The Benefits of Chamomile Tea for Seniors

Chamomile tea has long been one of the most popular beverages. Some people have even substituted chamomile tea for black tea or green tea, and in addition to the benefits of black and green tea for seniors, they enjoy the benefits of chamomile tea. But do you know about the benefits of this tea? Chamomile tea has many health benefits, and our need for healthy ingredients increases with age. Therefore, in this article, we want to introduce you to the benefits of chamomile tea for seniors.

Properties of chamomile include good sleep and digestion. Besides, chamomile tea contains antioxidants that can reduce the risk of various diseases, including heart disease and cancer. To make chamomile tea, you need to add dried flowers to boiling water and enjoy this fantastic drink.

Chamomile Tea for Seniors

Chamomile is a wonderful plant; It strengthens the brain, nerves and brings you stomach health, and you will sleep comfortably by drinking it.
Since ancient times, people have used chamomile; Chamomile was recommended for malaria and effectively treated pain from trauma. The following will offer some benefits of chamomile tea for seniors.

Improving Sleep Quality

Chamomile has unique properties, and one of the most important effects of this drink is improving sleep quality in seniors. The plant contains apigenin, an antioxidant that binds to specific receptors in the brain and causes drowsiness, reducing insomnia or chronic sleep disorders in seniors.

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One study found that senior women who drank chamomile tea for two weeks after had better sleep quality than others. Also, the symptoms of depression associated with sleep problems were lower in these golden-agers than other seniors in the control group.

Improving Gastrointestinal Health

Proper functioning of the digestive system and proper digestion of food is essential for the body’s general health. Evidence shows that chamomile can help digest food better by reducing the risk of certain gastrointestinal diseases.

The results of several studies on the properties of chamomile tea suggest that chamomile extract, due to its anti-inflammatory properties, can prevent diarrhea.

Another study on a group of older adults found that chamomile can help prevent stomach ulcers; it reduces stomach acid and prevents the growth of bacteria that cause stomach ulcers.

Preventing Some Cancers

The antioxidants in chamomile tea reduce the risk of some types of cancer. Chamomile contains the antioxidant apigenin. Researchers in laboratory studies have found that apigenin fights cancer cells, especially breast cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, skin cancer, and prostate cancer.

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Besides, in a study on 537 seniors, those who drank chamomile tea two to six times a week were much less likely to develop thyroid cancer.

Controlling Blood Sugar

Diabetes and blood sugar are the most important causes of various diseases in the elderly. Another benefit of chamomile tea is that it can lower blood sugar and help control blood sugar in seniors. Increased blood sugar can damage pancreas cells, so it can cause insulin-related issues in seniors who are susceptible to diabetes. However, the good news is that drinking chamomile tea prevents these injuries from chamomile’s anti-inflammatory properties.

In a study of 64 seniors over 70 with diabetes, those who drank chamomile tea daily for eight weeks had lower average blood sugar than others who drank only water.

Animal studies also show that chamomile tea can significantly lower fast blood sugar levels and prevent high blood sugar after eating.

Improving Heart Health

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Chamomile tea is a rich source of flavones which are an essential group of antioxidants. Various studies show that chamomile tea can lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, both of which are considered important heart disease risk markers.

Reducing Inflammation

Chamomile has high antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties and significantly affects treating spasms and cramps in the intestines and stomach. Regular consumption of chamomile tea improves irritable bowel syndrome, nausea, muscle spasms, and gastroenteritis (inflammatory bowel disease) prevalent in seniors.

Reducing Stress and Anxiety

Anxiety and stress are among the factors that can lead to various diseases such as depression. According to statistics, 17% of Canadian seniors are suffering anxiety-related depression. Chamomile tea can significantly decrease this percentage by drinking one or two cups of chamomile tea every day. One of the most well-known benefits of chamomile tea is its treatment of stress as well as anxiety. The warm and soothing nature of chamomile drinks can increase melatonin and serotonin levels in the body to relieve stress and anxiety.

According to an American magazine, chamomile can help relieve headaches and migraines immediately. Chamomile also helps to calm the mind and eliminate the common symptoms of anxiety.

Prevention of Osteoporosis

Chamomile extract can stimulate osteoblasts (cells that make bones). Therefore, one of the properties of chamomile tea is to increase bone density in seniors. As a result, it prevents problems such as osteoporosis. Most calcium supplements on the market are enriched with chamomile extract to enhance bone formation in seniors.

Benefits of Chamomile for Seniors Skin

Due to its anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants, this tea is more than just a herbal drink. The topical application of chamomile tea helps to cure diseases and skin allergies such as dermatitis. It can also reduce old-age wrinkles in seniors who use chamomile-based creams. Furthermore, cosmetics containing chamomile, including lotions, eye creams, and soaps, can keep the skin moisturized and reduce inflammation. Just as green tea reduces signs of ageing in seniors, so makes chamomile tea.

Drinking chamomile tea can also be very helpful for clear skin. Chamomile tea can be used as a natural skin brightener. This tea is rich in antioxidants that help keep skin healthy. It can also brighten skin tone and give you the skin you have always dreamed of.

Anti-Ageing Properties of Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea is an excellent source of antioxidants and protects the skin from damage caused by free radicals. Chamomile accelerates the healing process of cells and tissues and can narrow skin pores and reduce the rate of skin ageing.

Final Words

Chamomile tea is one of the best drinks for all people, especially seniors. You can prevent many old-age diseases by drinking chamomile tea and thus enjoy this golden period of your life for the best.

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8 months ago

I do plant chamomile in my garden, but I hardly remember to make a cup of tea with it. That’s great! But I wish I could find more information about making this wonderful tea with fresh chamomile! Shall I leave the little flowers to be dried or the fresh ones are ok? How much time is needed to put the herbals in the boiling water? Or can I drink this tea with milk or honey?

Reply to  Sue
3 months ago

To make tea with fresh chamomile, place the chamomile blossoms in a tea infuser, pour boiling water over the chamomile flowers, and then steep for 5 minutes. Both dried and fresh chamomiles are great. I’ve never tried chamomile tea with milk, but it has an exquisite taste with honey.

Reply to  Agnes.P
1 month ago

I’ve never made tea with fresh chamomile; I always wait for them to dry for no apparent reason! Perhaps next year I’ll try with fresh ones.

Jenny A.
Jenny A.
7 months ago

Make sure you don’t keep the chamomile long in the boiling water. It will turn the taste to bitter. Two minutes will be enough.

4 months ago

Such a fantastic plant. I love chamomile, but sadly I’m allergic; I can’t even grow them in my garden because I will start coughing even if I don’t smell them. The most I can do is using a chamomile picture as my phone background! I honestly had no idea they were so beneficial, is there any alternative though? I’m ok with green tea, but I don’t really like its bitter taste. 

3 months ago

I’ve never cared for chamomile tea. Perhaps it’s because I have spent many years drinking only green tea, and now I can’t switch to anything else. But I have heard a lot about its benefits. Maybe it’s time for a change.

Reply to  robert
2 months ago

Oh my God, I love chamomile tea. Perhaps you haven’t tried the right brand? Try Tazo tea bags. I strongly recommend you to give chamomile another try because it helps you sleep better and is a great stress reliever.

3 months ago

I’ve never tried chamomile tea. I think all my life I just preferred to stick with black tea. Not that I don’t like it, I just think maybe now I can try to get used to something else. But when I imagine it, I seem to miss black tea right away.

1 month ago

I do agree with the relaxing effect of chamomile tea. I’ve been using this tea for three years before bedtime; then, I experienced a deep sleep. Chamomile and lavender vanished my sleep disorder.