Reasons to drink Camomile tea
Want to mix up your black tea ritual? Why not try herbal teas and infusions, such as camomile tea? Camomile tea is made from the daisy-like flower that has historically been used to make herbal infusions for traditional medicine. Here, we take a look at some of the good reasons to drink camomile tea.
What is camomile?
Camomile (also known as chamomile) is a daisy-like flower belonging to the Asteraceae family, which also includes sunflowers and marigolds. The camomile flower is most commonly used dried and brewed as a herbal infusion (also called a ‘tisane’).
Camomile’s mellow botanical fragrance and subtle fruity flavour have made it a popular drink and home remedy that dates back to Ancient Egypt where they used it in religious ceremonies, as a tincture to embalm the dead, and in treatments and salves. Even today, camomile is a popular pre-bedtime alternative to caffeinated drinks, as it is caffeine-free and contains polyphenols.
Good reasons to drink Camomile tea
Three reasons why you should drink camomile tea.
With so much attention turning to the ramifications of our busy modern lifestyle, and particularly its effect on our sleep and wellbeing, it’s no wonder that people are looking for ways to improve their sleep. Camomile is caffeine-free, so a warming cup of this mellow-flavoured herbal infusion before bed is a good alternative to black or green tea for those wanting to avoid caffeine before bed.
Camomile tea is a herbal infusion made from dried flowers and hot water. Over summer, use it to make iced tea for a sugar-free alternative to fruit juice and soft drink. For an easy camomile iced tea recipe, brew camomile tea, then chill until cold. Serve over ice with a slice of orange. If you want to add some natural sweetness, stir a little honey into the hot infusion before it cools.
Camomile is a plant that contains polyphenols, which are natural antioxidants that protect against oxidative stress. When buying, look for an organic version, such as Nerada Camomile Infusion to avoid any added nasties.
Is Camomile Tea Caffeine Free?
While it’s often called a ‘tea’, camomile is in fact a herbal infusion and contains no caffeine. At Nerada, we prefer to use the more accurate term, ‘infusion’, as tea is technically produced from the leaves and buds of the Camellia Sinensis plant.
For more than a decade, Nerada has scoured the world to source top-quality, 100% organic flowers for its camomile infusion as well as its range of other sustainably produced organic herbal and green-tea products. Our Camomile tea is Rainforest Alliance Certified and organic. That means Nerada camomile has been grown with no pesticides, fungicides or artificial chemical fertilisers. There’s only pure goodness in every cup!
When should I drink Camomile tea?
With its warm, fruity flavour notes and gentle floral fragrance, our Camomile Infusion is perfect drunk on its own as a hot brew or as an iced tea for summer. For those who prefer more sweetness, it’s also delicious with a little honey or a dash of pineapple juice swirled through.
For a luxurious caffeine-free bedtime ‘camomile latte’, simply heat up milk or a non-dairy alternative, such as soy, almond or coconut milk, and add it to your camomile infusion with a little honey, then sprinkle with ground cinnamon, sip and relax.
Yes! You can also cook with camomile! What better way to make the best of the seasonal produce than with a citrus-laced cake, such as this one from the Australian Women’s Weekly, which uses camomile as its hero flavour. Or, for a healthy dinner option, this sensational vegan pasta dish by Rockstar plant-based Melbourne chef Shannon Martinez is infused with the warm, aromatic flavours of camomile and saffron – and makes for a brilliant meat-free dish.
There are so many good reasons to enjoy Nerada Camomile Infusion all day, every day.