Tips, Tricks & Tales from the SESA Beverage Lab
Spring Cleaning for the Body + Mind
What better way to celebrate March than with a detoxifying, relaxing tea. With so much focus put on cleaning our houses for the Spring, why not also clean our bodies and minds?
Chamomile is loaded with health benefits and the addition of our tangy citrus peel enlivens the flavor, making for a beneficial and delicious tincture for the soul.
Chamomile is a flower from the daisy family that is usually consumed by drying the flowers & steeping them in hot water. As such, it is technically not a tea, but a tisane. Tisane refers to any drink made by steeping herbs (usually medicinal) in water.
There's a reason chamomile is such a popular drink. It's loaded with health benefits. We've all taken chamomile once or twice at night to promote a restful night sleep but did you know there are all sorts of other amazing benefits to drinking chamomile!?
So....what are some of these amazing traits? Here are our top 5 reasons to love chamomile:
used as Chamomile contains two types of antioxidants, terpenoids and flavonoids, which are linked to many of its medicinal properties. These powerful compounds help fight the pain, congestion, swelling, and redness associated with inflammation. This anti-inflammatory action is the same reason chamomile is often added to skin creams and other cosmetics, to reduce redness and help heal the skin. Chamomile has been used as an herbal pain reliever for centuries.
2. Immune Booster
Traditionally, chamomile has been used to treat or fight the common cold. It is believed that its anti-inflammatory and calming properties aid in easing the pesky symptoms of the common cold such as runny nose and sore throat. In addition to drinking chamomile, inhaling the steam from a hot cup or bowl of the tea works to clear and calm nasal passages.
3. Anxiety Relief
Chamomile is a natural relaxant, with mild sedative properties. As such, it is a great way to unwind from a chaotic, stressful day. Not only does the meditative process of brewing a fresh cup of tea soothe the soul, but also the compounds in chamomile are linked to increased feelings of relaxation and well-being. It can even be used before bed to promote a restful night's sleep!
4. Stomach Soothing
Studies have shown that chamomile can reduce stomach acidity, helping to prevent ulcers and aiding in smooth digestion. In traditional medicine, chamomile has often been used to treat nausea, bloating, and gas.
5. Lowering Blood Sugar
Chamomile has been shown to help reduce blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. One study even concluded that regular chamomile use prevented blood sugar spikes, thus reducing the likelihood of long term diabetes complications.
On top of all those amazing health benefits, the addition of citrus to our custom blend not only enhances the flavor but also serves a dual purpose. Citrus peel provides valuable antioxidants which can shorten the length of colds, fight dangerous free radicals, and can even help prevent certain cancers.
The epic combination of chamomile and citrus peel create an invaluable tisane for any wellness arsenal. From fighting colds to easing inflammation, this powerhouse does it all with a delicious, relaxing blend of herbs to melt away stress and heal your body from the inside out.