Hi, welcome to Talking with Donna. Today I will share with you information on chamomile tea as a natural remedy for anxiety. I must add this disclaimer first. Please seek the attention of your mental health professional before trying this remedy.
With that being said I am a tea drinker. Let me repeat this I love tea. I tend to try the wholistic teas that have a purpose for me to drink it, not only because I love it, and not all of it tastes good, but for me, it works.
Whether you have been diagnosed with any type of anxiety or you have those moments where you are feeling quite overwhelmed with life, or maybe you have a diagnosis of one of the anxiety disorders and just don’t want to try medication, perhaps these suggestions might be of some use to you.
Several teas have been scientifically proven to have a calming effect on a persons mood. According to the website Nature.com, 2/06/29 , “The Science of tea’s mood-altering magic, not only can the ingredients in a cup of tea lift your mood, it can improve a persons focus and maybe ward off depression and dementia.”
The tea that comes to mind as a soothing, calming tea is the flower tea Chamomile; it’s one of the oldest herbs and medicinal plants used today. This plant has many uses, internal and external, even when it is used in homeopathic treatments for anxiety.
(Again if you have or someone you know are living with anxiety or symptoms please seek help from a mental health professional prior to trying anything on my blog.)
So, I want to look at some of the ingredients that possibly have a claiming effect on our body and the part of the body it effects. I have a box of chamomile tea and to my knowledge chamomile tea is one of the number one teas most people will go to for its relaxing properties.
What is Chamomile and what basic types are used for teas and their medicinal properties as it pertains to anxiety?
According to Botanical.com, there are three types of Chamomiles:
Chamomile, Common: Anthemis nobilis (LINN), Synonyms- Manzanilla (Spanish), Maythen (Saxon), Parts used: Flower and herb. Uses: stewing herb, herb beer.
Chamomile, German: Matricaria chamomilia (LINN), Synonym- Wild Chamomile, Part used: flowers. Uses Carminative, sedative, and tonic.
Chamomile Stinking; Botanical: Anthemis cotula (LINN); Synonyms – Mayweed. Maruta Cotula. Dog Chamomile. Maruta Foetida. Dog – Fennel. Part Used: The whole herb. Uses: Tonic, antispasmodic, emmenagogue, and emetic.
What type of Chamomile, (also spelled camomile) is tea derived from? The Roman, Chamomile (chamaemelum nobile), or German chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla)
Chamomile’s scientific name is Matricaria Chamomillia, botanical name for true chamomile is Matricaria recutita, the active ingredients are chamazulene, apigenin and bisabolol. What are these active ingredients and what part do they play if any in decreasing symptoms of anxiety?
Chamazulene, according to the website Sciencedirect.com, it has many “therapeutic properties” the only one I am concerned with currently is its effect on anxiety, “calming”. This ingredient by itself has many uses.
Although there is insufficient evidence for anxiety and depression, the possibilities lead me to believe more research is needed and coming. Here is some brief information I have found. Apigenin is a flavonoid found in chomomile tea, according to sciencedirect.com it is found to have anxiolytics properties. According to an online article The therapeutic Potential of Apigenin. There is a wide range of uses for Apigenin according to this research one of which is depression. The behavioral effects in these studies where completed on mice and rats over a period of time. The animals that to my understanding had either depressive features my words not the studies or a diagnosis of GAD (General Anxiety Disorder) where administered a chamomile extract….the significance of this study to me is “Responders treated with chamomile, maintained significantly lower anxiety disorder symptoms than the placebo group”. Now granted this is just a small part of this study and there is so much more in-depth information with in this study that is very relevant, if you are interested in reading more concerning this study it can be found on line: The Therapeutic Potential of Apigenin, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.
Bisabolol, is found in the chamomile flower and other plants. I am only going to discuss it as it is found in the chamomile flower (tea). According to Wikipedia it is a natural oil found in the German Chamomile and Myoprum crassifolium. It has many uses from skin care to perfume. This oil is consumed in tea form among other ways.
So, is chamomile tea useful in calming anexity, although research is not clear on the benifits as it pertains to mental health, I do know it has a calmin effect.
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Anexiety and depression association of America, Bridgetorecovery.com/living-generalized-anxiety-disorder, anxiety.org