Tea has been used as an herbal remedy for centuries to treat a variety of different ailments. One of the most common types of tea is chamomile, a white-pedaled flower reminiscent of a daisy. This flowering herb us typically dried and steeped into a tea that helps to sooth and relax the body. Nicknamed “sleep tea”, chamomile is a very mild flavored tea. This herbal tea, along with similar varieties, such as lavender and lemon balm can be used to relieve insomnia and help to promote a healthy sleep cycle and overall well-being. One of the active compounds in the chamomile plant is apigenin; studies have found that this compound reduced locomotor activity. Flavonoids, mucilages and coumarins are also present in chamomile and may have a calming effect on the body, allowing for a more restful sleep.
Here is how it’s done!
- 2 tablespoons fresh chamomile flowers
- 2 cups boiling water
- 2 slices apple (thinly sliced)
- honey (to taste)
- Rinse the flowers with cool water.
- Warm your tea pot with boiling water.
- add the apple slices to the pot and mash them with a wooden spoon.
- add the chamomile flowers and pour in the 2 cups boiling water.
- cover and steep for 3-5 minutes
- strain the tea into two cups.
- add honey to taste
- drink & enjoy!