Cold and flu season is quickly approaching and there’s nothing worse than wheezing, sneezing and sniffling. If you’re one of those people that seem to get sick all the time (that’s me!) or even if you only get sick every now and then, you could use an immune system booster to ward off those nasty bugs.
Fighting colds this season won’t require a trip to the doctor, a fancy prescription, or even some miracle pill. All you need to fight off infection and be sniffle free is to take your favorite mug, make yourself a warm Chamomile tea, and start sippin’.
For most people, drinking tea, especially in the cold months, is something they already do. So why not make it worth your while and drink one that is proven to have your back when cold season strikes.
What is Chamomile?
Well, for starters, Chamomile is a European plant that produces a white petalled flower and has some pretty amazing health benefits. In fact, Chamomile is considered to be one of the most ancient and versatile medical herbs out there and the most well documented medical plants in the world.
Chamomile dates back nearly 5,000 years for uses in standardized tea, herbal extract, cosmetics and predominantly, medical treatment. A powder form of the Chamomile flower has been used for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, mild astringent and health properties for centuries.
How Does it Help My Immune System?
There has been recent research conducted on the Chamomile plant, and the findings are quite interesting. Oxford Natural Products, a pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and technology company in Oxford, England funded a study that required fourteen volunteers (7 men and 7 women) to drink five cups of German Chamomile tea daily for two consecutive weeks and take daily urine samples both before and after drinking the tea.
After the two weeks were up, the researchers found that drinking the tea was associated with an increase in urinary levels of hippurate, a breakdown metabolite of the phenolic compound, some of which have been associated with increased antibacterial activity. This is the science behind the immune boosting and infection fighting effects of the tea.
The researchers also found that there was an increase in the urinary levels of glycine, an amino acid that relieves muscle spasms. This is why Chamomile tea is said to treat menstrual cramps, by relaxing the uterus.
Finding increased levels of glycine also explains why Chamomile is a mild sedative aiding in sleep; glycine is known as a nerve relaxant.
Lastly (and most interesting), the researchers found that these increased urinary levels of hippurate and glycine remained elevated for two weeks after the patients discontinued drinking the tea, revealing that the effects of Chamomile tea can keep fighting colds long after you finish your cup.
No fancy prescription can say it does that!
Need More Reasons to Start Steeping?
The Chamomile plant’s benefits are so vast, you would be amazed at what this plant can do for your health. Not only will sipping Chamomile tea have your back this cold season, it can also help in all of these other health related categories.
Chamomile is a powerful digestive relaxant and therefore has numerous digestive issues that it can relieve such as gas, acid reflux, diarrhea, indigestion, constipation and other stomach pains.
Pregnancy and Beyond
This herb is also known to aid in morning sickness (nausea and vomiting) and can even be used after birth to relax and sooth the body. It can also be used on a colic baby to help promote relaxation.
Anti-Inflammatory and Pain Relief
Chamomile is a natural anti-inflammatory that can help with redness and swelling. It’s an excellent herb for relieving pain from injuries, arthritis, fevers and back pain.
Anxiety and depression
Chamomile is a herb widely known for its relaxation and mild sedative properties, and this is why it should be your go-to herb for fighting anxiety and even depression.
Due to Chamomile’s high level of flavonoids, it has been linked to lower the risk of heart disease.
Chamomile helps sooth skin irritations and smooths out the skins surface resulting in a glowing, youthful complexion.
Chamomile can help relieve the pain of toothaches and keep the bacteria in the mouth in check.
It has been known to fight the growth of cancerous tumors, in cancers such as skin, breast, ovarian, and prostate.
Menstrual Cramps and Muscle Spasms
Chamomile tea increases the amino acid, glycine, which is known to relieve muscle spasms and menstrual cramps.
There are so many reasons to add Chamomile tea to your next grocery shop. Grow your tea collection with herbal teas that have amazing health benefits along with keeping you warm in those cold winter months!