Does chamomile make you sleepy?

May 2, 2021 0 By Yena Kuzoo

Disclaimer: Kuzoo and I are not medical professionals, nutritionists, or any type of healthcare related professionals. This article is strictly for informational purposes only. We do not recommend you substitute tea for certain medications; if you are unsure about the effects talk to your doctor first before beginning any new regimen. There are affiliate links throughout certain posts and if you click on those links you will be redirected to another website. Any purchases you make Kuzoo & I will receive a small commission at no extra charge for you.

Chamomile Plant

Chamomile tea does not make you sleepy. At least, not at first.

This article may sound self explanatory but we were enlightened by some interesting information about chamomile that thoroughly surprised us. And it may surprise you as well. 

If you are a tea lover or know a little bit about tea then you will have heard of how chamomile tea helps you prepare for bedtime. 

Kuzoo and I actually have an article on MatchaForMe that talks about teas that make you sleepy and it lists chamomile as one of the main teas to aid in the sleep department. Which it does help you sleep but not in the way that we originally thought. 

For me {Kuzoo here} chamomile does help make me relax before bedtime but it doesn’t necessarily make me feel sleepy. So, it was kind of fascinating to find out why it helps me feel relaxed.

We found out this information through a good friend who had a fun fact about chamomile. I (Yena) was intrigued by it and wanted to get into the nitty gritty of why chamomile reduces inflammation. 

Let’s get into it. 

Reducing Inflammation

During my menstrual cycle my body has excess inflammation so it causes pelvic pain, mood swings, diarrhea, muscle and joint pain, and breakouts. 

When I have high quality chamomile tea buds on-hand I will mix rose buds with it creating a more potent brew. Most of the time I go for rose tea because that helps me the best so everybody is different and needs to adjust accordingly. 

Anyways, I’ll save the menstrual cycle talk for another blog post. 

Inflammation seems to be the culprit of many underlying issues in today’s society. High levels of cortisol (stress hormone) being released for an extended amount of time causes inflammation throughout the body according to EverydayHealth.com. 

The Herbal Handbook written by David Hoffman says, “This is one of the best known and widely used of all herbal remedies….The apparently endless list of conditions it can help all fall into areas that the relaxing, carminative and anti-inflammatory actions can aid.”

The actual component in chamomile that helps reduce inflammation is apigenin. Apigenin is a natural flavonoid which is most commonly found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, tea, and yes even dark chocolate. Yay, more chocolate!

Chamomile Buds

Drinking chamomile tea can help reduce inflammation. By reducing the inflammation this allows the body to relax.

With all of this being said it is important to drink a higher quality chamomile to get the most benefits. Preferably making the tea from the flower bud itself to get the maximum potency out of it. You can find a high quality tea at The Green Tea House using this link or most the links above. https://www.thegreenteahouse.com/product/Gentle-Sleep/58?cp=true&sa=false&sbp=false&q=true

Were you surprised by the information? We would love to read what you thought about chamomile reducing inflammation. Please, feel free to comment below your experience with chamomile tea or any questions you may have about the topic.

Sources

https://www.everydayhealth.com/wellness/united-states-of-stress/link-between-stress-inflammation/

https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/medicine-and-dentistry/apigenin

Hoffman, David. “Chamomile German.” The Herbal Handbook-The User’s Guide To Medical Herbalism, pp. 31–32.