Chamomile: The Tea with the Soothing Touch

This mild tea is the proverbial good genie in a cup that can soothe menstrual cramps, stress and boost immunity

Kalyani Sardesai

This is one tea that can regulate sleep, reduce stress, soothe those pesky PMS symptoms, rev up your immunity, treat gastrointestinal issues and manage diabetes. 

One of the best-known varieties of tea available in the market, chamomile tea is derived from the Asteraceae family of plants. The flowers of this plant are dried to make the tea. Interestingly, these plants come in different varieties depending on where they have been grown so chamomile tea varies from region to region. But the goodness remains fundamentally the same.

As per a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, the therapeutic benefits of drinking chamomile tea include relaxed muscles and a boost to the immune system. The same study reports that chamomile tea acts as a sedative and helps fight infections associated with the common cold. The study found that the plant-based compounds Phenolics are abundant in chamomile tea and boost immunity significantly.

Senior homoeopath Dr. Sharlene Benjers, with over 40 years of experience in decoding hair and skin troubles as well as gynaecological problems, says chamomile is not only a regular constituent of her homeo-herbal products but is also a great way to help women with menstrual cramps. "Drinking the tea on a regular basis helps," says the doctor who has practised in Mumbai, Pune, and UAE and was also former RMO to the iconic gynaecologist RP Soonawala. 

Apart from this, it's a great drink for to-be moms. Chamomile tea during pregnancy helps to keep the nerves calm. With regular use, you could even be saying goodbye to haemorrhoids in the long run. Pregnancy affects a woman’s sleep cycle but this beverage can help you sleep well, she adds.

Delhi-based Aditi Sethi agrees, "I began drinking chamomile for its nutritional benefits. Truth be told I hated it first. Also, I didn't ever think it could really reduce PMS or stress. But I stayed on it for over a month. It does work, for sure. Also, having become used to it, I don't want to drink the other classical teas. Chamomile is mild and soothing, a far cry from the kadak cuppas most others seem to relish."

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