Camomile (Organic, Greek)

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Camomile is a soothing, relaxing herb said to promote feelings of calm and to aid with a restful sleep. Shelgo Tea’s Camomile is sourced from Greece and is 100% organic and additive free.

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Camomile is a daisy-like plant cultivated for its medicinal properties. It is one of the most popular and widely consumed herbal teas and it has been revered for its health benefits for centuries.

  • Type: Loose Leaf Tea
  • Quantity: 50 grams (30+ cups)
  • Origin: Greece
  • Organic: Yes
  • Brew Tips: Use 2 teaspoons per cup & steep for 3 to 5 minutes (adjust brewing time and quantity for stronger/weaker tea).

Camomile produces a pleasant, naturally sweet and slightly bitter taste and an unmistakable aroma, and it goes great with many other herbal teas. It should be drunk without milk and can be consumed without sugar, but if you have a sweet tooth then you can’t go wrong with a dollop of honey.

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Health Benefits of Camomile Tea

Camomile is often consumed as an aid for insomnia, especially in the United Kingdom. But there is much more to this herbal tea than simple sedation, and it may be better suited for the treatment of anxiety and depression.

One study gave camomile tea to 80 postpartum women suffering from “poor sleep quality” and reported significantly reduced levels of stress and depression, with improved quality of sleep when compared to the control group (1).

And sleep quality seems to be key, as these results have been mimicked by many more studies. There is also no shortage of anecdotal evidence out there, with some insomnia and anxiety sufferers swearing by a cup of camomile at the end of a long day.

It is also very high in antioxidants, including a flavone called apigenin that has shown a lot of promise in the treatment and prevention (2) of cancer. Another study found a direct correlation between consumption of this tea and reduced rates of thyroid cancer and other thyroid diseases (3).

And that’s not all, as camomile consumption has also been linked with improved cardiovascular health and blood sugar levels, and it is thought to have antispasmodic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-convulsing properties, which is why it’s great for soothing your digestive tract (4).

So you see, camomile is much more than an herbal sleep aid.

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How to Brew Camomile Tea

When brewed by itself, camomile can steep for up to 7 minutes before it becomes bitter, and even then it’s still drinkable and enjoyable.

Begin with 2 teaspoons of camomile steeped in boiling water for 3 minutes. Add a little honey for sweetness (it creates a rounder, fuller taste than sugar or sweetener) and drink. If you find that you prefer it a little stronger, then you can leave it for a couple minutes next time.

The therapeutic dose for camomile can range quite broadly, as can the tastes of the individual. Of course, these guidelines only apply to camomile on its own. If the tea contains flavourings or other herbs, the rules may change. This is true for our Catnap mixture, because while camomile and lemon verbena are both mild in flavour and difficult to over-steep, the same can’t be said for lavender.

So make sure you read the manufacturer’s guidelines.

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Camomile Tea for Insomnia

Effects of Camomile

Camomile is not going to knock you out like a sleeping tablet would. It works in a very subtle way, relaxing you, calming you, and aiding with a long and restful sleep. That’s why it can also be consumed throughout the day to aid with anxiety and stress.

This is also true of our Catnap blend, which also contains organic lemon verbena and organic lavender. These herbs, like camomile, provide an array of health benefits that extend far above their calming effects. It’s incomparable to a sleeping tablet or to any recreational drug. It’s more subtle, it’s more natural, and it’s infinitely safer, without any serious side effects or grogginess the next day.

However, you may experience some side effects, such as nausea and vomiting, if you consume too much. You should also avoid it if you are allergic to plants in the same family, and if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, consult your doctor first.

Camomile vs Chamomile

There are two ways to spell it and two ways to pronounce it. It can be written as both camomile and chamomile and pronounced as “Kam-a-mile” and “Kam-a-meel”. There is no right or wrong way, but UK English typically favours camomile while US English uses chamomile. The variations in pronunciation likely stem from the fact that one is derived from French while the other is derived from Greek.

It’s pretty convoluted, but to avoid confusion, you should probably just pick one and run with it. That’s what we did.

The Best Camomile

Our camomile contains 100% organically farmed flowers from the mountains of Greece. It’s safe to say that we think our camomile is the best; we wouldn’t sell it if that wasn’t the case, but then again, we would say that.

A lot of the camomile sold in British supermarkets is of a lot quality and is ground to a dust so it fits in the bag.

These drinks are cheap and the teabags mean they are also convenient, but you’re not really getting the full camomile experience. Always opt for a pure, full product, whether it comes in the form of loose leaf tea, as with our camomile, or large loose leaf teabags.

Camomile loses its taste and its potency after a while, so while the stuff you have had in your cupboard for several years may still be drinkable, it won’t be nearly as tasty or as beneficial as a new batch.

You can also find our camomile in our Relaxation Gift Set, which is available here.

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How is it Made?

The flowers and stalks are harvested, dried, and either used to create high-end loose leaf tea or ground into a dust and added to lower-quality teabags. The camomile we sell is loose lead, un-ground, and grown organically on the mountains of Greece.

Camomile is grown throughout Europe and is usually fairly cheap to buy because it is so abundant. But it is also susceptible to many insects and viruses. Crops are often sprayed with pesticides to counter this threat and control the harvest, which means organic growers need to get creative or cross their fingers.

The increasing demand for organic has forced many growers to change their ways despite the difficulties, which in turn has helped to drive the costs down.

Where is it Grown?

Camomile is native to India, Asia, and Europe, but it is currently being grown all over the world, especially in the United States. It tends to thrive in mild, dry climates, which is why Germany has become such a major producer. We source ours from Greece, because while the climate is much hotter, it’s also dryer, and the mountain slopes on which it grows help to keep it cool and dry.

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Additional information

Weight25 g
Used For

Anxiety, Digestion, Insomnia, Stress

1 review for Camomile (Organic, Greek)

  1. Shana Thompson

    Camomile is my bedtime go-to, and this camomile is my new favorite. I’ll admit to adding a bit of sugar to mine, but I’ve tried it without and it’s pleasant that way, as well. I haven’t tried it for a cold yet but i do know that camomile tea has a good track record for curing the sniffles. Keeping some on standby.

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