How much do you love your morning cup of chamomile tea? Are you wondering if you can safely continue to enjoy your favorite beverage while you are pregnant? If you nodded along, or you have been pondering over any of these questions, consider reading our post on chamomile tea during pregnancy.
Here, we look at all the health benefits and side effects of drinking chamomile tea, and how can it affect you while you are pregnant. So, scroll down and get all the information below.
What Is Chamomile Tea?
The Chamomile is a plant that is quite similar to the daisy. The plant of the chamomile flower is used to make various infusions of herbal extracts that have many medicinal benefits. Some of the most common uses that the chamomile plant are alleviating pain or spasms in the muscles, easing inflammation, relieving pain related to monthly menstruation, solving difficulties with sleep, eliminating problems in the gastrointestinal tract and curing hay fever .
Is It Safe To Drink Chamomile Tea During Pregnancy?
There is not enough medical data that can support the safe use of chamomile tea while pregnant. It is not advisable to drink chamomile tea during the months of your pregnancy. If you would still want to have a few occasional cups, make sure to speak to your doctor before you proceed.
Making and drinking teas has been an old ritual that various cultures and countries across the globe practice. While you are pregnant, it is important to understand the consequences and health benefits of any food or drink you consume during these special months. Herbal teas may be free of chemicals and may not cause as much harm as aerated or caffeinated drinks. However, there are still various health risks that can be associated with drinking herbal teas while you are pregnant (make sure to read all the information provided above regarding safety and side effects).
There are small amounts of coumarin found in chamomile tea that are known to cause mild blood thinning effects. Even though it only affects the blood if you take it in large quantity over a long period, it is not considered safe, especially when you are pregnant. So make sure you first speak to your doctor and check if it is okay drinking chamomile tea while pregnant .
Side Effects Of Having Chamomile Tea:
Like most herbal teas, chamomile tea may trigger some side effects as well. However, you need to consume a large quantity of chamomile tea to feel these side effects. Here are a few known side effects that have been associated with consuming chamomile tea:
- Many doctors believe that taking chamomile tea while you are pregnant can increase the chances of, or even result in, miscarriage.
- Taking chamomile tea may cause drowsiness so make sure you do not take it in large quantities and always check with your doctor about the right dosage. Also, avoid having it if you know you are about to drive or be out on the streets.
- Chamomile tea is known to induce vomiting, especially if you are feeling nauseous or if you are on medication that may induce nausea or vomiting.
- If you are especially sensitive and have suffered allergies earlier, you should be careful before taking chamomile tea. If you have suffered from any allergies related to the daisy plant you should particularly be wary of using the chamomile plant extract in any form, even as an herbal tea.
- If you are due for any surgery, especially if you are going to opt for a cesarean birth, make sure you stop drinking chamomile tea for at least two weeks before the same. Chamomile extracts can have some interactions with the anesthetic drugs that are used during the time of surgery, and may cause an adverse reaction. Speak to your doctor about the same.
- Various forms of chamomile extracts and supplements can also react to any medication that you are taking, even if they are regular medicines that you have to take while you are pregnant. Chamomile is known to interact with blood thinners, painkillers, sedatives and various infection soothing drugs too, so be sure you always speak to your doctor before using chamomile.
- Chamomile is known to have an effect that is similar to that of the hormone estrogen. If you have been at any risk of breast or uterine cancer in the past, make sure you first speak to your doctor and check if you can have chamomile tea. Also, ask how much chamomile tea you can safely have without the risk of any side effects.
How Much Chamomile Tea Can You Drink While You Are Pregnant?
There is no standard dose that is medically recommended safe for consumption while you are pregnant. The most common form in which chamomile is used is chamomile tea. While most people have anything between one to even four cups of chamomile tea a day, if you are pregnant, it is important to speak to your doctor about the dosage. Taking a cup or two of chamomile tea in pregnancy is fine, but more than that may lead to other side effects and other interactions .
Benefits Of Drinking Chamomile Tea:
Chamomile tea is an extremely old and traditional drink that is quite mild. It continues to be a favorite among herbal tea aficionados all over. Even though it is mild, it boasts of many helpful properties that can treat a variety of conditions and diseases. Here are a few ways in which chamomile tea helps with certain conditions:
1. Helps With Insomnia And Sleep Quality:
Chamomile tea is the most popular choice for those who have troubles with falling asleep or staying asleep.
People usually start taking chamomile tea as a means to soothe them to sleep and to help them remain asleep.
It is thought that chamomile contains various properties that help to soothe the nerves and act as a sedative.
If you feel sleepless or anxious during the day, you can steep a cup of chamomile tea and have it. Make sure to first check with your doctor and only then go ahead with the same.
2. Boosts Your Immunity:
If you consume chamomile tea regularly, around one or two cups daily, it can help boost your immunity and ward off various health conditions.
Drinking chamomile tea can increase the levels of hippurate in your body. Hippurate helps increase your immunity by fighting off bacteria that try to invade your body.
Chamomile tea is also considered helpful in fighting off regular cold and cough as well as the viruses that cause the same.
Herbal teas also contain certain nutrients that will help keep your immunity strong and help you stay healthy.
3. Helps To Sooth Cramps And Pains:
Drinking chamomile tea for about two weeks can increase the levels of the amino acid known as glycine in your body. Glycine can help in effectively reducing the pain and spasm in your muscles as well as help to relax your nerves.
It can also help to reduce the pain you may feel in your stomach or abdominal area.
4. Helps Soothe Mouth Sores:
Many people believe that using chamomile tea as a mouthwash can help to take care of painful and often uncomfortable mouth sores. Make sure that you speak to your doctor first as there is no medical data to verify the same.
You can make a blend of chamomile tea and sage tea and use the mix as a mouthwash. Make sure not to swallow it but use only as a rinsing agent.
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5. Keep You Hydrated:
Drinking herbal teas can help to keep you hydrated, especially when you are pregnant.
It is also a great way to include fluids in your everyday diet if you are not always interested in drinking only water all the time.
Some herbal teas can also provide you with various important nutrients such as calcium, iron as well as magnesium.
Having herbal teas can also help to relieve morning sickness and nausea.
No matter the type of herbal tea you are drinking, make sure you do not drink more than two cups a day, but only after your doctor has confirmed and assured you it is safe to have it while you are pregnant.
6. Can Protect You From Heart Disease And Cancer:
Herbal teas contain polyphenols that are great for the protection of your heart and to keep it safe from various related ailments.
It also contains various antioxidant properties that can help to bring down your risk of various types of cancer.
How Can You Make Chamomile Tea At Home?
It is very easy to make chamomile tea at home. Just follow the steps given below and you will be able to steep the perfect cup, just make sure you speak to your doctor first about it:
- Take about a cup of water and heat it till it begins to boil.
- Once the water has begun to boil, remove it from heat and pour it into a cup or mug. Add the dried chamomile tea leaves or the chamomile tea bag and let it steep in the water for about five to ten minutes, depending on how strong or mild you want your tea to be. Make sure that you cover the cup so that the aroma does not evaporate.
- You can choose to strain the water and remove the chamomile leaves or tea bag, or go ahead and sip from the same cup by making sure you do not ingest the leaves.
[ Read: Is Jasmine Tea Safe During Pregnancy ]
How To Ensure You Completely Decaffeinate Your Herbal Tea:
While herbal teas are free of caffeine, you can try out a few easy steps at home that will make sure it is entirely decaffeinated. Here are some steps you can follow to take out any residual caffeine from your herbal tea:
- The first substance that gets released into the water when you are steeping tea is caffeine. It usually happens within the first 25 seconds that you start to steep the tea.
- Boil the water for tea and add the chamomile tea leaves or the chamomile tea bag in the cup in which you will make the tea. Now pour a little bit of the hot water over it and let the leaves steep for about 30 seconds.
- Once the time is up, strain out the water and retain the leaves.
- Now place the leaves again in the cup and pour the hot water over it. Let the tea steep for some time. Most of the caffeine will be gone.
Some Home Remedy Tips Using Chamomile Tea:
Chamomile tea contains various anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic as well as anti-bacterial properties that make it great for use in home remedies. Whether or not you can drink chamomile tea while pregnant will be best answered by your doctor. In the meanwhile, you can also check out these very amazing home remedy benefits of chamomile tea that will help not just you but your entire family:
- It can help you fight indigestion and relieve you of any related cramps and discomfort.
- Herbal teas are a great way to counteract any cold and flu symptoms.
- It also helps to relieve any excess gas or related flatulence in your body, thus helping with digestion.
- If you or a family member suffers from motion sickness, sipping on chamomile tea before and during the trip will help to relieve the discomfort and any nausea that is associated with the same.
- Chamomile tea is a great soothing agent and can help to fight off anxiety and stress.
- It also acts as a mood enhancer and can help to lift up your spirits and make you feel happy and energized.
- Chamomile tea is also good to treat your various aches and pains that are related to your tired, stressed or fatigued muscles. It will help build your stamina and get you back on the path of exercise sooner.
- Using chamomile tea can also help to induce appetite and help you eat better, especially if you are feeling under the weather and have not been able to eat much of late.
- You can use chamomile tea bags as a compress to soothe ear ache. Place warm chamomile tea bags on the outside of your ear to relieve any pain.
- Drinking chamomile tea can help to take care of any pain that you may have in the throat and can also relieve a sore or scratchy throat. Alternatively, you can also use the warm chamomile tea bag as a natural warm compress and place it on your throat to give it a nice warm treatment that will help to reduce pain and inflammation.
- Some people are affected with excess warts on their body. Using chamomile tea on a regular basis can help reduce the appearance of the same. When you have excess lime in your body, it can result in the appearance of warts. Drink two cups of tea each day to cut down the effects of lime and thus reduce the appearance of warts.
- Chamomile tea is a great natural remedy to take care of conjunctivitis or pink or red eye syndrome. You can steep the chamomile tea as you regularly do and let it cool to room temperature or let it cool down even more. Use the cool chamomile tea as an eyewash to help reduce the redness or pinkness. Alternatively, you can place the cool tea bags on your eyes as a cool compress for your eye condition.
- Steep the chamomile tea as you normally do and set it aside to cool down to room temperature. You can also place it in the fridge to make it even cooler. Once the tea is cool enough, you can use it as a natural remedy to take care of any dandruff or other scalp related conditions. Wash your scalp and hair the way you normally do and then use the cool chamomile tea as a final rinse. Do not apply any water or another rinse after the chamomile tea rinse.
- If you have colored or highlighted your hair in the shade of blonde, you can use a chamomile tea hair rinse to add more shine and color to your colored strands.
- You can also make a chamomile bath that will help to take care of various issues such as eczema, itching on the skin, help you to relax and reduce your stress, and help improve your overall mood, and also take care of any cold and cough tendencies.
- To prepare a chamomile tea bath, you can first take about half or one cup of fresh or dried chamomile leaves.
- Next, place them in a clean linen bag and close it properly. In case you do not have a linen bag that you can use for the same, you can also use a clean washcloth and place the leaves in the center.
- Once all the leaves are in place, you can tie the washcloth securely to make sure the leaves will not come out of the cloth when they are placed in the water.
- Now place the chamomile leaves along with the linen bag or the washcloth in the tub and add some hot water to it.
- You have to let the leaves soak in the hot water for at least ten minutes so that all the goodness and the calming properties of the chamomile leaves is released into the hot water.
- Once the time is up, you can add regular, cold or more of the warm water to the tub, depending on the weather and how you like your bath to be. Make sure that you do not add any soap or bubble bath to the water, as it will negate the effects of the chamomile tea.
- Alternatively, you can also make a chamomile tea infusion that you can then add to your regular bath water.
- Another great way in which you can make use of chamomile tea to help you take a soothing bath is by adding it to your regular bath salts. Take some chamomile essential oil and add a few drops of the same, about 10 to 12 drops, to the bath salts that you want to use. Alternatively, you can also add the same amount of chamomile essential oil to a very small amount of vinegar and then add it to the bath water that you are preparing.
Herbs That Are Possibly Safe And Unsafe While You Are Pregnant:
As stated earlier, your doctor is the best person to tell you which herbs you can safely take while you are pregnant and whether or not chamomile tea should be on your safe during pregnancy list. Also, here are a few herbs that are considered possibly safe and unsafe during those special months. However, consult your doctor before you decided to include chamomile herbal tea in your pregnancy diet.
- Red raspberry leaf
- Oats and oat straw
- Ginger root
- Slippery elm bark
- Peppermint leaf
- Black psyllium
- Blond psyllium
- Evening primrose
- Kava kava
Every pregnancy is different, and how one mom’s body reacts is not a fair judge of how your body will react to chamomile tea. While that cup of chamomile tea is surely tempting on a tiring pregnancy day, at the cost of sounding boring and repetitive, ensure you consult your doctor before you chose chamomile tea for pregnancy.
Moms, did your doctor allow you to have chamomile tea during pregnancy? What benefits did you experience? Did you experience any side effects? Share your experiences with fellow mommies. We would love to hear from you. Leave a comment below.
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