PART 2. THE HERBS
CHAMOMILE (German and Roman)
MATRICARIA RECUTITA, CHAMAEMELUM NOBILE
If there’s one herb you can call a jack-of-all-trades, this one’s it. Chamomile works wonders on a wide range of ailments, ranging from anxiety to upset stomach to pain relief. In terms of preparations, this easy-to-grow plant isn’t just for teas anymore. Look for it in soothing skin tonics, healing lotions, and other beauty treatments with a purpose.
Did You Know?
In medieval times, chamomile was known as the “plant’s physician” because wherever it was planted, flowers, and herbs around it were healed and rejuvenated. Today, gardeners plant the herb to keep nearby flowers vegetables, and plants healthy and disease free. In medical circles, chamomile is being studied and used around the world for a wide variety of conditions, each one remarkably different. For instance, it’s been used to heal wounds, ease PMS, treat Crohn’s disease, lessen labor pains, and the list goes on. Keep this “plant’s physician” in your home so it’s on hand whenever you need a healing remedy.
Why It’s Essential
Twenty-six countries can’t be wrong. Chamomile has been approved by more than two dozen nations to treat chronic and/or serious issues and ailments ranging from inflammation and infection to colic, muscle tension, and pain. Its active ingredients include azulene, known to be an antifever, anti-inflammatory substance, along with tannins, flavonoids, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, salicylates, and bitter glycosides.
MEDICINAL: Treats or prevents inflammatory conditions like arthritis, aches, pain; provides digestive support and nervous system support to calm, de-stress, and facilitate sleep; treats eczema, acne, psoriasis; heals chest colds, chicken pox, diaper rash, and slow-healing wounds.
COSMETIC: Used in facial teas, lotions, creams, and toners to treat blemishes, wrinkles, and redness; hair brightener and lightener.
•Apply as a cream, lotion, tincture, compress, or poultice
•Drink as a tea or tonic
•Use in a bath
Chamomile has a calming effect that can be sedating. Be aware of the effects before driving. Do not use if you’re pregnant.
Blue Chamomile, Wild Chamomile, Sweet Chamomile
Locating & Growing
•Plant in early spring, full sunlight, and rich soil
TO SOME QUALITY ZZZS
Chamomile (and other calming flowers or herbs) can be sewn into bed pillows, bath pillows, eye masks, or sleep masks to enhance calm and promote a more restful slumber. Dream on!