Does chamomile tea have caffeine or not? It is a herbal tea that is well known for treating inflammations and diseases of the digestive tract.
Chamomile is an ancient plant. It originates from south-eastern Europe and northern Asia. It was worshiped by the Greeks and Romans. They use it for treating fever, malaria, digestion problems and as a compress for sore muscles. Germanic tribes worshiped it as a flower of a God Baldur because it has the shape of the sun.
To enhance its healing and magic power it should be picked at the summer solstice and bonfire (June 24), when it’s God Baldur’s holiday.
It was selected as a medicinal plant in many monastery books. Monks prepared oil soaked in chamomile, which they used for washing mouth because of painful and inflamed gums. Later, its usage was increasingly expanding for medicinal purposes.
Is there any caffeine in chamomile tea?
Chamomile is an herbal tea. So I can give you a quick answer to the question above – no herbal tea contains caffeine. Tea from herbs is a drink made from dried parts of herbs, which are usually prepared as an infusion or decoction.
They don’t contain tea leaves, so they aren’t classified as real tea. Real teas contain caffeine because they come from the Camellia sinensis plant that has it.
For herbal tea preparation, we often use medicinal plants. We are talking about medicinal tea when the herbs are used in pharmacy. Their impact is rarely clinically tested and is based solely on the traditional long-term use.
How to make chamomile tea?
You should never cook them in hot water as this would destroy the most important active substances.
Make an infusion
Put dry flowers in the strainer that is placed in a suitable container and pour the boiling water in it. Close the container and let the drink stand for 5-10 minutes.
Wolfgang Möhring wrote a book The healing power of tea where he states that infusions are particularly suitable for the tea preparation from the flowers (linden or chamomile) and leaves (mint and lemon balm).
The water should be hot enough to pull the active ingredients from the herb. It shouldn’t be too hot because it would destroy volatile substances in the plant, such as essential oils. In the case of very delicate flowers, use lukewarm water. Such infusion has to stand for a little longer, usually about half an hour. Then strain them and drink it sip by sip.
Enjoying it sip by sip has a soothing and healing effect; helps eliminate pain in the bladder and stinging urination. Compresses with chamomile tea helps with hemorrhoids.
Active substances in chamomiles
Very important components of chamomile flower tea are essential oils that are mainly composed of chamazulene, alpha-bisabolol, and spiroether.
It has a whole series of other ingredients as flavonoids, apigenin, luteolin, quercetin, patulitrin. The drink contains derivatives of coumarin – umbelliferone and herniarin, waxes and organic acids.
Especially known is its oil, which is the main active substance of chamomile. It is dark blue when it is fresh because it contains azulene.
What is this tea good for?
We know the diverse use of chamomile tea. It acts anti-inflammatory, relieves cramps, works against flatulence and promotes healing. It is great for the treatment of any disease of the stomach or intestines, cramping, diarrhea, inflammation of the small intestine, stomach, bloating, excess acid and the treatment of kidney problems, liver and gall bladder.
It also acts detoxifying against various bacteria, Staphylococci, and Streptococci. Chamomile is probably the most popular folk herb that is used in virtually all diseases. Its tea calms gastrointestinal spasms; is useful for the inflammation of the intestinal mucosa, helps with a gastric boil, lack of appetite and flatulence.
Tea from this medicinal plant accelerates the perspiration, so it will help you with faster recovery after having a disease. It is good for treating inflammation of the bronchi, eyes, mouth, and throat.
It heals open wounds on the legs as well, acts against hemorrhoids, genital inflammation, toothache, and nerve disease. It is appropriate for people who have skin problems – acne, abscesses, paronychia and similar. It is a natural antibiotic.
There is evidence that chamomile tea has a calming effect on the nerves of anemic patients. It has the active power that relieves pain, soothes and relieves fainting during pregnancy.
Therefore, chamomile tea is indispensable for:
- all neuronal problems
- inner restlessness
- or mental tiredness
Cancer patients drink it because it maintains the lining of the mouth to avoid oral cracks caused by chemotherapy.
Did you know?
Chamomile kills bacteria so effectively that it even destroys purulent secretions of the cancer tissue and the nasty smell of decaying tissue disappears.
Drink it for a long life!
Research that was published in the journal Gerontologist shows that drinking this tea has a beneficial effect on life expectancy. However, researchers found that it has a positive effect only on women’s longevity. It doesn’t work equally positive on men and they still don’t know why.
Decreases the risk of premature death
Now, the findings of the new study confirmed that this herbal tea decreases the risk of premature death. Researchers have following the lives of 1.677 Latin American women and men and studied the effects of chamomile on the length of their lives for 7 years.
According to their data, 14 percent of people who were surveyed drank chamomile tea. They found that the women in this group have a 29 percent lower likelihood of premature death than those who didn’t drink the tea.
Even when the researchers changed certain variables such as demographics and health status, the link between the consumption of chamomile and longer life still existed.
When it is not advisable to drink it?
Maybe you think that chamomiles are the first remedy that could help you with irritable stomach but it is not advisable. Tea from chamomiles is causing nervousness so if you have an irritating stomach, it could cause you to vomit. Don’t drink it even if you already vomited. Try with mint tea instead.
The flower of god
So, does chamomile tea have caffeine? No, it hasn’t got it and you shouldn’t worry about it. It is a herbal tea and these don’t contain caffeine.
Chamomile is a plant that should be in your home. Its tea has a calming effect, acts anti-inflammatory, promotes wound healing, releases convulsions and inhibits bacteria and fungi. It is appropriate to drink if you have any kind of stomach problems but you shouldn’t drink it if you have an irritated stomach (can cause vomiting).
I remember the day when I had terrible eye inflammation. I went skiing and my eyes catch a cold. The next morning I couldn’t even open my eyes so my mom prepared me a warm chamomile compress that I put on my eyes. It melted the pus so I could open my eyes again.
It is a wonderful and powerful plant that you should have in your medical cabinet. It’s great for treating health issues in kids. Some people don’t like its taste but regardless of all, it deserves to be called the flower of God.