12 Best Benefits of Chamomile Tea

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated - Medically reviewed by Vanessa Voltolina (MS, RD)

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Chamomile tea or manzanilla tea is a popular variety of tea that is loaded with antioxidants. The top health benefits of chamomile tea include the ability to regulate sleep, aid in digestion, boost immunity, protect the skin, lower stress levels, and soothe menstrual cramps. Due to its anti-inflammatory nature, it also helps assuage diarrhea and bloating.

What is Chamomile Tea?

Derived from the Asteraceae family of plants, dried chamomile flowers are used for different natural remedies and healing poultices. Their most popular form is tea.

The Spanish name for this tea is manzanilla tea. These plants come in many forms, so chamomile tea found in one part of the world may not be exactly the same as somewhere else, but the fundamental components are quite similar and provide similar effects.

Studies have found that German chamomile flowers tend to have the strongest concentrations of beneficial compounds and nutrients that can be imparted to those who drink this popular tea on a regular basis.

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Chamomile tea has a pleasant earthy and floral taste. It is well-known for its health benefits. The presence of flavonoids, sesquiterpenes, (often associated with antiseptic, antibacterial, or anti-inflammatory properties) and other powerful antioxidants in this tea have significant effects on the human body.

While it is commonly consumed as a beverage, chamomile extract is also used in capsules and aromatherapy oils. Chamomile lotion is topically applied in certain cases to get relief from various skin problems. Baby products such as soaps, shampoos, and wipes are popular due to their soothing nature.

Nutrition Facts

Beverages, tea, herb, brewed, chamomile
Serving Size :
NutrientValue
Water [g]99.7
Energy [kcal]1
Energy [kJ]4
Ash [g]0.01
Carbohydrate, by difference [g]0.2
Calcium, Ca [mg]2
Iron, Fe [mg]0.08
Magnesium, Mg [mg]1
Potassium, K [mg]9
Sodium, Na [mg]1
Zinc, Zn [mg]0.04
Copper, Cu [mg]0.02
Manganese, Mn [mg]0.04
Thiamin [mg]0.01
Riboflavin [mg]0
Pantothenic acid [mg]0.01
Folate, total [µg]1
Folate, food [µg]1
Folate, DFE [µg]1
Vitamin A, RAE [µg]1
Carotene, beta [µg]12
Vitamin A, IU [IU]20
Fatty acids, total saturated [g]0
16:0 [g]0
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated [g]0
18:1 [g]0
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated [g]0.01
18:2 [g]0
18:3 [g]0
Sources include : USDA

Chamomile Tea Nutrition

According to USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, chamomile tea contains negligible amounts of many vitamins and minerals potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium, thiamin, riboflavin, and vitamin A. Other nutrients include folate, iron, and zinc. One cup (237 ml) of brewed chamomile tea provides 2 kcal of energy, 0.47 g of carbohydrates.

To make the tea, read our Freshly Brewed Chamomile Tea Recipe.

Health Benefits

Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of drinking chamomile tea.

Induces Sleep

According to research published in The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, chamomile tea can be used as an overall sleep aid, particularly for people who struggle with sleep apnea and restless sleep. Drinking a warm cup of non-caffeinated chamomile tea can help you fall asleep faster and wake up feeling more refreshed. It is highly recommended for new mothers post-childbirth to improve the quality of their sleep.

You can know more about 7 Best Teas For A Good Night’s Sleep here.

Chamomile tea in a white cup and chamomile flowers on a table

A soothing cup of chamomile tea is great for putting yourself to sleep. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Reduces Inflammation

If you are suffering from stomach irritation, ranging anywhere from mild bloating to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms, chamomile tea can be a major help. The strong antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties of chamomile are highly effective in treating stomach and intestinal cramps. Consuming manzanilla tea regularly can help in lessen problems like IBS, nausea, muscle spasms, stomach flu, and gastroenteritis. According to information from Kathi J Kemper, MD, MPH, Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center, it has anti-inflammatory properties that help ease the twisting nature of your gut and allow for the passage of gas and smoother bowel movements. It also alleviates stomach ulcer pains and spasms.

Anticancer Potential

According to research conducted in the Department of Urology & Nutrition of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, antioxidant apigenin present in chamomile can help fight various cancer cells, including cancer of the breast, digestive tract, skin, prostate, and uterus. Another study published in the European Journal of Public Health found that drinking chamomile tea helps prevent thyroid cancer.

Manages Diabetes

Research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry has shown that chamomile tea can be useful for people suffering from diabetes. By helping lower blood sugar levels and regulating the amount of insulin in the blood, the powerful organic chemicals in it help to eliminate massive drops and spikes in blood sugar, as per another study published in the Journal of Endocrinological Investigation in 2015.

Promotes Heart Health

Research published from Tufts University in Boston, MA, reveals that chamomile tea helps lower blood pressure and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, making your heart healthier. Another research study reveals that it also reduces the occurrence of various cardiovascular issues.

Boosts Immune System

The phenolic compounds present in chamomile tea helps to strengthen your immune system and ward off infections. The other compounds present in chamomile tea also fights cold, flu, and sinus issues, ultimately, relieving congestion.

Read more about Decoding The Healthiest Tea here.

Relieves Stress & Anxiety

One of the most popular uses of manzanilla tea is in providing relief from stress and anxiety. After a long day at work, the warm, soothing nature of this beverage can help increase the levels of serotonin and melatonin in your body. These hormones can successfully eliminate stress and worry.

According to a U.S. Journal, it also provides relief from migraines and headaches. As imbibing this tea is also relaxing, it can help slow down your mind and eliminate the classic symptoms of anxiety. One to two cups of chamomile tea per day can significantly act against chronic stress. Research suggests that chamomile tea can also help relieve the symptoms of depression in postpartum women.

Health benefits of chamomile tea infographic

Did you know that the Spanish name for this tea is manzanilla tea?

Skin Care

Due to the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich nature of chamomile tea, it is not exclusively used as a beverage. The topical application of manzanilla tea alleviates irritations and even skin conditions such as eczema.

It can also significantly improve healing and lessen the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles on the face. By eliminating oxidative stress and boosting the immune response, it can do wonders for your skin.

Prevents Osteoporosis

Chamomile extract helps to stimulate the activity of osteoblasts, the cells which build bones. Thus, the tea can help increase bone density and may mediate the detrimental effects of osteoporosis.

Relieves Menstrual Pain

The anti-inflammatory nature of chamomile tea makes this relaxant a popular choice for women dealing with the symptoms of menstruation, think bloating, cramping, anxiety, sweating, inability to sleep, and mood swings.

Anti-allergic Properties

Chamomile tea can help modulate the immune response to allergens in the body. By working as an antihistamine, it can soothe these allergic reactions throughout the body.

Hemorrhoids

Along with providing a soothing effect, chamomile tea also helps with hemorrhoids and seizures.

Word of Caution: Caution is advised to pregnant and breastfeeding women as excessive consumption of this tea may result in a miscarriage. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) it can cause allergic reactions and can also lead to drowsiness, eye irritation, vomiting, and nausea. So, always drink in this tea in moderation. You can learn more about the Top 4 Chamomile Tea Side Effects here.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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