While many people drink chamomile tea to soothe digestive issues, there’s no specific scientific evidence to support its use for treating acid reflux.

Chamomile is a member of the Asteraceae plant family, which also includes daisies, sunflowers, chrysanthemums, and ragweed. People have traditionally used chamomile flowers to make teas and extracts for:

  • sleeplessness
  • stress or anxiety
  • upset stomach
  • gas
  • skin conditions
  • insomnia

Though chamomile is a common herbal remedy, more research is still needed to determine whether drinking it can relieve acid reflux symptoms.

Keep reading to learn about current research and safety information about drinking chamomile tea for acid reflux.

A 2023 review of functional foods for acid reflux suggests that chamomile tea may offer some benefits. Chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties that may help relieve symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) if you drink it after meals or before bedtime.

However, more specific research on its effectiveness for acid reflux is still needed.

Chamomile may also help relieve stress and anxiety.

High stress levels correlate with acid reflux, so drinking chamomile tea may also indirectly help relieve symptoms or prevent episodes by helping reduce stress. Chamomile may also offer additional benefits, such as:

  • antioxidants, which can support your overall health
  • anticancer compounds
  • positive effects on glycemic control

Learn more about herbal remedies for acid reflux.

Chamomile, turmeric, and ginger teas are popular home remedies for acid reflux. These herbal teas contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds and may offer additional health benefits.

Herbal teas typically do not trigger acid reflux symptoms. They are caffeine-free and a flavorful way to make sure you’re drinking enough water.

However, ingredients in some herbal teas, including those containing mint or peppermint, may trigger acid reflux in some people. If you choose a tea blend that contains multiple ingredients, you may want to avoid those containing mint.

Learn which foods to avoid with acid reflux.

Many people with acid reflux can drink chamomile tea without experiencing any negative side effects.

However, some people may have an allergic reaction after ingesting or coming into contact with chamomile. If you’re allergic to other plants in the Asteraceae family like ragweed, you may be more likely to have an allergic reaction.

Symptoms of an allergic reaction can include:

  • skin rash
  • throat swelling
  • shortness of breath

Anaphylaxis may occur in extreme cases. If you start having any unusual symptoms, you should seek immediate medical attention.

Who should avoid chamomile tea?

You shouldn’t drink chamomile tea if you’re allergic to other plants in the Asteraceae family like ragweed, or if you’re taking cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune) or anticoagulant medications such as warfarin (Coumadin). The herb contains natural blood-thinning compounds that may strengthen the effects of these medications.

If you’re pregnant or nursing, talk with your doctor before adding chamomile tea to your diet.

Chamomile tea may help relieve acid reflux symptoms caused by inflammation or stress. However, no medical research is currently available to determine whether chamomile tea directly impacts acid reflux symptoms.

If you have acid reflux, a doctor may recommend treating it with over-the-counter or prescription medications. They may also suggest post-meal strategies to reduce acid reflux.

If you decide to try chamomile tea, remember:

  • Many people can enjoy chamomile tea with little risk of side effects.
  • Chamomile may cause drowsiness. You may need to avoid driving after drinking it until you know how it affects you.
  • If your symptoms worsen or you experience anything unusual, avoid drinking more chamomile tea until you’ve met with your doctor.