Anxiety and stress have become part of modern life, but the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has seen stress levels spike among South Africans, resulting in devastating health challenges. Rather than turning to harmful stress-alleviation practices, Laager Rooibos is encouraging healthier stress relievers, like its Chamomile-infused Rooibos tea.
According to a recent survey conducted by Pharma Dynamics, 56% of South Africans are suffering from higher levels of psychological and emotional distress than before Covid-19, largely as a result of financial concerns. Alarmingly, the manner in which they are dealing with stress is causing further harm, with 81% turning to unhealthy food, and 18 to 20% turning to cigarettes and alcohol respectively. Of the 1 200 polled, 65% are neglecting their health, with 52% of people having trouble sleeping.
“The detrimental effects of stress and anxiety have been well-documented, and the emergence of the pandemic has seen even more people impacted,” said COO of Joekels Tea Packers, Natalie White. “Stress can lead to a number of related health issues, which is why people need to find ways to cope with stress in a positive manner. The incredible mental and physical health benefits of Rooibos and Chamomile make our tea both an affordable and effective option for assisting with anxiety.”
Health benefits of Chamomile
1. Reduces anxiety
Chamomile tea has been shown to act as a stress reducer because of the antioxidant, apigenin. This provides a sense of calm that allows the individual to deal with the challenges of the day.
2. Enhances sleep
The apigenin antioxidant binds receptors in the brain that decrease anxiety while also initiating sleep. For those battling with stress-related insomnia, drinking a cup of Laager Rooibos Chamomile tea before bed will aid in sleep quality.
3. Promotes heart health
As with Laager Rooibos - which is acknowledged for its heart health properties by the Heart & Stroke Foundation of South Africa - Chamomile is known to reduce the risk of heart disease. For those suffering from increased stress, the risk of heart disease also increases. Chamomile contains antioxidants called flavones that are believed to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, thereby improving heart health.
4. Improved blood sugar
A high-risk group in terms of Covid-19 are those suffering from untreated Type 2 diabetes. Chamomile is believed to lower blood sugar levels, thereby enhancing the health of diabetics as well as pre-diabetics.
5. Regulates the stomach
Stress often leads to stomach-related issues. Fortunately, Chamomile has anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties which sooth the stomach and alleviate symptoms.