6 Reasons to Drink Chamomile Tea

Discover how this organic chamomile, lemongrass and licorice root tea supports more than health.

In case you haven’t been introduced to my designated tea cupboard, I am a tea fanatic. While many high-paced individuals may rely on coffee to get through a day, tea is my drink of choice for numerous reasons. This article discusses the evidence-based healing powers of chamomile tea and highlights a local tea company committed to providing sustainable, fair-trade, high-quality tea.

Potential Health Benefits of Chamomile

1. Anti-Inflammatory

Studies have shown that chamomile can reduce inflammation (2010). Inflammation may be at the root of several medical conditions, including PCOS, IBD, Crohn’s, Alzheimer’s, atherosclerosis, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and more (2018). 

2. Cardiovascular Health

The antioxidants in chamomile tea can help reduce cholesterol levels and blood pressure. One study demonstrated that when diabetics drank chamomile tea with meals, their cholesterol profiles improved (2015).  

3. Immunity

Chamomile appears to be anti-bacterial and may help fight off colds. A study demonstrated that inhaling the steam of chamomile may reduce symptoms of the common cold (1990). Pre-clinical studies have shown that some of the bioactive components of chamomile can reduce the growth of skin, prostate, breast and ovarian cancer cells (2010).

4. Anxiety Relief

Several compounds of chamomile have a calming effect, particularly apigenin. Animal studies have shown that chamomile extract can act as a sedative that could alleviate stress, anxiety, and insomnia. Clinical randomized controlled trials have shown that oral chamomile extract can significantly decrease anxiety in those with mild to severe generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) (2016). 

5. Glycemic Control

Slowing the digestion of carbohydrates and the absorption of sugar can positively affect blood glucose levels and, therefore, prevent insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Compounds in chamomile appear to have this action (2018). 

6. Menstrual Cramps

Drinking chamomile tea may relieve muscle spasms, including menstrual cramps, by releasing glycine which acts as a nerve relaxant (2005).

Chamomile Tea - JusTea

Why JusTea?

When I learned the story behind JusTea, I fell in love with this tea company. Based locally in Vancouver, BC, JusTea is about justly made tea. Their fair-trade tea supports small-scale farmers in Kenya who would otherwise not receive fair or sustainable wages. Since 2012, JusTea has created over 200 jobs for women and children in rural Kenya. The hand-carved wooden teaspoons gifted with each tea order were made by and purchased from 30 woodworking families. Read more about JusTea’s story here.

Chamomile Tea - JusTea

This post was sponsored by JusTea. The Chamomile Cleanse (pictured above) is a blend of organic chamomile, lemongrass and licorice root.

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Magnesium: My Must-Have Mineral While Traveling

Magnesium can assist with regulating our sleep cycles which is important to stay healthy while traveling. Chewable magnesium gummies make it easy!

Traveling is a joy and an incredible privilege, but it can also disrupt our sleep schedule. A change of time zones interrupts our circadian rhythm (especially when going from West to East). Early mornings fueled with caffeine and late nights accompanied by alcohol also affect our circadian rhythm. In addition, a change in eating habits can compromise our vitamin and mineral intake.

Magnesium is important for the proper functioning of our nerves, muscles, brains, and hearts. Several chronic diseases have been associated with low magnesium levels including insulin resistance, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, migraines, ADHD and Alzheimer’s. Magnesium also binds to gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptors. GABA is a neurotransmitter that plays a critical role in relaxation and sleep regulation. Magnesium deficiencies have been linked to sleep disorders. Further, randomized controlled trials have shown that daily magnesium supplementation can improve sleep quality and quantity (20022012).

Magnesium for Travel- Phruitful Dish
On the Mediterranean Sea with my Natural Calm magnesium gummies.

As someone who has suffered from insomnia for most of my life, consuming magnesium has made a huge difference. Since I was a young child I would lay awake in bed at night wondering if I would fall asleep. Then, I would get frustrated with myself for not being able to sleep and the cycle of insomnia continued. I tried everything from inducing a relaxation response to counting sheep. A relaxation exercise I still use today looks like this: I begin by systematically tensing and relaxing each part of my body, starting at my head and ending at my toes. This is known as progressive muscle relaxation and can be helpful for reducing anxiety. Now, along with being mindful of consuming foods high in magnesium, I take a magnesium supplement one-two hours before bedtime. I find I fall asleep faster and wake less frequently (both huge reliefs!). 

Magnesium for Travel

On my recent trip to Europe, I packed my vegan, gluten-free Natural Calm magnesium gummies to help ensure a good night’s sleep, and benefit from the other health properties of magnesium. Chewable gummies eliminate the need to find clean water to take a pill which can be tricky in a foreign country. I also experience anxiety when I have to swallow a large pill so chewable vitamins have been a lifesaver. I would love to hear what your experience with magnesium and sleep has been.

This post is sponsored by Natural Calm Canada.

Why I Drink 1 Green Smoothie A Day

Six reasons why I aim to drink one green smoothie a day, plus my go-to recipe.

Why I LOVE green smoothies:

There are countless reasons why incorporating more vegetables, especially leafy greens, in our diets can positively influence our health.  I find the simplest and quickest way to increase my vegetable intake is by blending greens and taking them with me on-the-go. Here are some of the reasons I aim for one green smoothie a day:

1) Increasing fruit and vegetable consumption (leafy greens in particular) helps prevent heart disease.

2) Green vegetables contain compounds that support our immune system.

3) Greater leafy green consumption has been associated with lower rates of type 2 diabetes.

4) Spinach can help stabilize blood sugar levels

5) Kale provides greater calcium absorption than milk.

6) Fruit and vegetable consumption decreases the risk of cancers of the stomach, esophagus, lung, oral cavity and pharynx, endometrium, pancreas, and colon.

Vegan Green Ginger Spinach Smoothie

Basic Green Smoothie:
  • spinach
  • organic celery
  • avocado
  • fresh ginger
  • nut milk
  • ice

The full recipe for this green ginger goddess smoothie can be found in my vegan eBookCooking with Compassion – 30 Vegan, Gluten-Free Recipes to Nourish Ourselves, Our Families & Our Planet 

Ginger Goddess Green Smoothie (Vegan, Low-Glycemic, Anti-Inflammatory)

PCOS POWERS:
  • spinach = anti-inflammatory, low glycemic index, anti-cancer effects, excellent source of iron, magnesium, & calcium, avoid large amounts if prone to kidney stones or taking blood thinners
  • fresh ginger = anti-inflammatory, may help decrease fasting blood glucose and HbA1c
  • avocado = anti-inflammatory, low glycemic index, high in fiber, may help lower LDL “bad” cholesterol and maintain normal serum total cholesterol levels, contains glutathione which has anti-carcinogenic properties and may boost immunity

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Green Ginger Goddess Smoothie (low glycemic, anti-inflammatory)

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Green Ginger Goddess Smoothie (low glycemic, anti-inflammatory)