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Your Guide to Buying a Chamomile Tea

Your Guide to Buying a Chamomile Tea
Yehuda Posnick

The chamomile plant is a flower from the daisy family. Teas made from the chamomile flowers have been used for centuries for a number of medicinal purposes. People drink chamomile tea if they want to soothe an upset stomach or cramps–it relaxes the muscles and the intestinal lining. It’s also a good option if you want to have a more relaxing sleep, because it calms down the nervous system. Chamomile tea is also a good alternative for people who want a caffeine-free drink. Chamomile tea can also relieve cold symptoms. But there are a wide range of blends of chamomile teas that are on the market now. Here is a guide to some of the best chamomile teas on the market.

Davidson's Bulk Tea, Herb Chamomile Flower, 16 Ounce

Davidson’s Bulk Tea, Herb Chamomile Flower, 16 Ounce

Types of Chamomile Tea

There are two varieties of chamomile plants that are used to make tea:

  • German Chamomile (Matricaria chamomila)–This is what is sold more commonly when you buy chamomile tea. Studies have even been performed on how German chamomile tea fights bacteria and reduces inflammation.

  • Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile): Roman chamomile is also widely sold. The plant grows lower, and has thicker leaves than the German variety. It has been preferred for treating digestive problems: nausea, vomiting, heartburn, and gas.

    Chamomile tea comes in various forms of packaging:

  • Loose leaf bulk tea: Some brands, such as Davidson’s, sell chamomile tea in a loose form, instead of in a bag. They sell it together with a tea infuser, which strains out the tea essence from the flowers. Another option is using a tea maker, which runs hot water through the chamomile flowers (or through other types of tea leaves).

  • Blends of chamomile tea: Besides selling pure chamomile flowers, companies have a wide variety of blends. They combine chamomile with herbs such as Tulsi, rosehips, lemon myrtle, vanilla, or citrus fruit peel.

  • Tea bags: Tea bags of chamomile tea are more convenient, since they strain out any solid particles of the chamomile flower from your tea. But understandably they cost more in this form—typically as much as $1 per tea bag.

  • K-cups: Twinings makes K-cups of chamomile tea. They are small plastic containers of single servings of tea.

Yogi Chamomile Tea, 16-count

Yogi Chamomile Tea, 16-count

What People Are Saying

Based on all the consumers’ reviews we’ve scanned, these are the top things they mentioned about their new stuff:

  • Packaging: If you buy a loose leaf mixture of chamomile, some recommend transferring it to an airtight jar, instead of leaving it in the original package (even though the package will usually have an aluminum lining). The flavor tends to dissipate if you leave it exposed to air for a long time.

  • Adding milk: One customer noticed that adding milk to chamomile tea brings out more flavor.

Useful Tips for Shoppers

  • Allergies: Some say that, since the chamomile plant is related to ragweed, people who suffer from hay fever and are sensitive to ragweed may also be allergic to chamomile. So it is something to have in mind when selecting an herbal tea.

  • Health benefits: Studies have shown that there are a number of benefits in drinking chamomile tea:

    • Relieving anxiety and promoting sleep: Some companies, like Bigelow’s Cozy Chamomile and Twinings Nightly Calm, market chamomile teas which are blended to be especially relaxing (by mixing it with mint or lemon grass).

    • Boosting the immune system, and treating cold symptoms

    • Relieving nausea, digestive pain, diarrhea, and gas

    • Relieves menstrual cramps

    • Skin Treatment: The tea can be applied to the skin and scalp to relieve insect bites, burns, bruises, rashes, eczema and psoriasis.

    • Hair Rinse: Some women who have light brown to blond hair have found chamomile tea to be effective as a natural hair rinse.

    • Relaxing: We mentioned that chamomile tea is used by people who suffer from sleep disturbances. But if you are driving or need to be alert, it’s not recommended—it may cause drowsiness.

Top Brands

Twiningswas founded in 1706 in London, England by Thomas Twining. They now make a variety of 200 teas employing different herbs and flavors, and sold in over 115 countries around the world.

Davidson’s Teawas started in 1976. They specialize in herbal and organic teas, which are USDA certified, and now market as many as 400 different types of tea. They also market tea gifts and accessories.

Bigelow Teawas founded by Ruth C. Bigelow in the late 1940s in Fairfield, Connecticut. They make over 50 varieties of tea, from the United States’ only tea plantation in Charleston, South Carolina.

Yogiwas started in 1969, by Yogi Bhajan. He specialized in making blended teas that included five different spices: cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and black pepper, and were popularized by Yogi Bhajan’s students. This later grew into the Yogi Tea Company. Their headquarters is in Springfield and Portland, Oregon, and they make over 60 different blends of teas.

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