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Chamomile Tea - Tasty and Helpful
Created on 5/18/2012
You might not think about reaching for a cup of tea the next time you have a little indigestion, or even some difficulty falling asleep at night -
but maybe you should.
First, a clarification - not a cup of tea, per se, but a tisane (though still often referred to as tea).
Tea, by definition, comes from the leaves of the plant Camellia sinsensis. This includes black, oolong, green and white teas.
Tisanes come from other plants, especially herbs, and chamomile is one of the commonly used, largely based on centuries of traditional use. For the sake of simplicity, we'll still call it chamomile tea...
Drinking chamomile (Matricuria recutita) tea may help relieve a mildly upset stomach, as well as make you a little sleepy, and so support a restful night's sleep.
Probably not a good idea, however, to drink chamomile if you're about to drive or operate heavy machinery - not a good time to get sleepy!
When brewing and steeping your chamomile tea. try as best you can to keep the container covered so as not to lose some of the beneficial activity found in the steam.
At home tonight, after dinner, consider experiencing the comfort that a nice cup of chamomile tea might offer.
And be well.
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