4. Chamomile Tea
Chamomile comes from the daisy (Asteraceae) family. Chamomile tea is made from the M. chamomilla and A. nobilis flowers by harvesting the flower-heads and drying them out. Chamomile has been used throughout centuries for many things, from treating parasitic worm infections to a natural hair dye. It’s also been used to treat colic, fever, nausea and cystitis.
Chamomile contains anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, deodorant and astringent properties. It’s an effective topical cream for wounds, sunburn, rashes, insect bites, chicken pox and ulcers, and can be used as an exfoliant to slough dead skin cells. Chamomile tea is also used to calm the nerves and reduce anxiety, boost immunity and relieve menstrual cramps.
Chamomile tea is often called ‘the night-time tea’ due to its mild sedative qualities. It contains substantial amounts of essential phytonutrients like quercetin, luteolin and apigenin, which have natural antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and relaxant qualities. Chamomile has also been used in aromatherapy to treat insomnia, and is widely thought of as a mild tranquilizer.
Drink chamomile tea throughout the day and before bed. Simply heap two or three teaspoons of dried chamomile into a cup and pour boiling water over it, letting it steep for at least 10 minutes. You can sweeten it with cinnamon and honey, or stew some slices of apple and add them to chamomile tea for more flavor and health benefits.