Herbs and Spices

Chamomile - 8 Benefits of Chamomile Tea

Chamomile - 8 Benefits of Chamomile Tea

Chamomile, such as that which comprises Family Tea's St. Eve Chamomile Tea, are a known to be one of the oldest and most relied upon herbs known to mankind.  Two primary varieties are used including the German and Roman varieties, though they are both similarly used.  We mix them both for maximum effect.

German Chamomile

  • Maintains normal skin; calms dry, irritated or flaky skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, or dermatitis; promotes healing and regeneration of damaged skin tissue.
  • Stimulates liver, kidneys and gall bladder to improve digestion, remove toxins and infections.
  • Calms mind and body for menstrual and menopausal problems, including PMS.

Roman Chamomile

  • Contains high level of esters and is antispasmodic, anti-fungal and highly calming.
  • Provides restful sleep, relief from sore muscles, arthritis, headaches and migraines.
  • Effective at calming irritation and mood swings. For children, it’s useful for teething, colic, and temper tantrums.

8 Benefits of Chamomile Tea

One cup of chamomile tea [without sweetener] has 1-2 calories, almost zero sodium and no cholesterol.  For the benefits it provides, there's hardly a better deal.

Fights Depression and Anxiety

Inhaling vapors from chamomile is often recommended to relieve anxiety and general depression.  Breathe the steam while you are drinking it or make a tea and put it in a diffuser, or even put it in a potpourri pot to bring these aromas into the air and fill the room with amazing smells that provide aromatherapy results.  This is one of the reasons why chamomile oils are sometimes used in candles and used by spas to promote general relaxation.


Chamomile has often been called a natural aspirin because it alleviates pain, swelling, and promotes healing of body tissues.  As used in some of our other Healthy Steeps, chamomile is a part of MIGRAINE HEADACHE EASE, COLD AND FLU SEASON, SLEEP WELL, and our INFLAMMATION REDUX.  

May Help to Fight Cancer 

Several recent studies have shown that chamomile may well have properties that help fight cancer.  It was theorized that its antioxidants, apigenin, may well help fight against cancers in skin, prostate, breast, and ovaries.  

In a recent study that was published by the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, chamomile was shown to cause minimal growth inhibitory effects on normal healthy cells, but showed that it has the potential to significantly reduce human cancer cells, especially androgen-refractory cells which are often a precursor to prostate cancer.  [link]

Healthy Gums and Teeth

Because chamomile has antibacterial properties, drinking chamomile tea can also kill off harmful bacteria in the mouth that lead to gum sores, cavities, gum disease, and help heal wounds.

Promote Heart Health

Chamomile has been linked said to provide some cardiovascular protection. Because of its high level of flavonoids, chamomile consumed in foods is linked with lower mortality from coronary heart disease in elderly men. One study published in The Lancet assessed the flavonoid intake of 805 men aged 65–84 years and found that higher flavonoid intake from foods and herbs significantly reduced mortality from coronary heart disease. [link]

Relieves Congestion

Because chamomile can help reduce the accumulation of mucus, congestion can be relieved.  Additionally, many people find that breathing the steam from hot chamomile tea and even gargling with the chamomile tea can reduce sore throats and help relieve symptoms of flu, colds, and sinus infections.

Improves Digestion

Chamomile is believed to be a strong digestive relaxant, and thus may benefit people who are suffering from nausea, acid reflux, cramps, motion sickness, and other gastric disorders.

High Level of Antioxidants

Chamomile has antioxidant components including chamazulene and acetylene derivatives, and flavonoids, including apigenin, quercetin, and patuletin.  These compounds fight inflammation and help reduce damage caused by free radicals.