Sleep Tight Chamomile Tea Recipe
Tip: Make It Strong!
Chamomile or going by the Latin name, Matricaria recutita, is a very underrated remedy for sleep but it can work really, really well. The trick is to make it strong, short and sweet.
What do I mean by that?
Make it strong – 2 or 3 teabags per cup.
Make it short – Chamomile is a natural diuretic so make it a half cup size to save you getting up in the night!
Make it sweet – add at 1 to 2 heaped teaspoons of honey. Honey before bed also helps to keep the stress hormones down which can leaving you lying awake with a perfectly alert mind – just when you don’t want it!
I often recommend repeating this process twice in the evening. Here’s what else you can do to help improve your sleep.
Chamomile The Most Ancient Medicinal Herb
Chamomile is one of the most ancient medicinal herbs used throughout time for many ailments such as hay fever, inflammation, muscle spasms, menstrual disorders, insomnia, ulcers, wounds, gastrointestinal disorders, rheumatic pain, and haemorrhoids. Sophie has a Greek friend who tells her that the locals say to drink plenty of chamomile if you want to stay young.
Flavoursome And Beautifying
The word chamomile comes from the Ancient Greek word. Chamomaela, which means ‘ground apple’; it is thought this is in reference to the similarity of the smell of the chamomile flower to the apple blossom as noted in the writings of Pliny the Elder. However, references to the plant go much further back to ancient Egypt; encapsulated in hieroglyphics, chamomile was used as a cosmetic, an embalming oil as well as for medicinal purposes. In Ancient Rome, it was also used to flavour drinks like beer which was how Medieval monks used it too.
The ‘Plant’s Physician’
Its ability to enhance the flavour profile of foods and drinks aside, chamomile gained a reputation as being a cure-all herb: ancient Greek physicians, like Dioscorides, frequently mention the prescribing of chamomile for a variety of ailments, which would explain why it was one of the nine sacred herbs of the Lacnunga – an Anglo-Saxon herbal guide. A member of the daisy family, chamomile has even been recognised as having healing and soothing effects on other plants. This “plant’s physician” has been observed to prevent fungal and bacterial infections in the plants around them, repel many insect pests and help their flora friends to thrive. It’s a pretty powerful plant!
Brain-Boosting Benefits Too
So what can this delicate, sweet smelling plant do for the brain? Well, recent research has found that drinking camomile tea could help to treat sufferers of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
So, the fact that chamomile helps you sleep (another brain boosting benefit) is pretty awesome enough (and there is a difference here between chamomile and certain sleep drugs such as zopiclone for example, which knocks you out but prevents you from moving through the deep healing cycles of sleep). But how about the fact that, under the closer examination of scientific research, apigenin (a flavonoid found in high concentrations in chamomile) is emerging as a potentially PERFECT candidate for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. Apigenin has been proven to protect against the pathological changes, including neuro-inflammation and the development of plaques, seen in this dreaded affliction.
Apigenin In Chamomile Used In The Fight Against Alzheimer’s
In fact, based on the results from this research, apigenin may be a preventative therapy against a number of neurological disorders including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and depression and that’s because inflammation is being increasingly viewed as a major contributor in these diseases. Apigenin is able to exert these effects because it freely crosses the blood-brain barrier (this is quite a feat as the junction between the body and brain blood supply is necessarily tight, making medical treatment for the brain inherently difficult) to deliver an anti-inflammatory effect.
Chamomile’s Brain-Boosting Benefits:
✔️Protective against neuroinflammation, excitotoxicty and cell death
✔️Anti-amyloidogenic (inhibits the formation of amyloid plaques as found in Alzheimer’s disease)
✔️Stimulates neurogenesis (formation of new brain cells)
No surprises Sophie included a dose of this amazing herb in our beautiful bedtime drink. And the extract we use has been standardised for it rich apigenin content.
Yet, another reason why we have our bedtime drink every night.💤
And if you wake up in the middle of the night, this really helps.
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