Healthful Uses For Chamomile
Chamomile - The Two Types
There are two types of Chamomile, German Chamomile(Matricaria chamomilla or recutita) and Roman Chamomile(Anthemis nobilis or Chamaemulum nobile). German Chamomile is a low fragrant annual herb growing to 16 inches in height. German Chamomile has leaves that are pale green and sharply incised. Roman Chamomile is a hairy spreading type perennial growing to a foot in height and has a strong fragrance.Chamomile is from Europe and the Mediterranean as well as USA Canada and Argentina.
Chamomile oil made from German chamomile is a rich dark blue to green colour and is thicker in consistency than the Roman variety which can vary in colour form clear to very pale blue. Both varieties of chamomile contain the anti inflammatory azulene, however the German variety contains more of this. Azulene is helpful for inflammation and allergic conditions.
The healing properties of chamomile have been valued for over 4000 years. In ancient Egyptian times chamomile was considered sacred. The word chamomile comes from the Greek word khamaimelon, which means earth apple, as the Roman variety smells of over ripe apples.
Both varieties of Chamomile Oil are useful for inflammation, headaches, rheumatism, anxiety, tension and for their calming effects.
Roman Chamomile oil can be used to treat sprains, aches and pains, toothache, period pain, neuralgia and allergies. It is helpful for insomnia, nausea and vomiting, as well as weepiness, fatigue, stress, fear and depression. This variety is often used for skin care particularly on sensitive skin.
German Chamomile oil is often used for calming inflammation of the bronchial tract, for nervous stomach conditions and for skin conditions such as acne, boils, rashes and eczema
Uses For Chamomile
To treat headaches be they migraine or ordinary headaches, chamomile can help. French herbalist, Maurice Messegue treated a man who suffered dreadful migraines with an intensive regime of chamomile for 14 days curing him.
Recipe for Chamomile Tea
Steep two tablespoons of fresh or dried flowers in one pint of boiling water for 40 minutes. Strain and sweeten with honey or maple syrup and drink one to two cups at a time. This tea can also be used to calm hyperactive children.
A Chamomile tea can also be made to use as a face wash and a hair conditioner. Rinsing blonde hair with this conditioner lightens the hair and also helps make hair shinier. Used as a face wash a number of times per week will give the skin a healthy soft glow.
Bring 1 pint of water to the boil and remove from heat. Add two teaspoons of dried flowers. Cover and steep for 45 minutes. Strain and use while warm.
Bring 1 to 2 pints of water to the boil. Add 2 heaped teaspoons of dried or fresh flowers and then remove from heat. Let sit for 20 minutes before use.
Make a massage oil to use on stiff limbs and back ache by filling a small bottle loosely with fresh chamomile flowers. Fill the bottle with olive oil covering the flowers. Put lid on bottle and keep in the sun for two weeks. Store in the refrigerator after the two weeks and use when needed by warming a little of the oil first, then massaging into affected area.
For tired or hay fever affected eyes soak two chamomile tea bags in some ice water and then apply to eye lids. This remedy can be very effective. Drinking 3 to 4 cups of chamomile tea per day in the allergy season is very beneficial for hay fever sufferers as well as inhaling steam coming from a bowl of the tea with a towel over your head to keep the steam in. This can be done for 10 to 15 minutes.
Apparently chamomile can regenerate liver or produce new liver tissue. Drinking 3 to 4 cups of the tea per day is recommended.
Chamomile tea is renown for its calming effects and is often used to help induce sleep. Sometimes adding the essential oil to bath water will soothe a nervous or fretful child to sleep
It is said that growing chamomile near a sickly plant will help revive the ailing plant.
Try putting a combination of chamomile flowers and hop flowers in a gauze bag and placing under your pillow. The sedative effects of these flowers will ensure a better nights sleep.
Earache - Mix together 5 ml olive oil, 1 drop of Roman chamomile essential oil and 1 drop pure tea tree essential oil in an eggcup or other small vessel. Mix well with the end of a teaspoon and heat by standing the eggcup in a small amount of hot water. dip a cotton wool ball in the oil, squeeze out excess and place in affected ear. Repeat twice a day.