A sooth­ing cup of tea

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Chamomile flow­ers can be used to make tea. A cup be­fore bed­time has a calm­ing ef­fect on the ner­vous sys­tem, lead­ing to an im­proved night’s sleep. Chamomile also has anti-in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties, and the tea can aid di­ges­tion and soothe mouth ul­cers and ir­ri­tated gums. Fresh or dried flow­ers may be used, al­though fresh ones pro­duce a slightly sweeter drink. One dessert spoon­ful per cup is added to boil­ing wa­ter and left to steep for 3-4 mins be­fore be­ing strained and served. Su­gar may be added if de­sired. It is ad­vised to cover the tea while it brews, as some of the ben­e­fi­cial prop­er­ties of the flow­ers may be lost in the steam.

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