In our quest for natural remedies to enhance mood and emotional well-being, chamomile emerges as a fascinating contender. Chamomile has long been cherished for its calming properties. This dainty flower has gained recognition not only in the realm of herbal medicine but also within the field of psychology. HeyHappy wants to share this with you:

Chamomile, derived from the Matricaria chamomilla plant, has been treasured for centuries for its potential to induce relaxation and alleviate stress. The flower contains bioactive compounds such as apigenin, bisabolol, and chamazulene, which possess anti-anxiety and mood-enhancing properties. These compounds interact with receptors in the brain, particularly the GABA receptors, contributing to a calming effect on the nervous system.

Scientific studies have explored chamomile’s potential impact on mood regulation and emotional well-being. A randomized controlled trial conducted by Amsterdam et al. investigated the effects of chamomile extract on individuals with generalized anxiety disorder. The study found that participants who received chamomile extract exhibited a significant reduction in anxiety symptoms compared to the placebo group.

Chamomile’s benefits on mood are closely intertwined with its ability to reduce stress and promote relaxation. A study by Chang et al. explored the effects of chamomile tea consumption on physiological and psychological markers of stress. The findings indicated that regular chamomile tea intake led to a significant reduction in stress hormone levels and improved overall well-being.

Furthermore, chamomile’s influence extends to improving sleep quality, an essential factor in maintaining a positive mood. A study by Zick et aL. investigated the effects of chamomile extract on sleep quality in postnatal women. The results showed that chamomile supplementation was associated with improved sleep efficiency and daytime functioning, contributing to an enhanced mood. Chamomile, a gift from nature, holds the potential to enhance mood and promote emotional well-being through its calming and stress-reducing properties.

So don’t underestimate this dainty but powerful flower. HeyHappy wants to encourage you to incorporate chamomile into your daily routine is a simple and effective way to tap into its mood-enhancing benefits. Here’s an easy chamomile tea recipe you can try:

Chamomile Lemon Honey Tea


  • 1 chamomile tea bag or 1 tablespoon dried chamomile flowers
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon honey (or to taste)
  • 1-2 slices of lemon


  1. Place the chamomile tea bag or dried chamomile flowers in a cup.
  2. Pour boiling water over the chamomile.
  3. Allow the chamomile to steep for about 5-10 minutes, depending on your desired strength.
  4. Remove the tea bag or strain out the chamomile flowers.
  5. Stir in honey to taste.
  6. Squeeze in lemon slices and stir gently.
  7. Enjoy your chamomile lemon honey tea, preferably in a calm and quiet environment.

written by Derika de Villiers, Clinical psychologist