract directly to a wound assisted healing. Likewise, a few studies have found that chamomile ointments may help with eczema and mild inflammatory skin conditions, although they are not as effective as hydrocortisone cream.

People with a history of severe allergies, particularly to pollens or chamomile products, infants and very young children are recommend to avoid chamomile. But in general, people can try chamomile tea as a supplement for incremental health improvements. Cozy Chamomile Tea, a product of Future Generation Co. Ltd. can be found in supermarkets, grocery stores and online shop throughout Vietnam.

-Gina –