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Welcome to our big camomile tea test 2021. Here we present all the chamomile teas we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best camomile tea for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should be aware of if you want to buy camomile tea.




Summary

  • Chamomile is a medicinal plant that has anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and antibacterial properties and can relieve many kinds of ailments.
  • Chamomile can be used both indoors and outdoors. It has a calming effect and is a classic remedy for anxiety and irritability and insomnia.
  • Chamomile can be enjoyed not only as a tea (chamomile flowers), but also as an extract in cosmetics and a variety of products. (chamomile oil, hair care products, etc.)

The Best Camomile Tea: Our Choices

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying camomile tea

What is camomile used for?

Camomile can be used both indoors and outdoors to treat a variety of ailments.

Thanks to its mild sedative effects, camomile is a classic remedy for relieving anxiety and irritability, treating insomnia and other sleep disorders. It has the advantage that it can also be used on children and babies.

Thanks to its calming effect, chamomile can help you sleep calmly and relaxed (Image source: unsplash.com / Gregory Pappas)

Camomile is very effective for indigestion and relieves stomach and intestinal cramps, especially when caused by emotional tension or irritable bowel syndrome. Also useful for flatulence and diarrhoea.

For allergies, conjunctivitis or red eyes, chamomile can also be used as eye drops, eye wash or poultices. For toothache, sore throat and inflammation in the mouth, it is also used as a mouthwash.

What are the properties of camomile? How does it work?

Chamomile has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antispasmodic properties because its flowers contain bisabolol and matricine.

In addition to the essential oil, which contains bisabolol and matricine, chamomile also contains flavonoids, which have many positive effects on health. About 10 percent of chamomile also consists of mucilage, which has a protective effect on the mucous membranes of the digestive tract.

In addition, chamomile also has antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties thanks to the flavonoids. Bisabolol has an antispasmodic effect and promotes relaxation of the stomach and intestinal muscles. It improves the degassing of the intestines and reduces swelling.

The calming effect of chamomile has been confirmed by many studies. Some researchers even believe that chamomile may have the same mechanisms of action as benzodiazepines, which is an anti-anxiety drug.

Of course, it could be that chamomile does not work in the same intensity and not for everyone in the same way. It is still a good idea to try chamomile before taking any medication.

Can camomile have side effects?

Chamomile (when taken pure) is generally very well tolerated and very rarely causes side effects. However, there are people who should avoid consuming chamomile products.

During pregnancy, chamomile should not be taken or this should be discussed with a doctor. Chamomile flowers have labour-inducing properties and could increase the chances of a premature birth or miscarriage.

You should also not take too much chamomile per day as this could lead to nausea and vomiting.

Therefore, you should strictly follow the recommended dosage. Normally, you should not drink more than three cups of chamomile tea per day.

Even if you have to take sedatives or antidepressants, you should limit the consumption of chamomile tea. You should also do this with other herbs (such as valerian or taiga root) that have anxiety-relieving and sedative effects.

What is the best way to make chamomile tea?

There are many ways to make chamomile tea and you can of course change the recipe to suit your personal taste.

Especially in cold winter months, a hot cup of chamomile tea can do wonders for your well-being. (Image source: unsplash.com / Atul Vinayak)

In the standard recipe for making tea, 2-3 g of chamomile flowers (1 teaspoon corresponds to about 1 g) are poured over boiling water. After 8-10 minutes, you should remove the chamomile flowers through a tea strainer. You can then enjoy your chamomile tea with honey or unsweetened.

For the camomile rolling cure, you should use 2 teaspoons of good quality organic chamomile flowers per cup, cover and steep for 10 minutes and drink it unsweetened and still hot as soon as possible.

How much does chamomile tea cost?

There is a big difference in price between the various ways you can buy chamomile. This can range from around 1 to 50 euros. Organic chamomile is often expensive. Other factors that naturally influence the price are the quantity in the package, the origin and the manufacturing processes.

Camomile in the collective imagination is a small box that you can buy in any supermarket for a few euros (or even cents). If you want to drink any chamomile tea just for the aroma and you even sweeten it: any chamomile is fine!

If you are looking for a product where the natural properties are preserved, the price will of course be higher. The price will also change depending on what kind of chamomile you want to buy.

Product Price
Real chamomile approx. 3-40€
Roman chamomile approx. 5-150€

What are the alternatives to camomile tea?

If you don't like chamomile at all but want to benefit from similar effects, you could use other medicinal plants and other types of infusions.

The range of medicinal plants that could help you with ailments or just to relax is very wide. In the following table we try to give you an overview of them.

Ginger

Helps with gastrointestinal problems or travel sickness. It can have positive effects on pain, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, obesity and colds.

Lavender

Can help with depression, difficulty falling asleep, nervous restlessness, stress, bloating, flatulence, inflammation of the gums. Lavender tea is not the only possible alternative; there are many other ways of administering the lavender bush.

Here are a few more alternatives that can alleviate various complaints and thus increase your well-being.

Medicinal plant Use
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) Effective against insomnia, nervousness, anxiety, stress, migraine, stomach complaints.
Fennel For calming the stomach and intestinal tract. Antispasmodic and effective against flatulence and digestive problems.
Daisy Astringent, blood purifying, antispasmodic, analgesic, stimulates the metabolism and digestion.
Lemon balm The ingredients and the essential oil have a relaxing and calming effect.
Peppermint A proven remedy for headaches, colds and gastrointestinal upsets.
Sage It is used for colds or inflamed mucous membranes in the throat and pharynx due to its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, but also in higher concentrations antiperspirant effect.

Decision: What types of camomile tea are there and which one is right for you?

Although there are many varieties of chamomile, you have to choose between two options when buying it.

  • Real camomile
  • Roman chamomile

The two varieties look similar and can easily be confused. However, it is not impossible to tell them apart. For one thing, unlike true chamomile, Roman chamomile is a perennial herb and it is much smaller.

There are advantages and disadvantages to choosing between the two different varieties. In the following section we would like to make the decision easier for you.

What are the characteristics of true camomile and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Real camomile is what we all have in our kitchen and what we understand by "camomile". The botanical name of true chamomile is Matricaria Chamomilla or Matricaria Recutita, but it has a number of folk names such as German or blue chamomile, apple weed, cummerbund, motherwort, cow parsley or mace. In English it is called Chamomile.

This herbaceous plant flowers once a year between May and June and can reach a height of about 80 cm. The leaves are very thin and pointed. Chamomile is widespread in meadows and fields and it gives off an intense aroma.

It has anti-inflammatory, calming, spasmolytic, healing and antibacterial properties. It is one of the best known and most widely used medicinal plants in the world.

Advantages
  • Widely available and inexpensive
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Available in sachets or loose
Disadvantages
  • Industrial camomile often contains additives
  • Too high a dosage could lead to side effects
  • Some manufacturing processes could damage the beneficial properties

What are the characteristics of Roman chamomile and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Roman chamomile is known in botany as Chamaemelum nobile. In the vernacular it is also called garden chamomile, Welsche Kamille.

It is smaller than the true camomile and can grow from 10 to 40 cm and it is a perennial plant. It has small, one to two pinnate leaves that are greenish-white in colour and have narrow, short tips.

It is used in a similar way to true camomile, but it is not easy to find in Central Europe. However, it can be found in western and southern Europe up to altitudes of about 1000 metres.

Roman chamomile has excellent properties and is used to treat mild spasmodic gastrointestinal complaints, flatulence and flatulence.

Advantages
  • Antipyretic
  • Regulates menstruation
  • Better properties than true camomile
Disadvantages
  • Not widely used
  • More expensive than true camomile
  • When consumed in large quantities, it is emetic

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate camomile teas

In the following, we will show you which aspects you can use to decide between the many options.

The criteria you can use to compare chamomile include:

  • Origin
  • Supplements
  • Bag, loose or instant?
  • Packaging

In the following paragraphs we will explain what is important in each of the criteria.

Origin

Camomile is widespread throughout Europe, including Scandinavia, and in northern Asia and has been naturalised in almost all parts of the world (Australia, New Zealand, South America, North America).

If you want to buy high-quality chamomile or chamomile flowers, you should check that it is untreated and has been gently dried.

It is always better to buy chamomile directly from the area and in the times when it is harvested. In Germany, the medicinal plant is widespread, but in any case you should always inform yourself about the cultivation methods and the use of pesticides.

It is of course appreciated if the products have been subjected to organic controls and if they are organic.

Supplements

If you want to reap the full benefits of chamomile, you should take a significant amount of it. It would therefore be a shame if unwanted substances were hidden in your cup.

When you buy chamomile or chamomile tea, you should check that there are no flavourings, sugars or heavy metals in the blends.

Many producers follow the criteria of controlled integrated agriculture (KIA). In this case, no fields are cultivated along busy roads or near industrial plants. This avoids (or minimises) the presence of dust or heavy metals cadmium and lead.

Bag, loose or instant?

Many people are convinced that tea bags generally contain only the leftovers. That could be the case...but only if a packet costs only a few cents!

There are many good teas that can be bought in the bags. Medicinal tea preparations are one example. These are high-quality products and have valuable active ingredients. The tea bag is only a "dosage form", whereby the active ingredients of the tea mixture are always in the right dosage.

Instant tea is a drink made from a tea or tea-like extract. Instant tea is often found in granule form. In addition to the powdered tea extract, these drinks usually also contain sugar, flavourings and usually sweeteners.

This means that they are not really healthy. Camomile, like the other tea blends, is certainly better and healthier in sachets or loose!

Packaging

If you are not only interested in the environment, but also in the impact that packaging made of a certain material, or a metal tip on the tea bag might have on your tea, you should also consider the packaging as a buying criterion.

There might even be plastic hidden in the tea bags: The material used is a heat-resistant plastic called polypropylene.

In any case, the plastic content is usually relatively small: in some tea brands it is 20-30%, but if you think about how much plastic waste could be avoided without bags, wouldn't you rather buy loose camomile tea?

Facts worth knowing about camomile tea

What other forms of camomile are available?

Chamomile can be enjoyed not only as a tea (chamomile flowers), but also as an extract in cosmetics and a variety of products. (chamomile oil, hair care products, etc.)

The chamomile extract in cosmetic products is especially thought for sensitive skin or in case of allergies. Chamomile is widely used in scalp care products and shampoos for people with light hair because it has a protective effect against external influences.

Due to its soothing properties, chamomile oil is suitable for protecting the sensitive skin of children or in cases of acne, eczema, dermatitis, itching and psoriasis.

Chamomile oil is also widely used in aromatherapy for its calming and antidepressant effects.

It is incredible how many uses chamomile has. (Image source: unsplash.com / Ioana Cristiana)

As a tea, you can buy chamomile flowers loose or in filter bags. If you buy chamomile in bags, the flavour and the oils, which are contained in the so-called glandular hairs, can be destroyed when the medicinal plants are crushed for filling the bags.

Although there is also good chamomile in sachets, the quality of loose chamomile tea is often much better. In addition, the designation "medicinal tea", which you often find on the packages, stands for very high-quality products.

What is a camomile rolling cure?

The camomile rolling cure could be the solution if you suffer from mild stomach or intestinal problems. It should be able to help with gastritis and heartburn by protecting and strengthening your stomach lining.

For this hamomile rolling cure you need about one hour in the morning. You should be sober. So no coffee and no cigarettes!

You should prepare 2 cups of chamomile tea and drink it quickly while it is still hot. (You will find out how to prepare chamomile tea for this cure in the next point)

Then you should lie down on your back and stay in this position for about 10 minutes. Then you should turn onto your left side for 10 minutes, then onto your right side (again 10 minutes) and finally onto your stomach for 10 minutes.

Finally, you should relax for half an hour and then have breakfast.

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