It is well known that chamomile tea has relaxing properties, with many people enjoying a cup before bedtime. But ancient records and modern science both show it has many more benefits.
It was highly prized by the ancient Egyptians, who associated it with the Sun God (this shows they had an incredible amount of respect for the herb). They used it for all sorts of things such as treating fevers and wounds.
The relaxation properties of chamomile have been researched extensively. It appears to work by increasing levels of GABA, the neurotransmitter that regulates mood and relaxation. Its ability to promote sleep and relaxation has been demonstrated by many studies.
It has traditionally been used to treat digestive problems, and scientists have investigated this and found it can potentially benefit various stomach issues.
It is packed with antioxidants which protect the body against free-radical damage which causes cancer and many other problems. In fact, Chamomile tea has been shown to reduce the risk of Thyroid cancer when it is consumed regularly
It also regulates blood sugar and has been found to be beneficial for diabetic patients. It can also help heart health by lowering cholesterol.
With all these incredible benefits, it is no surprise that the ancient Egyptians held this herb in such esteem – somehow they possessed an incredible wealth of knowledge regarding herbal medicines which we are only starting to understand today.