When Should You Drink Chamomile Tea

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Chamomile tea is very popular for its soothing properties and pleasant taste. However, many of us don’t quite know how to use it or when to take it. If you are planning to drink chamomile tea regularly, you should also know about its side-effects. So, if you are wondering when should you drink chamomile tea or any other queries, read on for our detailed FAQ.

When Should You Drink Chamomile Tea?

Chamomile tea is perfectly safe to drink at any time of the day. Because of its soothing properties you may want to drink it before bedtime. Research shows that chamomile tea can help one sleep better. But since chamomile tea may induce drowsiness, it is best to avoid drinking it before driving, operating heavy machinery, or before taking up any strenuous task. Keep in mind that chamomile tea is caffeine-free and hence, can be taken in the afternoon or the evening. [1]

A cup of hot drink and book on a bed

Chamomile tea is best enjoyed before bed-time. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Does it Have Caffeine?

Like almost all herbal teas, chamomile tea contains no caffeine. It is made from the flowers of the dried chamomile plant, which is naturally caffeine-free. But just to be sure, always check the label and buy organic herbal tea.

You can get more options with our article on 6 Best Caffeine-Free Teas.

Does it Make You Sleepy?

Chamomile tea is considered a mild relaxant and sleep inducer. Multiple researchers have found that it can help one sleep better. A 2017 randomized-controlled trial with 60 elderly people found that chamomile extract significantly improved the quality of their sleep. In another study, postnatal women with poor sleep problems reported reduced effects of sleep inefficiency and depression after they took chamomile tea. However, these effects became less potent with time, suggesting that one may get used to its sleep-inducing effect. [2] [3]

What is Chamomile Tea Good For?

Chamomile tea is best known for its soothing and relaxing properties. But it can also help in boosting your immune system, relieving menstrual pain, preventing osteoporosis, and promoting heart health. Research has also indicated that it may have anticancer potential and can be beneficial for people with diabetes.

To read these in detail, refer to our article on the 12 Best Benefits of Chamomile Tea.

How Much Chamomile Tea Can You Drink in A Day?

There is no standard dose or measurement of how much chamomile tea you can drink a day. It is best to stay between one to four cups in a day. Most research studies are based on a dosage of up to 1,600 milligrams a day, but in capsule form.

Is it Ok to Drink Chamomile Tea Every Day?

Yes, it is perfectly safe to drink it every day. A soothing cup of this tea every day can enhance its effects on your health. However, it must be kept in mind that we still don’t know the long-term effects of drinking chamomile tea. So, if you are taking it every day, it’s best to take a break after 2 months.

To know more about the different teas available in the market today, read our Beginner’s Guide To Types Of Tea. If it’s herbal teas that you prefer, you can read about more options in our article on 15 Best Herbal Teas & Their Health Benefits.

How to Make It?

The simplest way to make the tea is by infusing a chamomile tea bag in hot water. Do not add any milk, sugar, or other additives. It is a delicate tea and is best enjoyed as a light brew. If you can, buy your tea or tea bags from an organic source.

Do read our Freshly Brewed Chamomile Tea Recipe to know the best way to make it.

What are the Side Effects of Chamomile Tea?

Like everything, chamomile tea can also have side-effects. Apart from inducing drowsiness, some people may have an allergic reaction to chamomile. You should also check for drug interactions if you are on any medication. It may also pose the risk of miscarriage for pregnant women.

Read our article on Top 4 Chamomile Tea Side Effects for more details.

What does Chamomile Tea Taste Like?

The chamomile flower carries the rather surprising flavor of crisp apples and the tea reflects the same pleasant flavor. Chamomile tea has an earthy, floral flavor which is quite enjoyable. It is a delicate flavor of the chamomile tea has a slight sweetness that does not require any other additives.

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Paromita Datta covers the latest health and wellness trends for Organic Facts. An ex-journalist who specialized in health and entertainment news, Paromita was responsible for managing a health supplement for The New Indian Express, a leading national daily in India. She has completed her post-graduation in Business Administration from the University of Rajasthan and her diploma in journalism from YMCA, Delhi. She has completed an e-course, Introduction to Food and Health, from Stanford University, US.

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