One of the most popular tea blends, camomile is a member of the Asteraceae plant family. In particular, two of the many species of the daisy-like plant are commonly used to make herbal infusions for beverages are Matricaria recutita and Anthemis nobilis.
Camomile, peppermint, and ginger are three of the world's most popular herbal teas.
However, herbal "tea" is not technically tea because it is not made from the camellia sinensis plant. Instead, the more appropriate name for an herbal tea is "tisane" or "infusion."
Now that you understand the herbal background of camomile tea, let’s discuss how you can use it to relax and unwind as part of your nightly routine.
What Is Camomile Tea Good For?
Camomile has been used for many things, from flavouring in food and beverages to mouthwash, soaps and cosmetics. It has also been used in making beer. While camomile tea uses only the flowers of the camomile plant, beer brewing uses the entire plant to add a bitter flavour enjoyed by craft beer enthusiasts. Most commonly, camomile is believed to aid in relaxation and promote restful sleep. However, because camomile tea is naturally caffeine free, it’s ideal for sipping before bed each night as part of your winding down ritual.
"Camomile offers us several benefits in a single steaming mug: first, it has known calming and relaxing benefits,” says Bevin Clare, Twinings Chief Herbalist. Camomile and mint can support your digestive and immune systems and promote restful sleep. And according to Clare, “there is benefit alone in a warm mug as the perfect relaxation ritual, and these herbs are the perfect ones to fill your cup."
Is It Okay To Drink Camomile Tea Every Day?
It is safe to drink a few cups of camomile tea per day. The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has placed camomile on the ‘Generally Recognized as Safe’ list. However, those with allergies to pollen or ragweed may experience allergic reactions.
Is Camomile Good for Sleep?
Many people find falling asleep and staying asleep difficult. However, there are many helpful strategies for improving sleep, like avoiding screens and establishing a nightly routine to help you wind down and get into the proper mindset to doze off.
"Camomile might seems like a common and gentle tea, but it can be a powerful and effective herb for supporting nervous system health and encouraging optimal sleep," Clare says.
Many tea lovers find that the process of making tea each night (or when we need a rest from stress during the day) can be relaxing. Just breathing in the warm aromas of the tea can help provide a sense of calm.
Plus, the heat from a hot cup of tea is known to make us feel sleepy. The cosy feeling of warmth can promote serenity. Our blood pressure typically tends to be lower when we sleep. In fact, our bodies usually follow a daily cycle of rising blood pressure in the morning, peaking midday, and dropping in the evening. If you find yourself still feeling active in the evening, a hot cup of tea may help you aid your body’s natural processes to help you relax and slow down.
Twinings Nightly Calm is a comforting herbal tea expertly blended with camomile, spearmint and the subtle flavour of lemongrass to deliver a soothing tea with a warm, inviting aroma and smooth, mellow taste. Twinings Superblends Unwinding Passionflower combines camomile with passionflower, an herb that has a long tradition of use to support restful and natural sleep patterns. Twinings Camomile, Honey, & Vanilla blends camomile with the naturally sweet flavours of honey and vanilla to deliver a smooth tea with a creamy aroma and velvety taste. Twinings Pure Camomile is another great option. And, for a sleep tea that helps you get a great night’s rest, try Twinings Superblends Sleep+ tea with melatonin, a hormone our bodies produce and release naturally through our internal clock (often called the “Circadian Rhythm”), so our brains know when it’s time to sleep vs. when to wake.
Relax with Twinings Camomile Tea Blends
Maintaining proper sleep hygiene and a consistent schedule help keep your Circadian Rhythm on track and ensure you get a great night’s sleep as often as possible. While we would all love to take the time each evening to meditate, eat the perfect foods and cut out caffeine, sometimes life gets in the way, and we need a little help. If you have trouble falling or staying asleep at night, adding a cup of tea for sleep into your nightly routine is a simple and easy choice to help support restful sleep.
With our Master Blenders’ and Expert Herbalists’ 250 years of collective experience, Twinings teas for sleep incorporate fine, high-quality ingredients that have been trusted for centuries. We also offer the most enticing flavours available, so you never have to sacrifice great taste to enjoy a wellbeing drink. Check out our camomile teas — each is carefully crafted to offer blends that taste great and do you good.