The origins of our Whole Chamomile Blossoms herbal tea
With its soft golden blooms and full, floral aroma, our loose-leaf Whole Chamomile Blossoms herbal tea will leave you steeped in tranquillity. Awarded two stars at the Great Taste Awards, this fragrant, bright yellow infusion owes its heavenly flavour to the quality of its flowers, which are grown on the fertile plains of Croatia, as they have been for thousands of years. (Chamomile was one of the first tisanes recorded, in an Ancient Egyptian papyrus dated to 1550 BC. )
Completely caffeine-free, this popular herbal tea isn't known as 'calming chamomile' for nothing. A delightfully relaxing drink at any time of day, it's best enjoyed in the evening – particularly after a meal. Add a dash of honey, or even a grating of ginger for an extra warming kick, if you like, and ease into its soothing embrace.
Harvested in spring, only the finest chamomile flowers are selected for this luxury tea, which has a delicious mellow sweetness and characteristic hints of apple. (Chamomile's name is rooted in the ancient Greek word meaning 'ground apple'. ) The plant itself is a member of the daisy family and the whole flowers are picked after they bloom, then dried, during which the white petals usually drop away, leaving the familiar fuzzy yellow head seen in high-quality chamomile tisanes.
What are the health benefits of Chamomile?
As well as a cup of chamomile tea being a joy to drink, this beverage has been associated with a range of health benefits for millennia including those related to heart health, blood pressure and the immune system. The ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians used the crushed leaves as a salve for skin conditions and drank it to help aid digestion and soothe upset stomachs. Recent studies have helped shore up that historic knowledge, showing that chamomile has antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties useful in the treatment of menstrual cramps, gastrointestinal and respiratory tract issues. Chamomile has also been shown to have antimicrobial properties and to be effective in wound healing, and it contains high levels of apigenin, a plant compound known to have cancer-fighting properties. Most famously, of course, chamomile is widely used to help treat stress and anxiety, which is why we recommend a warm cup just before you hit the hay!
Alternatives to Chamomile tea
Enjoy a calming cup of chamomile infused with refreshing tangerine and feel doubly good when you know that 100 per cent of all profits from our SANE Charity Herbal Tea go directly to one of the UK's leading mental health foundations. For more caffeine-free floral infusion options, we recommend our fruity Eden Bliss rooibos herbal tea blend or subtly sweet Organic Vanilla Rooibos. Looking for a gift? A caddy of simple but beautifully fragrant Whole Rose Buds makes an elegant package to send to a loved one.
Seeing the golden flowers of our chamomile infusion steeping away is relaxing in itself. Make sure you give this beautiful herbal tea a chance to shine by serving it in high-quality glassware such as one of our stylish Zenshi infuser cups or luxury teapots with coil filters.