Whilst sipping my chamomile tea in the evenings for as long as I can remember, I can't think why it took me so long to look at all the reasons this plant can help us so much. And why that meant I could then share this beautifully calming remedy with all of our children.
Used for centuries as a natural remedy, we looked to an ancient herb that has science going for it too.
When we were researching all the ways to add calm and anxiety reducing natural ingredients in to our new formula BE SLEEPY, there was an obvious botanical that I was keen to include from the start.
A commonly found plant, chamomile is a herb that comes from the daisy-like flowers of the Asteraceae plant family. It has been consumed for centuries as a natural remedy and often due to the calming effect it produces.
Chamomile marries my favourite ways of proving efficacy; time-honoured tradition as well as science-backed reasoning that means this works so well.
"if you consult with science, research shows that chamomile might be a better option (than most sleep aids). That's because it contains an antioxidant called apigenin, which can promote sleepiness and reduce insomnia and other sleep problems."*
And this apigenin, binds to specific receptors, known as GABA, in your brain that may decrease anxiety and improve sleep.
The child nutritionist practitioner and functional medicine expert Lucinda Miller rates chamomile to calm and also help balance out overdoing it on the junk food too:
"Chamomile is very calming for children as it naturally contains the neurotransmitter GABA, which can help with sleep and also help melt worries away. GABA also helps to balance cranky, hyper and wired kids after eating too many ultra-processed foods."
The "natural botanicals that can help to build a neurotransmitter called GABA that keeps us cool, calm and relaxed – think of GABA as your inner zen like Buddha!"
BE SLEEPY now with chamomile
We added chamomile in to our new formula BE SLEEPY for all of these reasons and have been thrilled to see how fabulously you have been seeing the calming results.
* From the Pub Med Report Chamomile: A herbal medicine of the past with bright future