Researchers at the University of Rome believe that a component found in chamomile tea could help improve the odds of surviving malignant mesothelioma. Chamomile tea consists of a plant pigment called apigenin, which has the potential to be used in new mesothelioma treatments.

The Study

In a lab, researchers applied apigenin to mesothelioma cells to see the effect that it had on their functions.

Researchers analyzed some of the following effects:

  • Cell proliferation
  • Cell cycle regulation
  • Cell death
  • Cell destruction

Lastly, the researchers studied the impact that apigenin had on mesothelioma tumors in living mice. They were quick to discover that the apigenin treatment reduced the risk of tumor growth and increased the median survival rate.

Benefits of Apigenin

Apigenin is considered an anticancer compound. It is a plant component that many researchers continue to investigate for its potential use in treating several types of cancers, including mesothelioma.

Researchers believe that apigenin has the following properties

  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-stress

Patients can get the benefits associated with apigenin by having diets that are rich in fruits and vegetables.

You can find apigenin in:

  • Chamomile tea
  • Oranges
  • Grapefruits
  • Onions

You can also find apigenin in certain spices such as oregano, parsley, tarragon, basil, and cilantro. Apigenin has the ability to reduce anxiety and if enough of it is consumed, it can even cause sedation.

2 Chamomile Tea Recipes

You can purchase organic chamomile tea bags of your favorite brand at your local retailer. However, here are two recipes that help you to make your own chamomile tea.

  • 1

    Homemade Chamomile Tea

Image if tea cup on saucer with chamomile flowers floating in tea and around the saucer.

  • 2 tablespoons of fresh chamomile flowers
  • 2 cups of boiling water
  • 2 thin slices of apples
  • Optional: add honey, lemon or mint to taste


  • Rinse chamomile flowers with cool water
  • Heat water until it boils
  • Add the apple slices and mash them
  • Add all of the chamomile flowers
  • Cover and let steep for 3 to 5 minutes
  • Strain the tea into your drinking glass

At this point, you can add honey, lemon or mint to your tea. This recipe will allow you to make 2 cups.

If you aren’t a tea drinker, do not fear, here is a solution. This recipe allows you to get the benefits associated with chamomile tea but in the form of a popsicle.

  • 2

    Chamomile Tea Popsicles


  • 3 cups of water
  • ⅓ cup of honey
  • 4 tea bags of chamomile tea or ¼ cup and 1 tablespoon of fresh chamomile flowers


  • Bring water to a boil in a pan
  • Add in honey and chamomile tea bag or fresh chamomile flowers
  • Let the ingredients steep for 10 minutes
  • If using fresh chamomile flowers, strain your tea
  • Pour tea into popsicle molds, but leave about ⅛” room at the top of each mold
  • Make sure the top of your popsicle mold is dry before you put it in your freezer
  • Let popsicles freeze overnight or for at least 8 hours

You can store your popsicles in a lidded container, freezer bag, or you can simply help yourself to them directly from your popsicle mold. Your popsicles will have a freezer life of about a week.

Some researchers believe that drinking tea may help a patient during treatment. However, some evidence suggests that it may weaken or intensify the effects of chemotherapy. It is always best to speak with your doctor about any kind of herbal supplement that you are taking.

Guide Packet Desktop Ad

Want to learn more?

Try Our Free Guide to Fighting Mesothelioma

Get in depth knowledge about your diagnosis & the best treatments.

Learn More
Guide Packet Mobile Ad

    Sources & Author

  1. Frontiers in Pharmacology. In Vitro and In Vivo Anti-tumoral Effects of the Flavonoid Apigenin in Malignant Mesothelioma. Retrieved from: Accessed: 07/07/2017.
  2. National Cancer Institute. Tea and Cancer Prevention. Retrieved from: Accessed: 07/07/2017.
  3. Herbal warning for chemo patients. Retrieved from: Accessed: 07/07/2017.
  4. Chamomile Herb Tea. Retrieved from: Accessed: 07/07/2017.
  5. The Tea Talk. Chamomile Tea Recipes (Nutritional, Topical, and Cosmetic!). Retrieved from: Accessed: 07/07/2017.
  6. Vanilla and Bean. HONEY CHAMOMILE POPSICLES. Retrieved from: Accessed: 07/07/2017.
  7. Apigenin. Retrieved from: Accessed: 07/07/2017.
  8. The Institute For Natural Healing. This Tea Kills Cancer Cells. Retrieved from: Accessed: 07/07/2017.
  9. BodyNutrition. The benefits and side effects of apigenin. Retrieved from: Accessed: 07/14/2017.
Picture of Nicole Godfrey

About the Writer, Nicole Godfrey

Nicole Godfrey is the Senior Content Writer for Mesothelioma Guide. She writes and edits pages to make sure that mesothelioma patients and their families receive the most current and significant information about mesothelioma.