Perhaps, the most popular benefit of chamomile tea is it helps people with sleep troubles. And it’s not surprising, considering a report listed German chamomile as a “mild sedative,” along with other herbs, such as hops, lavender, passion flower, and lemon balm¹.
Another report said chamomile extract has “benzodiazepine-like ” hypnotic effects. Note that benzodiazepines are prescription medicines that can reduce anxiety and induce sleep.
Of course, there are small-scale studies where participants report that they slept faster after drinking chamomile tea.
If you’re looking for teas to help you fall asleep, you might as well consider a blend of ingredients, like valerian root, hops, passion flower, and lavender. However, consult your doctor first, especially if you have an underlying health condition or are taking medications.
2. It has anti-inflammatory properties
Inflammation, which basically involves redness and swelling, is the body’s natural reaction to bacteria, viruses, and chemicals.
However, sustained inflammation can be detrimental. Case in point: serious illnesses, such as cancer, diabetes, asthma, arthritis, and Alzheimer’s disease are associated with chronic inflammation.