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Chamomile Tea 101: How Chamomile Tea Support Your Health

Chamomile Tea 101: How Chamomile Tea Support Your Health

Chamomile tea is a popular variety of tea that helps with digestion and prevents nausea and cramping. Due to its anti-inflammatory nature, it also treats diarrhea and bloating. Other top health benefits of this tea include the ability to protect the skin, lower stress levels, regulate sleep, and soothe menstrual cramps. It also boosts the immune system.


What is Chamomile Tea?


Derived from the Asteraceae family of plants, the dried chamomile flowers are used for different herbal and natural remedies and healing poultices, as well as its most popular form – tea.


The Spanish name for this tea is Manzanilla tea. These plants come in many forms, so chamomile tea in one part of the world may not be exactly the same as somewhere else, but the fundamental components of the plants are quite similar and provide similar effects.


Studies have found that German chamomile flowers tend to have the strongest concentrations of beneficial compounds and nutrients that can be imparted to those who drink this popular tea on a regular basis. [1]


Apart from the pleasant taste and accessibility of chamomile herbal tea, it has been praised over the years for its health benefits. The presence of flavonoids, sesquiterpenes, and other powerful antioxidants in this tea have significant effects on the human body.


While it is commonly consumed as a beverage, chamomile extract is also used in capsules and aromatherapy oils. [2] Chamomile lotions can also be topically applied in certain cases to get relief from various skin issues. ile baby products such as soaps, shampoos, and baby wipes are popular due to their soothing nature.


According to USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, chamomile tea contains many vitamins and minerals that include potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium, thiamin, riboflavin, and vitamin A. [3] Other nutrients include folate, iron, and zinc. 1 cup (237 g) of brewed chamomile tea provides 2 kcal of energy, 0.47 g of carbohydrates.



Health Benefits


Let’s take a closer look at some of its major benefits and uses:


Induces Sleep


According to research published by Lawrence Gould (M.D.), et al. in The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, chamomile tea can be an overall sleep aid, particularly for people who struggle with sleep apnea and restless sleep. [4] Drinking a warm cup of non-caffeinated chamomile tea can help you fall asleep faster and wake up feeling more refreshed. It is recommended for women going through the postpartum period as a supplement for better sleep. Moreover, regular sleep is linked to lowering the chances of Alzheimer’s disease. [5]


Improves Digestion


If you are suffering from stomach irritation, ranging anywhere from mild bloating to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms, chamomile tea can be a major help. According to Kathi J Kemper, MD, MPH, it has anti-inflammatory properties that help ease the twisting nature of your gut and allow for the passage of gas and smoother bowel movements. [6] It also cures stomach ulcer pains and spasms.


Chamomile tea helps to flush out water, liquids, and other wastes from the body, meaning it acts as a diuretic. This property not only aids in weight loss but also improves overall digestion and fights off bloating.


Prevents Cancer


According to research conducted in the Department of Urology & Nutrition, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, antioxidant apigenin present in chamomile fights various cancer cells including cancer of the breast, digestive tract, skin, prostate, and uterus. [7] Studies reveal that it also prevents the development of thyroid cancer. [8]


Reduces Inflammation


The strong antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties of chamomile are highly effective in treating stomach and intestinal cramps. Consuming manzanilla tea regularly also helps to get rid of problems like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), nausea, muscle spasms, stomach flu, and gastroenteritis.


Manages Diabetes


Research has shown that chamomile tea can be useful for people suffering from diabetes. [9] By helping lower blood sugar levels and regulating the amount of insulin in the blood, the powerful organic chemicals in it help to eliminate massive drops and spikes in blood sugar. [10] [11]


Promotes Heart Health


A research published in the Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, Tufts University, Boston, MA, reveals that chamomile tea helps lower blood pressure and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, making your heart healthy. [12] Another research study reveals that it also prevents the occurrence of various cardiovascular issues. [13]



Boosts Immune System


The phenolic compounds present in chamomile tea helps to strengthen your immune system and ward off infections. [1] The other compounds present in chamomile tea also fights cold, flu, and sinus, ultimately, relieving congestion.


Relieves Stress & Anxiety


One of the most popular uses of manzanilla tea is in the treatment of stress and anxiety. After a long day at work, the warm, soothing nature of this beverage can help increase the levels of serotonin and melatonin in your body. [14] These hormones can successfully eliminate stress and worry.


According to a U.S. Journal, it also provides instant relief from migraines and headaches. [15] while also slowing down your mind and eliminating the classic symptoms of anxiety. 1-2 cups of chamomile tea per day can do a significant help against chronic stress. Research suggests that chamomile tea can also treat the symptoms of depression in postpartum women. [16]


Skin Care


Due to the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich nature of chamomile tea, it is not exclusively used as a beverage. Topical application of manzanilla tea cures irritations or skin conditions such as eczema.


It can also significantly improve healing and lessen the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles on the face. [17] By eliminating oxidative stress and boosting the immune response it can do wonders for your skin.


Prevents Osteoporosis


Chamomile extract helps to stimulate the activity of osteoblasts, the cells which build bones. [1] Thus, the tea can help increase bone density, ultimately helping you stay away from the condition of osteoporosis.


Relieves Menstrual Pain

The anti-inflammatory nature of chamomile tea makes this relaxant a popular choice for women dealing with the symptoms of menstruation like bloating, cramping, anxiety, sweating, inability to sleep, and mood swings.


Treats Allergic Reactions


Chamomile tea can help modulate the immune response to allergens in the body. [18] By working as an antihistamine, it can soothe these allergic reactions throughout the body.


Hair Care 


Apart from all of the impressive attributes of manzanilla tea, many users claim that it improves the appearance and strength of the hair. According to a paper published in the International Journal of Pharma and Bio Sciences, the anti-inflammatory components found in chamomile can help alleviate irritation on the scalp, the stronger chemicals can fortify the strands of your hair, eliminate dandruff, and generally give your hair a better, silkier look. [19]


Oral Health

Manzanilla tea has the ability to fight oral infections, prevent cavities, and protect teeth and gums. Furthermore, its anti-inflammatory properties help soothe toothaches.



Word of Caution: Caution is advised to pregnant and breastfeeding women as excessive consumption of this tea may result in a miscarriage. [20] According to NIH it can cause allergic reactions and can also lead to drowsiness, eye irritation, vomiting, and nausea, so always drink in moderation. [21]





How to Make: Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte

How to Make: Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte

Pumpkin spice chai latte made with natural ingredients: pumpkin puree, almond milk, maple syrup and spices. This creamy yet skinny latte clocks in at only 90 calories (without the totally optional coconut cream). Amounts listed below yield one latte so multiple up as necessary. If you want to save some time, I think you could use about ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice instead of the spices listed below. I think you could also make a big batch of this, store it in the refrigerator and rewarm individual drinks on the stove (whisk well to recombine).



  • 1 tbsp or decaf spiced chai rooibos
  • ½ cup plain, unsweetened almond milk or milk of choice*
  • 2 tablespoons real pumpkin purée
  • 1 tablespoon real maple syrup or honey
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
  • Dash nutmeg
  • Dash cloves
  • Tiny dash salt
  • ½ teaspoon arrowroot starch or cornstarch (optional, makes the latte super creamy)
  • Optional garnishes: 1 cinnamon stick or star of anise, coconut whipped cream

Optional coconut whipped cream

  • 1 can (14 ounces) full fat coconut milk, chilled at least 10 hours (the coconut milk MUST be full fat and MUST be refrigerated for at least 10 hours. Put a mixing bowl in the freezer to chill while you’re at it.)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
  1. In a small saucepan, bring ½ cup water to a gentle boil. Remove the water from heat, add the tea, and let it steep for 4 minutes, then remove the tea leaves. 
  2. Add the almond milk, pumpkin purée, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and salt to the pan. Whisk in the optional arrowroot starch or cornstarch. Pour the mixture into a stand blender and blend for a minute or two, until the components are blended together and the drink is nice and creamy. (You can alternatively use an immersion blender, but I had much better results with my stand blender.)
  3. Pour the mixture back into your pan and gently rewarm on the stove, then pour it into a mug. Top with totally optional whipped coconut cream and/or garnish with the totally optional cinnamon stick or star of anise.
  4. To make the coconut whipped cream: Pull out the chilled can of coconut milk and mixing bowl. Open the can of coconut milk and scoop the solid coconut cream into the chilled bowl (you can use the remaining coconut water in smoothies). Using an electric hand mixer, beat the cream until fluffy and smooth. Add the maple syrup, vanilla extract and cinnamon and gently blend again to combine. Use the coconut cream immediately or cover and store in the fridge for later (it will be soft at room temperature and more firm when cold).


*Recipe is from Cookie + Kate

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How to make Pumpkin Spice Bubble Tea With BOBA

How to make Pumpkin Spice Bubble Tea With BOBA


(makes 1 large serving, or two smaller servings of tea)


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 1/4 cups water
  • two tea bags of Ceylon black tea
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin spice blend (ground)
  • 1/4 cup tapioca pearls


  For the pumpkin spice syrup

  • Add pumpkin puree and 1/4 cup of water to a small saucepan over low heat and stir to combine.
  • Remove from heat and strain through a coffee filter. Be patient, as the mixture might take 10-15 minutes to pass through completely. Gently use your hands to squeeze any excess water from the puree. Try your best not to break the filter when doing so.
  • Add the pumpkin water back into your saucepan over medium heat, then add the pumpkin spice and the brown sugar. Cook at a low simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved – about 3 minutes. Remove from heat, transfer to a large bowl and let cool to room temperature.

  For the boba

  • Add two cups of water to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Add boba and quickly stir until the boba are all floating at the surface.
  • Decrease the heat to medium and cook for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, cover, and let sit for another 15 minutes.
  • Strain the boba, then transfer into the pumpkin spice syrup until ready to serve. Use within 5-10 minutes while fresh, or keep them inside the syrup and refrigerate.

  For the tea

  • Add two tea bags to one cup of boiling water and steep for 15 minutes. Remove tea bags and let the tea cool to room temperature.

  For the drink

  • Spoon the boba to bottom of a tall glass.
  • Add the milk, tea and 1 1/2 oz of the pumpkin spice syrup to a shaker. Fill the shaker halfway with ice and vigorously shake for 5 seconds.
  • Strain into the glass overtop the boba. Add some new ice, a wide mouth straw, and serve!

(Recipes and mages by HonestlyYUM)

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The Details and Facts You Should Know about Chinese Tea Ceremony

The Details and Facts You Should Know about Chinese Tea Ceremony

China is widely known as the hometown of tea, with a tea history of around 4000 years. Tea ceremony originates in China, though, flourished in Japan. Therefore, when people think of tea ceremony, they first think the Japanese tea ceremony. Both Japanese tea ceremony and Chinese tea ceremony conform with the wisdom of oriental philosophy. Furthermore, Chinese tea ceremony reflects the central idea of Taoism,Confucian and Buddhism. That is, the peace.      

Chinese tea ceremony


“The way of tea’, Chinese tea ceremony is not only to drink tea but also to learn and understand the traditional Chinese culture. Therefore, the tea ceremony is the core of Chinese tea culture. By preparing and drinking tea, the tea masters show their personal thoughts and spiritual world. 

There are three distinctive features of Chinese tea ceremony. First of all, from the way you practice tea ceremony, you show us what kind of person you are, your manners, personality, aesthetic view point, and even inner world. Secondly, Chinese tea ceremony requires peace and pureness. Thirdly, the tea ceremony in China calls for authenticity. The fine tea comes with the spring water, the natural environment, the authentic bamboo or wood tools, and the porcelain tea sets.

Chinese tea ceremony   


Sichuan was regarded as the first place in China to drink tea. As far back as 475BC or even earlier, tea trees were planted on a large scale, and the tea was sent to the court as tributes. In Han Dynasty (202BC - 220AD), it was nationwide popular to drink tea, with special tea sets. The tea plantation areas continued to expend to the South and East of China. According to The Book of Tea, the first documented evidence of tea in the world (first came out in 780 during the Tang Dynasty), Shannxi, Shanxi, Hunan, Yunnan, Guangxi, Guizhou, Guangdong, Fujian, Zhejiang, Jinagsu and Anhui provinces later became the main tea production places in China, apart from Sichuan. 

Lu Yu, the author of The Book of Tea, described the theory of tea ceremony, the way of drinking tea, the usage of tea sets and tea morality in this book, making it also the first book of Chinese tea ceremony. 
Chinese tea ceremony
Sichuan tea ceremony

Tea sets for Chinese tea ceremony
Equipment to store tea: Chaze (茶则), teaspoon, tea funnel, tea holder, tea grinder

Equipment to separate brick tea: tea clip, teaspoon, tea needle, tea paddle, tea knife

Equipment to drink tea: teacup, tea aroma smelling cup, cup saucer

Equipment to wash tea sets: tea tray, tea plate, water pot, tea leaves pot, water basin, Chacin (tea towel), tea sets vessel

Other equipment: kettle, tea brush, censer

Chinese tea ceremony
Chinese porcelain tea sets

The famous types of Chinese tea ceremony 

Chinese tea ceremony is about tea drinking, as well as nurturing body and soul, learning Chinese culture and manners, and purifying the mind. Chinese tea ceremony devotes particular care to the fine teas, clean tea water, heat control, tea sets and the peaceful environment.    

Tōcha or tea contrast

Beginning in Song Dynasty (960-1279), Tōcha was the highest form of tea art , and actually a kind of game poplar among scholars. The tea house for tea contrast usually had two floors. The guests would be invited to the second floor, where there were full of prizes. The competitors drank ten cups of tea of four varieties, then told the production areas of the teas, and the source of the tea water. The essence of Tōcha was later absorbed by Japanese tea ceremony.   

Kung fu tea ceremony 

Dating back to Song Dynasty (960-1279), Kung fu tea ceremony is now the most famous type of Chinese tea ceremony and popular in Chaoshan area (Chaozhou City, Shantou City and Jieyang City) in Guangdong Province. The most important thing of kung fu tea is the tea sets. There are at least ten tea sets for Chaoshan kung fu tea ceremony. The way to practice kung fu tea ceremony include five basic steps. Step 1, prepare a bottle of boiled water. Step 2, put the tea leaves into the tea cup with hot water and soak for about 30 seconds, and then spill the water. Step 3, put the tea leaves into the tea funnel to filter out the impurities. Step 4, pour the hot water again, and use the cup lid to stir the tea leaves a little bit. Step 5, pour the tea into the tea funnel again, and it is ready to drink. 

Chinese tea ceremony
Kung fu tea ceremony

Sichuan tea ceremony 

Sichuan tea ceremony is that the tea master pours boiling hot water into a tea bowl from a 1.2-meter long copper pot, without splashing a drop of water. The tea master fits basic kung fu skills and acrobatics into the tea ceremony, with great commentaries. If you are interested in Sichuan tea ceremony, you can take a tea culture tour to Chengdu and find yourself a tea house.  

Zen tea ceremony 

In ancient China, Buddhist monks planted, processed tea and formed the habit of drinking tea. They made a great contribution to the development of Chinese tea. Many ancient famous teas were related to the Buddhist temples. For example, The book of Tea tells that Tianzhu Temple and Lingyin Temple produced West Lake Longjing Tea. Zen tea ceremony blends the elements of tea culture and Buddhist practice. The monks are addicted to tea for three good reasons, to meditate all night long, to help digest, and to suppress sexual desires.
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Chinese tea ceremony

5 Reasons: Why we should drink Matcha instead of coffee

5 Reasons: Why we should drink Matcha instead of coffee

A tradition of Matcha drinking began over a thousand year ago when Buddhist monks in China first started grinding green tea leaves into a fine powder which they then mixed with hot water and drank from one cup.

After about a decade of being present on the market, Matcha is finally becoming a hit in the US where large coffee houses such as Teavana or Starbucks offering them as a part of their menus. Based on the current development it is safe to say that Matcha is on the right way to make it as a part of a basic set of ingredients in the kitchen. Since 2003 when Japan was importing over half a ton of green tea leaves to the US after a decade the amount has doubled and reached 1,163 tons.

Even though Matcha is on the rise Americans are still a nation of coffee addicts consuming about 3.1 cups of coffee per day. The current trends in coffee consumption show that coffee drinkers do not have a very refined taste and usually opt for the cheapest pre-grind coffee which tends to be highly acidic and more likely to cause an addiction.

Considering that both drinks currently boast such a large fan base and will probably be the top 2 rivals on the market for years to come it is worth comparing them in terms of several functional benefits.

#1 Amount of caffeine

On average a roasted coffee bean contains 6g of caffeine. Matcha’s caffeine content differs based on the type and quality, the amount is never quite as high as in regular coffee.

Classic Matcha contains approximately 2g of caffeine per 8oz teaspoon. Koicha, the thicker version of Matcha which contains twice the amount of green tea powder also has twice as much caffeine.

Those who drink coffee are therefore more likely to develop a caffeine addiction and suffer some of the negative side effects of it such as headaches, muscle pain and stiffness, lethargy, difficulty concentrating nausea, vomiting, and feeling of sadness or irritability.



#2 Boost in metabolism

According to various research studies coffee can speed up metabolism and help burn fat. It contains stimulants which send direct signals to fat cells telling them to stop producing fat. However, the effect is not long-term and after a while when a human body gets used to a certain dose of caffeine it stops working.

Matcha not only speed up metabolism like coffee does but it also contains five times the amount of L-Theanine than the majority of popular black and green teas. It encourages the central nerve system to produce alpha waves which keep the mind calm but active at the same time. The result is an improved ability to concentrate, focus and stay in a good mood.

#3 Digestion

Coffee has a PH score of 5 or below which makes it highly acidic. As a result it causes an excessive production of gastric acids which leads to various kinds of digestive discomfort. Some of the problems that coffee drinkers experience include indigestion, heartburn and imbalance inside the gut.

Matcha is sensitive to your digestive system because it boosts metabolism and helps the body to burn fat. A study has found that its consumption can increase body’s natural rate of burning calories (8-10%) four times.

#4 Production

In effort to protect their profits coffee producers are sometimes using chemicals which has been classed as pesticides and should not be used in production of food. For example, methyl parathion, a toxic pesticide banned in numerous countries, is still being used in some factories to kill leaf miners, insects which consumes coffee leaves. Decaf coffee is prepared by a process called ‘soaking’ which means that coffee beans are soaked in chemicals such as methyl chloride, that remove caffeine from them.

Matcha is prepared in a simple, natural way which allows the nature to run its course. It is made from shade-grown tea leaves which are laid out flat to dry until they start to crumble. Once they reach this stage they are de-veined, de-stemmed and stone-grilled and ground to until they turn into a fine talc-like powder.

#5 Energy

In the beginning coffee can give you an energy boost, however, that disappears after some time when the body gets used to consuming a certain dose.

Caffeine, an alkaloid compound present in coffee beans, is stimulant to central nervous system. Caffeine blocks receptors A and A2A of Adenosine, a central nerve system neuromodulator which enables us to fall asleep by creating and binding these receptors. The body’s natural response to that is producing a higher number of the receptors so that a certain dose of caffeine could no longer affect the natural need to sleep. Therefore many coffee drinkers often find themselves feeling tired and need to drink more and more coffee.

 Matcha has a completely different impact. It contains L-theanine, an amino acid which soothes the mind but at the same time sustains alertness of the mind and a high focus. It leaves a consumer feeling rejuvenated without the need to increase amount they drink.

Also, it eliminates the effects of cortisol, a stress hormone which triggers fight or flight response to stress. In case a person is very sensitive and gets easily stressed out under pressure cortisol has harmful effects on the body as it suppresses the imune system, raises blood pressure and slows down digestion.

Matcha Green Tea is anti-cortisol, it reduces stress and helps to stabilize blood sugar. As a result it increases both physical and mental endurance, protects the body against the harmful effects of stress and helps to keep us in a positive mood.