Introducing dry Chamomile Flowers, one of the most popular and beloved herbs in the world. Chamomile is known for its calming and soothing properties, and has been used for centuries in traditional medicine and aromatherapy.
Chamomile is a flowering plant that is native to Europe, North Africa, and some parts of Asia. The plant's flowers have a sweet, apple-like aroma and a mild, slightly bitter taste. The flowers are typically dried and brewed into a tea, but can also be used in a variety of other forms, such as in essential oils or as a topical ointment.
Chamomile flowers are believed to have a variety of health benefits. They are often used to promote relaxation, reduce stress and anxiety, and aid in sleep. Chamomile is also known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, making it a popular choice for soothing skin irritations and promoting overall skin health.
In addition to its health benefits, Chamomile flowers are also a great source of nutrients. They contain vitamins A, C, and E, as well as minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
To make Chamomile tea, simply steep 1-2 teaspoons of the dried flowers in hot water for 5-10 minutes. Strain and enjoy! Chamomile tea can be enjoyed any time of day, either on its own or as a part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.
In addition to brewing into tea, Chamomile flowers can be used in a variety of other ways to harness its therapeutic properties.
One way to use Chamomile flowers is to add them to a warm bath. This can help to soothe the skin and promote relaxation. Simply add a handful of Chamomile flowers to a warm bath and soak for 20-30 minutes.
Chamomile flowers can also be used topically as a compress or poultice. To create a compress, steep 1-2 teaspoons of Chamomile flowers in hot water for 5-10 minutes, then strain and cool the tea. Soak a cloth in the tea and apply to the affected area. This can help to reduce inflammation and soothe skin irritations such as rashes, insect bites, or sunburn.
Chamomile flowers can also be used in aromatherapy. Add a few drops of Chamomile essential oil to a diffuser or inhaler to help promote relaxation, reduce stress, and improve sleep quality.
For those who prefer not to consume Chamomile, it can also be used in skin care products. Chamomile flowers contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can help to soothe and protect the skin. Look for products that contain Chamomile extract or oil, or create your own skin care products using Chamomile-infused oils or extracts.
Overall, Chamomile flowers offer a versatile and effective way to support overall health and well-being. Try incorporating Chamomile into your daily routine and experience the many benefits it has to offer.
COMMON NAME Standardized: chamomile Other: chamomile, Hungarian chamomile, mayweed, sweet false chamomile, true chamomile
BOTANICAL NAME Matricaria chamomilla Plant Family: Asteraceae
PARTS USED Dried Flowers
USES AND PREPARATIONS Chamomile tea, tincture, or powdered and encapsulated. Has multiple uses
FLAVOR NOTES AND ENERGETICS Flavor: Slightly bitter, sweet, aromatic.
HERBAL ACTIONS Tonic, anodyne, carminative, sedative, stomachic, laxative, diaphoretic, sedative, emmenagogic, anxiolytic
According to German Commission E: antiphlogistic, musculotropic, promotes wound healing, deodorant, stimulates skin metabolism.
According to herbalist, Paul Bergner, chamomile is rare in its qualities of being both a bitter digestive tonic and a relaxant/sedative, meaning that it has both the ability to tone the digestive organs and at the same time relax the nervous system.
Fresh and dried plant tincture, Essential oil
SYNONYMS Chamomilla recutita , Matricaria recutita , Matricaria suaveolens Note: Chamaemelum nobile or Anthemis nobilis is also commonly known as chamomile, however it is a different plant than Matricaria chamomilla
OVERVIEW Chamomile is a gentle herb known throughout most of the world which has been used continually for many centuries. It is often ingested as a tea to calm the nervous system and the digestive tract, and is mild enough to be administered to babies with colic. Chamomile is soothing to irritated skin and membranes, and is often found in lotions and hair products. Other studies illuminate this plant's potential to assist in healing wounds and soothing gastrointestinal conditions.
BOTANY Members of the Asteraceae family, these aromatic herbaceous plants have white daisy like flowers and scent reminiscent of apples or pineapple. In fact, the common name "chamomile" is derived from the Greek word kamaiwhich translates to "on the ground" and melon which means apple. Accordingly, the Spanish name Manzanilla, means "little apple." M. chamomilla is an annual that can grow up to 24 inches whereas the similar C. nobile is a perennial low growing groundcover growing no more than 10 inches high. M. chamomilla is native to Europe and western Asia.
CULTIVATION AND HARVESTING This herb prefers full sun, and light, sandy, and moist soil. It is often found along roadsides and can become rather weedy. M. chamomilla needs a fair amount of water and a brief cool season and thus doesn't grow well in tropical or arid environments. Thus, most chamomile is currently cultivated in areas which provide these conditions such as Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria, Egypt, Germany, Hungary, Poland, and Russia.
Harvest when the flowers are in bloom. Flowers may be picked by hand or with a "chamomile rake" which is a tool developed for this type of harvesting.7 The whole plant may be used, yet the flowers are the most potent.
HISTORY AND FOLKLORE Chamomile was used in ancient Egypt and was given as an offering to their gods. Chamomile has been utilized extensively in Europe as somewhat of a panacea which supported digestive health. Common preparations were teas, baths and sitzbaths, gargles, inhalations, and compresses. Germans refer to this herb as alles zutraut meaning 'capable of anything.' Matricaria chamomilla and Chamaemelum nobile are similar and have been traditionally used interchangeably to some degree, although differences in taste and action have been noted. Additionally, other species such as pineapple weed or M. matricaroides, (referred to as manzanilla in Spanish, however this name may refer to anyone of 'the chamomiles'), which grow in the desert southwest of the U.S. and in Mexico, have similar uses. In the Mexican folkloric tradition, manzanilla was used to support healthy respiratory function and for soothing the stomach and easing digestion.9 In the highlands of southern Mexico, the Tzeltal Maya make a chamomile tea containing an orange and a lime leaf to lift the mood.
Native Americans have used this and related species since their introduction to the Americas, often utilizing the entire plant. The Aleut drank teas to alleviate gas, and also considered the plant a cure-all. Drinking the tea was a Cherokee trick for "regularity." The Kutenai and Cheyenne got creative, the former making jewelry and the later, perfume, out of the pulverized dry flowers.
Chamomile has magical implications for attracting money and, accordingly, as a hand rinse for gamblers needing good luck. Cosmetically, chamomile has also been used as a rinse for accentuating highlights and lightening blonde hair. Topically, this herb has an emollient and sedative effect and is softening and soothing irritated skin. It has also been used as a perfume and flavoring agent for liqueurs such as Benedictine and vermouth.
According to an herbalist Matthew Becker, the type of person who responds best to chamomile is one "who complains often…for fretful children…and for adults who act like children." Chamomile soothes the liver and is a gentle yet effective sedative. The genus name Matricaria stems from the Latin word matrix meaning 'womb' hinting at its therapeutic effects in women. Chamomile is indeed a superior medicinal for women having what Rosemary Gladstar describes as "soft power" to assuage stress and tension. She suggests not only sipping chamomile tea while bathing in it, but also tucking a chamomile sachet under the pillow at night to insure a restful sleep.
SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH Approved by the German Commission E to soothe skin and mucous membranes and supporting gastrointestinal health. One study showed that the flavonoids are absorbed deep into the skin layers thus pointing to the effectiveness of topical application. Another controlled, bilateral, comparative study of 161 patients revealed the efficacy of a chamomile ointment as a soothing agent for skin.
PRECAUTIONS Specific: Persons with allergies to other members of the Asteraceae family should exercise caution with chamomile. The infusion should not be used near the eyes.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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