Chamomile Tea With Honey Benefits: Colds, Sleep, and More


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Many of us enjoy drinking tea for its benefits, and sometimes we like adding other ingredients to enhance the taste and even the benefits further. One of those additions is honey. Chamomile tea with honey benefits us in a number of ways.

In this article, I’m outlining all the benefits that honey brings to Chamomile tea and more information on the effects this can have on your sleep routines, and more. Here we go first with a short summary before the main details…

Chamomile tea with honey benefits:

Chamomile with a 1 tsp. of honey can help alleviate colds and sore throats, and reduce headaches. It aids stomach cramps, gastrointestinal and IBS ailments. It regulates blood flow and helps sleep disorders. Inhaling steam from chamomile extract can soothe an irritated nose and throat.

Here’s a quick list summary of Chamomile tea benefits with Honey…

  1. Heals wounds faster 
  2. Eases flu and cough related symptoms 
  3. Control gastrointestinal ailments
  4. Aids with sleep disorders
  5. Regulates blood sugar levels
  6. Inhalation eases nose and throat irritation

I’ve written extensively on honey, in particular, which type of honey you should use with tea …and yes, there is a difference!

Firstly, let’s just make sure we’re ok to put honey in Chamomile tea…

Can we put honey in chamomile tea?

It’s perfectly fine and quite common to add honey to Chamomile tea. Honey can be used as an additional ingredient with chamomile tea and with a number of other teas. As well as sweetening the taste, honey provides additional benefits.

Chamomile tea on its own, without the addition of honey, has its own range of benefits. But adding just 1 teaspoon of honey can contribute to its beneficial effects…

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Chamomile tea with honey benefits

Below I‘ve detailed the most common and specific benefits of chamomile tea with honey:

1. Heals wounds faster

The antiseptic properties of chamomile assist in healing wounds quicker. It also helps in lowering the possibility of an infection that can result from your wound.

Obviously do not rely on Chamomile tea to heal any major wounds. For those, you should – of course – seek medical advice. But minor cuts and abrasions can be aided in recovery with Chamomile tea.

Studies show that properties in chamomile can kill viruses and bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus, the cause of staph infections. It can reduce inflammation, and prevent and/or treat ulcers

2. Eases flu and cough related symptoms

Experts suggest that chamomile tea with honey can reduce nighttime coughing, particularly in children.

We all know that honey remedies exist for cold and flu symptoms. So it’s no surprise that honey – when added to chamomile tea – can also ease flu and cough-related symptoms. While the chamomile’s antibiotic properties also help to fight off any flu-triggering bacteria.

3. Control gastrointestinal ailments

The Antispasmodic properties of the chamomile flower in chamomile tea, along with the helpful anti-inflammatory effects of honey can control gastrointestinal ailments such as indigestion and stomach cramps.

Antispasmodic properties can also eliminate harmful bacteria or germs that are present in the gut. Thereby relieving symptoms such as stomach irritations, digestive disorders, and gastric ulcers.

You might also want to check my article giving the list of teas to reduce bloating. Or if you like the idea of green tea, then check out green tea for bloating.

4. Aids with sleep disorders

The honey in your chamomile tea releases a chemical called serotonin – the happy hormones – which allow your body to relax.

On the other hand, the chamomile flower has sedative properties. This combination can relax your blood vessels, normalize a sound sleep or ease sleep disorders like Insomnia. It essentially puts you into a “happy sleep mode”

You can get the best result if you take a cup of chamomile tea with honey within an hour before bed.

5. Regulates blood sugar levels

Elements like fructose (fruit sugar) and glucose (simple sugar) are organically present in honey.

So when you consume a cup of chamomile tea with honey, these elements can easily react to the insulin and glucose levels of your blood. From there, they help to regulate blood sugar levels.

To add to this, the esculetin compound available in chamomile can also subdue your blood sugar levels.

Will chamomile tea with honey still help me sleep?

Yes, chamomile tea with honey eases sleeping disorders. Taking a cup of chamomile tea before bed can help you sleep.

The antioxidant and sedative properties in chamomile tea combined with the serotonin properties of sugar, can promote sleepiness and have been effective in improving overall sleep quality. 

Having something sweet in general before bed is believed to make your brain perform better at night and promote a night of deeper sleep.

So adding a small amount of honey to your cup of chamomile tea can be effective to help you sleep better. 

If you’re looking for more of a detox regime, then check out the benefits of drinking lemon tea at night. As well as the differences between green tea and lemon tea.

How much honey do I add?

Usually, adding honey to chamomile tea calls for 1 tsp. of honey per one cup of chamomile tea. You can add more depending on your taste or preference. But make sure not to add too much, because chamomile tea on its own can be sweet. 

If you’re taking chamomile tea with honey before bed, or for improved sleep, then limit it to 1 tsp. of honey. Adding too much honey can interfere with your insulin levels and snooze sleep patterns. 

How to make Chamomile tea with honey

Ingredients needed:

  • A cup of hot water 
  • 1 chamomile tea bag, or 1-2 tsp. dried chamomile flowers
  • 1 tsp. of honey 
  • Teapot and strainer if using leaves
  • Tea spoon

Instructions

  • Add the chamomile tea bag, or dried chamomile flowers into the hot water 
  • Let it steep for 2-3 minutes (more if you require a stronger flavor) 
  • Strain the tea
  • Add 1 tsp. of honey
  • Serve and enjoy
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Chamomile tea with ginger and honey benefits

As well as the benefits we’ve spoken about from adding honey to chamomile tea, you can increase the benefits further by making ginger and honey Chamomile tea.

Ginger and honey in chamomile tea bring ginger benefits along with honey benefits. On its own, chamomile tea is packed with antioxidants. Honey adds flavor, antiseptic properties, and anti-inflammatory benefits. Ginger root brings additional digestive benefits to the stomach and reduces nausea.

Can you drink Chamomile tea with honey every day?

Although there are few studies around this, there are no set rules around how much chamomile tea you can consume each day. This includes chamomile tea with honey. I would recommend no more than 3-4 cups per day.

Chamomile tea is actually a herbal drink, it’s not a true type of tea like green tea or white tea. So there is no caffeine to be concerned about, which is often why tea consumption should be limited.

For a full guide, why not consult my other article on how many cups of tea per day, where I go into more detail on how much you should drink.

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