A gentle, soothing cup of chamomile tea - it's perfect for sipping in the evenings to unwind after a long day. But chamomile tea and Zest Tea (the high-caffeine, energy boosting, morning tea for go-getters) actually have a few surprising things in common.
This guide to caffeine tea takes you through the great properties and benefits of chamomile, including how much caffeine it contains.
Chamomile tea is a herbal tea. So, unlike traditional tea types (think green, black and oolong tea), chamomile isn't made from the Camellia sinensis tea plant.
Instead, chamomile infusions are made from the flower heads of the chamomile plant. There are two plants - Matricaria recutita and Chamaemelum nobile - that are harvested for chamomile tea. The leaves and stalks of the plant aren't used.
The origins of chamomile go back to ancient times. Both the ancient Egyptians and Greeks utilised chamomile for it's soothing scent and numerous health benefits (we've dug into those below).
Chamomile flowers produce a naturally sweet tea. It's best described as a hay and honey flavor. Sweet, slightly cloying, musty, and rich. It's not the grassy, herbal flavor you'd usually expect from teas made of herbs.
One 8oz cup of chamomile tea contains roughly 2 calories, 21mg of potassium, a small amount of vitamin A, and traces of calcium, iron, magnesium, folate, and beta carotene.1
On one end of the scale, there's Zest high caffeine tea and coffee. On the other end of the scale, you'll find herbal teas like chamomile. While a delicious chamomile tea may have interesting medical applications and a great range of nutrients, one key thing it is lacking is caffeine.
Chamomile tea is caffeine free.
Chamomile contains no caffeine, which may be good news if you need to watch your caffeine intake! But like many types of tea, chamomile has its own unique health benefits too.
Many studies have proven that caffeine-free chamomile tea has good anti-inflammatory effects. Reducing inflammation has huge, wide-reaching potential for so many ailments and diseases. From inhibiting inflammatory mediator release in inflammatory bowel diseases,2 to effectively treating PMS symptoms in women.3
Chamomile is a great tea to try if you need to lower your blood pressure. While there's no evidence that chamomile will directly lower your blood pressure, we do know that it can reduce anxiety and stress - which can otherwise cause high blood pressure.4
Furthermore, if you need to avoid caffeine due to high blood pressure but are still craving a cup of something hot, chamomile will do the trick.
Chamomile has the potential to lower blood sugar levels significantly, which will be great news for diabetics! Daily consumption of chamomile tea has a glucose-lowering effect and one study found that it was so significant, it could be used as a substitute for conventional drug treatment in cases of hyperglycemia.5
Talk to your doctor or a health professional before making any changes, however.
Given that chamomile tea has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, and it can help maintain healthy blood pressure, it's an awesome drink to consume if you're worried about heart disease. Furthermore, when it comes to caffeine and heart disease, there's conflicting evidence. If you're looking to avoid caffeine altogether, chamomile is a great alternative.
Research has also found that chamomile has antiplatelet properties in vitro, which could suggest that it will prevent clots in stroke patients and plaque build-up in atherosclerosis cases.6
Chamomile can be a traditional, soothing treatment for anxieties and nerves. One study found that chamomile is safe to consume long-term and is effective at reducing moderate to severe generalized anxiety disorder. Compared to current therapies for anxiety disorders, chamomile has no substantial side effects either.7
Chamomile extract can significantly improve sleep quality, according to a study that examined sleep quality in elderly people.8
Along with valerian root and peppermint, chamomile is a popular addition to herbal sleep remedies due to this property.
German chamomile (from the Matricaria recutita plant) can soothe irritation and prevent scratching when the oils are applied topically to your skin.9
This suggests that chamomile is great for maintaining skin health, particularly if your skin is prone to acne and red blemishes that you're tempted to scratch. The antioxidants and anti-inflammatory effects of chamomile may reduce redness too.
There's little scientific evidence to support this health benefit, but some people will swear that a cup of chamomile tea is great for boosting the immune system to treat a cold. While there's no evidence to back this myth up, we do know that chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties that may soothe a sore throat. Furthermore, drinking hot herbal teas is a good way to decongest your nose (much like the steam from a hot shower), so chamomile tea may be good for a cold after all.
Chamomile has shown to reduce the frequency of vomiting in women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. The study found that it was just as effective as ginger at reducing the frequency of vomiting, so it's an effective treatment to settle your stomach!10
The study does note, however, that ginger remains the most effective herbal remedy for reducing nausea.
If chamomile tea doesn't sing to your taste buds, try drinking these teas instead. If you're looking for a bigger tea caffeine boost, check out Zest black tea options below as well.
Green tea isn't caffeine free, but it rarely contains more than 30mg per cup. Unless you're super sensitive to caffeine, drinking green tea won't interfere with your sleep.
Flavor-wise, some Chinese green teas have a warm, hay-like taste. Others, like shade-grown Japanese green teas, have grassier, more astringent flavors.
To find out which tea has the most caffeine, and discover caffeine levels for each tea type, read our guide.
Oolong tea can be lightly oxidized, which gives it the antioxidants and grassy green flavors of green tea, or heavily oxidized to create that richness and body of a black tea.
We think a light oolong tea can be a nice alternative to chamomile, if you're looking for a little more energy in your drink. Some oolong teas naturally have floral flavors too.
Peppermint and spearmint, two of the most popular mint tea types, are also great chamomile and Camellia sinensis tea alternatives. Besides being caffeine-free, mint is also good for your stomach and can aid digestion.11
Sleep remedies contain a mixture of herbs - some with chamomile and some without. If you are looking for a great tea to help you sleep, but aren't keen on the flavor of chamomile flowers, then sleep aid teas are a good avenue to look at.
You'd think that high caffeine tea would be the total opposite of chamomile, but our great energy-boosting morning tea drinks actually have several things in common with a calming cup of chamomile.
If you need an energy boost like a strong cup of coffee but want the soothing qualities of a chamomile tea, we have exactly what you need.
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Have a burning question about chamomile? You might find the answers here.
No, plain chamomile tea does not contain caffeine. Tea blends containing chamomile and tea from the Camellia sinensis plants, will contain some caffeine.
Chamomile tea contains 0mg of caffeine and very few calories - less than 3 calories per serving.
Yes, there's scientific evidence that chamomile can relax your body, reduce anxiety, and get your system ready for a great night's sleep.
Yes! Several of the studies mentioned above show evidence that chamomile is safe to take daily for the long term. Drinking herbal tea made from chamomile flowers is unlikely to cause any severe health issues.
The risks of allergic reactions are possible, but very low. Chamomile is similar to plants in the daisy family, so if you're allergic to those plants, approach chamomile with caution.
Chamomile allergy symptoms are usually quite mild - coughing, itchiness, sneezes and a runny nose are about as severe as it gets! If you experience any of these problems, just stop drinking the tea and talk to a doctor if needed.