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Benefits of Chamomile tea


Should you drink a glass of chamomile tea before bed? 

Chamomile has been used since ancient times for many medicinal reasons. Now varieties of this great herb can be found at just about any supermarket.  Chamomile preparations have been commonly used for ailments such as upset stomach, inflammation, insomnia and even hay fever.  The essential oils of chamomile can be found in cosmetic products.  However, the use most commonly thought of for this spectacular herb is tea brewed from dried flowers from the Matricaria species.

Chamomile tea can be consumed to help calm upset stomach or as an evening beverage to help you get to sleep.  Common recommendations are for you to drink a warm, freshly brewed cup of chamomile tea 30 minutes before bed. Sedative effects of chamomile tea may be due to the flavonoid, apigenin which binds to benzodiazepine receptors in the brain.

Should you try chamomile tea if you are having trouble sleeping?

There are many steps you can take to ensure you get the most rest possible during bed time. Cutting out caffeine in the afternoon is a great first step. Also be certain you have a mattress and sleep environment that provides good support and pressure relief so it fits you is the first step. If you are not able to be comfortable while you sleep your body will not be able to sleep well.

Chamomile tea can help to eleviate your mind to get the rest you deserve, but there is more than just being able to fall asleep.Many of the aches and pains we suffer with are caused while we sleep on an uncomfortable mattress. If you get a good mattress for your needs and let your body wind down for bed you are setting yourself up for success. Perhaps a warm mug of chamomile tea 30 minutes before bed would be the perfect signal to your brain that it’s time for bed.

Is chamomile safe? (From webmd)

“The pollen found in chamomile preparations may cause allergic reactions. If you are allergic to ragweed pollen, you may not be able to use chamomile. Chamomile may interfere with blood thinners (anticoagulants).

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