Notes from a Wise Woman

About (German) Chamomile

Updated: Nov 10, 2020

Chamomile is a delightful flower to grow and work with.

Matricaria recutita

Family: Asteraceae Kingdom: Plantae

Order: Asterales

A purification herb, thought to bring luck and love, chamomile was often used to break curses and protect newborn children. Widely used to calm the nerves, it is a cheerful flower with so many benefits and uses. In fact the list of all the ways one can apply chamomile is too many to name. Most commonly, the flower heads are dried and brewed into teas. it is the most widely used nervine herb in the Western world. A relaxant and antispasmodic, chamomile tones the nervous system.

High in essential oils, it also aids in digestive health soothing the walls of the intestines, easing gripe, and indigestion. It calms all manner of inflammation from our guts to our sinuses, depending on preparation and application.

Chamomile can cause allergic reaction in those sensitive to flowers in the Asteraceae family, although reactions are rare.

Daily consumption is highly recommended, because of it's calming effects chamomile makes a perfect addition to your bedtime routine. Use in tea to drink or for your next bath. Chamomile essential oil can also be used in steam baths or diffusers for aromatherapy, to ease head and sinus aches.

A folk remedy for nightmares:
Bathe the child in a tea made from chamomile flowers and give then chamomile tea to drink to prevent bad dreams.

Try adding this delightful flower into your rituals of self care!

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