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Is Herbal Tea Safe Sleep Aid?

By    |   Thursday, 12 March 2015 03:54 PM

Question: I drink herbal tea (chamomile) to help me sleep at night. My mother did this her whole life. Is there any problem using this tea instead of a sleep aid?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Chamomile tea is a popular drink made from the flower of the plant that belongs to the daisy family.  It has been used as a folk medicine for its sedative effects, as an inhaled preparation for sore throat, and as a topical agent for skin irritation, and its oil is used to flavor cigarette tobacco.
It must not be taken by those allergic to ragweed (who may react to it), and should not be used in pregnancy. There are reports of negative interactions with Coumadin and cyclosporine, so patients on these and similar agents should avoid chamomile products.
Except for these drug interactions, chamomile has few other reported problems, and would seem a reasonable option for patients after physician review of the medications and other supplements you  take.

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Chamomile tea is a popular herbal drink that is safe for most people to use as a sleep aid.
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