Got an upset stomach? Maybe a cup of chamomile tea can help.
Chamomile has been considered a medicinal herb for several centuries. Among its range of health benefits, chamomile is also known to be a remedy for many a problems of the stomach.
However, there are no detailed research on the effectiveness of chamomile infusions and preparations in hyperactive abdominal problems like diarrhea.
Why is chamomile tea effective?
Chamomile preparations and infusions, such as tea, are effective in remedying you from stomach ailments because chamomile possesses anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, anti-oxidant, anti-irritant and anti-microbial properties. Chamomile tea, however, is not effective in reducing internal inflammation. This is because it contains only traces of the essential oil (1-3%), which is contains anti-inflammatory compounds.
German chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) is also known to have antidiarrheal, antispasmodic, digestive, and anti-secretory properties. However, the body of evidence supporting these claims are insubstantial.
Chamomile flowers contain important essential oils such as alpha-bisabolol and chamazulene and other flavonoids that provide chamomile its anti-inflammatory properties.
Flavonoids found in chamomile are known to have spasm-reducing properties.
Chamomile tea may thus be useful in providing relief from abdominal problems such as
- Irritable bowel syndrome
Drinking chamomile tea for indigestion and gastritis makes sense because chamomile helps in soothing the muscles of the intestines.
In a research, an herbal tea with chamomile and other ingredients was effective in the treatment of colic in infants.
Things to consider before drinking chamomile tea
Chamomile is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the FDA. Nonetheless, here are some things you should consider before drinking chamomile tea.
- People who have allergic reactions to ragweed, daisies and chrysanthemums can experience reactions to chamomile too.
- Chamomile tea acts as mild sedative and causes drowsiness. So, it’s best to avoid it before driving.
- There is no substantial research but chamomile is said to cause miscarriages. So, do not drink chamomile if you’re pregnant.
- Drinking excessive amounts of chamomile tea can cause vomiting.