Chamomile means ground apple and looks just like a bunch of little daisies! It is technically not a ‘true tea’ – because it does not come from the camellia sinensis plant – but that doesn’t make it any less popular. It has one of the most recognisable flavours of our selection of teas, very similar to honey and vanilla.
It has been used for over one thousand years by the Ancient Romans, Greeks and Egyptians for its medicinal purposes. As we all know, they were well ahead of their time; it is only in recent years that the health properties of chamomile have been celebrated in Western societies!
A wonder-drug … in the form of a cuppa?
Chamomile tea is an excellent natural remedy for headaches, stomache aches, muscle cramps and insomnia!
It soothes the nervous system, making it easier to sleep at night. For this reason, we recommend a cup in the afternoon (completely caffeine free!) rather than black tea, especially if you have trouble sleeping. It’s also great right before bed.
The relaxing properties of chamomile are also why it’s so good for relieving stomach aches and soothing headaches. It has also been shown to have a positive effect on stress and relieve nervousness! So… if you’re having a particularly bad day, you can always come down to the Opera Tea Rooms and let off your steam with a pot of chamomile.
There’s even been studies that suggest chamomile tea aids with diabetes and could prevent the development of cancer!
However – if you are allergic to ragweed or are pregnant, you should not drink chamomile tea!
How to enjoy it
Allow water to cool slightly after boiling, then steep the flowers for up to three minutes before pouring it through a strainer. The tea will be a beautiful pale golden colour.
Many people enjoy adding a sweetener to chamomile tea. Honey is particularly popular, or you may add lemon. Some people even add mint or rose petals to theirs!
As a stomach-soothing drink best enjoyed in the afternoon, we’d recommend it with one our lighter snacks, such as crumpets or scones.