Chamomile is for those who complain without suffering.
Most books and articles only mention the flowers of chamomile (Matricaria recutita), and most health food stores only stock the flowers. That's strange, as the greens of chamomile are perfectly good medicine, if a bit less potent. And it's much easier to pick and dry the plants, rather than the flowers.
Chamomile tea is very good in kid's colic, but you can use it in adult gut cramps as well. Chamomile removes the craving, need, shouts for attention, which makes it even better in most of the things that trouble small children (and some older people). It's calming, and can be drunk as an evening tea.
It's excellent for those who complain without suffering. Because chamomile is so potent an anti-inflammatory, it can be used for things like urinary tract infections - and allergies.
- 1 teasp. dried chamomile
- 2 dl boiling water
Pour water over herb, let steep 5-10 minutes, strain, let cool to drinkable, drink. This should not be sweetened for gut troubles, but you can add honey or sugar for its other uses. Not that it needs sweetening, but shrug.
Source: Henriette's Herbal Blog
The Health Benefits of Chamomile Tea
Posted by Lee Dobbins
Tea drinkers love Chamomile Tea
. In fact, many tea lovers prefer this type of tea over many others. It is very popular and at least once in your life, it is likely that you have had Chamomile Tea at some point. However, while many people simply love the tastes, they are completely unaware of the many benefits that can be had with Chamomile Tea.
For instance, did you know that this chamomile tea type has calming benefits? It is true, the calming affects of Chamomile Tea is so intense that it can be used to treat insomnia, to calm yourself after a stressful day, or even just for relaxation. Because this type of chamomile tea carries some properties of sedation, it can be a great alternative treatment for depression. This is especially true if the depression is caused by nervousness. Many people drink a cup of Chamomile Tea at bedtime to help them fall asleep better and have a better nights rest.
Of course, that is not all the benefits by any means. For pregnant women, drinking Chamomile Tea on a regular basis during pregnancy can help in alleviating morning sickness. This is good news for the millions of women who suffer from the dreaded morning sickness while pregnant. At the same time, women who suffer from menstrual cramps can find some comfort and pain relief while drinking Chamomile Tea. In other words, chamomile tea is known as a woman's best friend in many cases.
The tea can even help with addiction, such as those to alcohol or nicotine. Many people chew on the flower buds, after they have been dried, to help rid of their cravings. Chamomile Tea cloves can be used for pain relief for toothaches, if placed and held in the mouth where the pain is.
Children even benefit from Chamomile Tea. Helping stomachaches, diarrhea, and colic, is some of the many properties of the tea for children. It is no wonder people are drinking more tea these days, with all of these benefits, everyone should definitely be drinking Chamomile Tea. Of course, that is not all when it comes to benefits either. In fact, the tea can be used as a hair tonic. The unsweetened variety is great for eliminating residue, restoring shine, and even brightens shades of blonde hair, when used as a rinse. This makes a great alternative, in the natural form, to coloring the hair, which can really damage the hair as a whole.
Chamomile tincture - ideally made with brandy - combined in equal parts with rescue remedy has proven an excellent topical/internal for my teething little boy. Eases the pain and the irritability. I've also made (for us big folk) Chamomile ale ... mmmm. And Chamomile is divine infused in hot apple cider... and if you smoke, you can cut your tobacco with apple bark and leaf and chamomile ... adds flavor and a nice "chamomile glow"...
Source: Henriette's Herbal Blog
Chamomile Beauty Mask
Take a handful of dried chamomile. Strain them after 20 minutes and use after mixing it with honey and oatmeal.
- Dried chamomiles
- Oat meal
Chamomile Bath Sachet
Use 1/2 to 1 cup fresh or dried herb tied in linen bag. Place in tub with hot water, let soak for 10 minutes before bathing.
Usually, people pick just the flowers. And that is a waste of good herb: the stems of chamomile (Matricaria recutita) are perfectly useful, if weaker than the yellow flower.
It's easiest to just pull up a bunch of whole plants, roots and all - they're annuals which lean on one another, and their taproots are really pretty small.
Pic: Drying chamomile. Discard any flowers and stems with aphids, pick off snails, discard flowers with spiders, and check for other infestations.
If your plants are in full flower, they're about 1/2 m tall (perhaps 1.5'). The lower half is mostly yellow leaf, if your bunch was pulled up in a lushly growing spot. Break the stems one by one where the leaf turns green, and spread the top bits on a bit of old bedsheet laid on top of a thick layer of newspapers.
Let dry in a shady airy spot for 7-10 days.
You can't dry chamomile in bundles hanging down; the yellow part of the flowers is the strongest part of chamomile, and the yellow bits fall off as the flowers dry.
You can't dry chamomile in a dehydrator either, as those flowers are small enough to fall through the mesh of the dehydrator trays.
The usual test of dry herb, "stems break, they don't bend", doesn't work with chamomile, as the stems are brittle and break when fresh, too. Wait for the leaf to crumble. When that happens, use scissors and cut your herb into 2-3 cm bits (about 1") and put the lot into tight glass jars, to be kept in a dark cupboard until use.
And remember to label the jar: "Chamomile, July 2005, Helsinki". Not because you would forget that this is chamomile (nothing else looks like dried chamomile), but because you would forget the date and place if you didn't label things.
Your dried chamomile should be green, bright yellow and shiny white, not the greyish yellow mess you get when you buy chamomile in the health food store.
Source: Henriette's Herbal Blog
Adriane's Chamomile Dryer
I have found that the sweater dryer contraption you use to dry your hand washed sweaters makes a great chamomile and herb dryer. Mine is made of a fine mesh and I can stack mine 3 high. It works great for the Chamomile because the mesh is too fine for the flowers to fall through.
Source: Henriette's Herbal Blog
Ode to Chamomile
When it starts to get cold outside, I always begin to drink more tea. I don't normally notice when it starts to happen. A few weeks ago at work, much to my delight, I discovered that we have a selection of herbal teas and one just happens to be a personal favorite blend of Chamomile and Hibiscus with slight hints of peppermint.
When you drink tea, there is a burst of warmth that follows it down. (Granted, the same also happens with tequila...) Even if the herbs did not have a calming effect on a person, this alone would keep it the same. The warmth of the tea curled in your fingers when it is below 20 degrees outside is invaluable... Read on
Source: Moira Blog
I planted lots of chamomile around our vegetable garden this spring, on the assumption that it would make a good companion plant. It does seem to be doing well at attracting bees and other beneficial insects. We think the chamomile is a very pretty addition to the garden.
Harvesting Chamomile Flowers:
The main reason why we planted chamomile is so that we can make our own chamomile tea. I have begun to harvest the flowers and dry them. Harvesting the flowers takes a bit of patience, but it's a beautiful job. The scent of the chamomile is wonderfully calming. I hope that even in the middle of winter we will be able to enjoy cups of tea flavored with these lovely spring flowers.
Source: Farmlet.co.nz - farmlet.co.nz/?p=52
Warfarin And Chamomile Should Not Be Taken Together
A recent case study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal points to the potential dangers of using chamomile products while taking warfarin.
Warfarin, also called Coumadin and Marevan, is an anticoagulant that is often prescribed for people who are at risk of suffering from thrombosis and embolism. Chamomile is thought to be a constituent of coumarin, and coumarin is a precursor to warfarin. So theoretically, chamomile can also act as an anticoagulant of sorts in the body.
When warfarin and chamomile are used at the same time, it's possible that a person may be at risk of experiencing uncontrollable bleeding... Read on
Source: Dr. Ben Kim, Health Warnings
Buy German Chamomile Seeds
The German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) is one of the herbs the world loves best. Chamomile, with its wonderful fragrance, is a nice addition to your flower or herb garden. Herbs are reputed to be excellent companion crops. Old-timers plant chamomile with cucumbers and onions to enhance their growth. Makes a soothing tea. Drought tolerant and suitable for containers.
Plant Type: Annual
When to Sow Outside: Spring, as early as the soil can be worked.
When to Sow Inside: Ten weeks before last frost.
Seed Depth: Press seeds onto surface of the soil
Seed Spacing: 1"
Days to Emerge: 10 to 15
Thinning: When 1/2" tall, thin to 6" apart
Chamomile Tea: New Evidence Supports Health Benefits
For centuries, people who've felt sick or stressed have tried drinking chamomile tea as a medicinal cure-all. Now, researchers in England have found new evidence that the popular herbal tea may actually help relieve a wide range of health ailments, including colds and menstrual cramps. Their study is scheduled to appear in the Jan. 26 issue of the American Chemical Society's Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, one of the Society's peer-reviewed journals. ACS is the world's largest scientific society.
The herbal plant used in this study was German chamomile (Matricaria recutita), whose flowers and leaves are brewed as a fragrant, flavorful tea. The study involved fourteen volunteers (seven women and seven men) who each drank five cups of the herbal tea daily for two consecutive weeks. Daily urine samples were taken and tested throughout the study, both before and after drinking chamomile tea.
To summarize, researchers found that chamomile:
Source: American Chemical Society - http://www.acs.org/
- shows increased antibacterial activity
- boosts the immune system and fight infections associated with colds
- relieves muscle spasms
- helpful in relieving menstrual cramps in women
- acts as a nerve relaxant; chamomile tea acts as a mild sedative
New Favorite Chamomile Tea!
For chamomile tea fans out there, try this 100% Organic Chamomile Tea with Lavender from TraditionalMedicinals.com. It has a dreamy aroma and a pleasant lavender taste, which I wasn't sure I would like. But I had to try it because it was on sale. It is now my favorite nighttime tea!
German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) belongs to the botanical family: Asteraceae or Compositae (daisy). It is known under different names such as: Camomile, Chamomile, Wild Chamomile, Sweet Chamomile, German Chamomile, Hungarian Chamomile, etc.
German chamomile has been highly esteemed for over 3,000 years and has been used for many types of skin conditions and stress-related complaints.
Wild Chamomile is an annual herb. Originally native to Europe, German Chamomile can now be found on almost every continent. It grows on roadsides and in sunny open fields.
Chamomile is easily cultivated from seed or through root division. It prefers full sun and a light well drained soil. Chamomile blooms from May through October. The Chamomile plant has a warm, sweet, herbaceous scent. When placed in the garden among sick-looking plants it's found that chamomile will help them grow.
The parts above ground are gathered as soon as the chamomile flowers bloom, and dried for later use.
23 Ways To Use Chamomile:
- Chamomile is edible. Flowers are used in salads, as cake decoration, or to make tea.
- Chamomile is a medicinal plant (anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, nervine).
- Steam distilled chamomile is anti-allergenic (asthma, hay fever).
- Chamomile flowers are made into salves for use on hemorrhoids and wounds.
- Chamomile flower tea is used as a sedative (insomnia, nervous conditions).
- Chamomile tea is anti-inflammatory (rheumatism, arthritis).
- Chamomile is also antispasmodic (intestinal and menstrual cramps, mild laxative).
- Chamomile tea is used for fever, sore throats, cold and flu conditions, and allergies.
- Chamomile calms teething children and people with nervous conditions.
- Breast feeding mothers impart the calming chamomile influence to their babies.
- Chamomile wash or compress is used for skin inflammations and sunburn.
- Chamomile flowers added to cosmetics acts anti-allergenic. It softens the skin too.
- Chamomile is added to bath water to relax tired, aching muscles and burning feet.
- Dried chamomile gives herb pillows, potpourri and natural moth sachets a distinctive note.
- Dried chamomile flowers are used as insect repellant.
- Chamomile made into liquid plant tonic feeds and protects plants from disease.
- For centuries, mothers have used chamomile to calm crying children, ease earaches, reduce fevers, soothe stomach aches and indigestion, and relieve toothaches and teething pain.
- Chamomile essential oil is used in cooking as a flavoring agent.
- Chamomile essential oil is used in making perfume.
- Chew dried chamomile buds to alleviate the cravings associated with nicotine and alcohol addiction.
- Wet two tea bags and massage for a few moments, to release the oils. Then apply to relieve tired, inflamed eyes.
- Use a moist tea bag to aid skin rashes.
- Rinse your hair with (unsweetened) chamomile tea for a healthy sheen. It brightens blonde shades and is used as natural alternative to dangerous hair colorings.
Therapeutic-Grade Chamomile Oil
Chamomile Oil is steam distilled from the chamomile flowers.
Application: Diffuse, add to food or water as a dietary supplement, or apply topically on location. Among the gentlest oils used in aromatherapy, the chamomile essential oil is suitable for use on children.
Fragrant Influence: Dispels anger, stabilizes emotions, and helps release emotions linked to the past. It may also be used to soothe and clear the mind.
Folklore: It is said that the Egyptians dedicated Chamomile to their sun god and valued it over all other herbs for its healing qualities.
Companion Oils to German Chamomile:
Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) acts calming on tension, is antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antiparasitic, and helps promote skin regeneration.
Diffuse, apply topically on bottom of feet, ankles, wrists or on location. Add to food or water as a dietary supplement. Among the gentlest oils used in aromatherapy, chamomile essential oil is suitable for use on children.
Fragrant Influence: Because it is calming and relaxing, it can combat depression, insomnia, and stress. It minimizes anxiety, irritability, and nervousness. It may also dispel anger, stabilize the emotions, and help to release emotions that are linked to the past.
Companion Oils to Roman Chamomile Oil:
German Chamomile is found in:
Roman Chamomile is found in:
Genesis Hand and Body Lotion
Lemon Sage Clairfying Hair & Scalp Wash
Satin Body Lotion
Wolfberry Eye Cream
Dragon Time Bath Gel
K and B
Tender Tush Ointment
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