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The Alternative Healing Aspects of Flowers - Chamomile

Updated on February 13, 2014
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Chamomile Usage in Alternative Healing Practices

Chamomile flowers have a long history in the health and wellness arena of herbal related alternative healing methodologies. Chamomile flowers supply tranquility, peace, calmness and a soothing sedation when used in holistic healing applications, and is useful in colon cleansing.

Although initially used for its healing properties by the peoples of Egypt, Greece and Rome, Chamomile has recently become a renowned staple within the United States of America, not only for usage within alternative healing methodologies; but also as a main ingredient within herbal tea blends, cosmetics and other aesthetic products. Henceforth, betwixt 750,000 and a whopping one million pounds of the flowering plant is imported into the United States from around the globe each and every year with about 90 percent of the imported product going into various herbal tea blends.

The name of this sweet smelling and very useful flower, 'Chamomile,' finds its origins within the Greek language, stemming from 'chamos' meaning ground and 'melos' meaning apple in the language of Greece. These words are descriptive of both the plants' nature of spreading itself across the land as it grows, as well as its very special fragrance equivalent to the sweetest of apples.

Beyond Greece, Chamomile is also known around the world by the variable names of Matricaria recutita, Hungarian chamomile, wild chamomile, Camomilla, Camomille Allemande, Chamomilla, Chamomilla recutita, Echle Kamille, Feldkamille, Fleur de Camomile, Kamillen, Kleine Kamille, Manzanilla, Matricaire, Matricaria recutita, Matricariae Flos, True Chamomile and Pin Heads.

Chamomile Flowers

These are chamomile flowers as packaged and sold by El Chilar, Corp. Photo by Windy Grace Mason A.K.A. VAMPGYRL420.
These are chamomile flowers as packaged and sold by El Chilar, Corp. Photo by Windy Grace Mason A.K.A. VAMPGYRL420. | Source

In order to make the optimal healing cup of chamomile tea, complimented with the best overall flavor, it is highly suggestible that the tea is brewed within a covered pot. The tea, as well as the flower's fragrance, is much like the sweetest of apples. You may wish to add some sugar and cream to this particular healing tea. However, of all the healing teas that I have tried personally, chamomile tea has the most appealing flavor on its on. Additional ingredients are not necessary.

You may choose to either brew your own chamomile tea from the dried flowers themselves or you may buy the tea bags. There are innumerable companies who supply these wonderful teas. However, I tend to like this one when I don't have the dried flowers.
You may choose to either brew your own chamomile tea from the dried flowers themselves or you may buy the tea bags. There are innumerable companies who supply these wonderful teas. However, I tend to like this one when I don't have the dried flowers. | Source

The "Plant's Physician"

Not only is this lovely flowering plant healing to humans, but also to other plants. In previous times, chamomile was also renowned as the "Plant's Physician." Upon researching this idea, it is found that nothing else makes such a healthy contribution to any garden than several chamomile plants situated throughout its boundaries. As well, chamomile plants may be located directly beside a particularly sickly plant in order to heal the ailing plant. It is said repeatedly, all around the global community, that this particular method works nine out of ten times.

Chamomile as a Pain Reliever

According to Nicholas Culpepper, at once the most famous and infamous of all English herbalists, chamomile is very beneficial in the healing of everything from "sprains to jaundice and dropsy." Culpepper further states that "the flowers boiled in lye are good to wash the head" and that bathing oneself in its essence rids a person of any battered and/or beaten down symptoms and is considered an effective pain reliever to any part of the body that it may be applied upon.

Chamomile in Aromatherapy

To remove stress and enable restful sleep to come, chamomile may also be used as aromatherapy by burning the dried flower head as an incense. Used in this way, chamomile may also relieve headaches and body tension. Chamomile is highly effective as a naturally sedating sleep treatment, most especially for those experiencing severe episodes of insomnia or restlessness. In fact, the process of an investigation involving medical patients bearing the burden of cardiac catheterization, it was founded that the flower, made into a strong tea, produces a very deep, restful sleep.

Further Healing in Relationship to the Usage of Chamomile

This universally effective healing flower is also effective in any health problems relating to the digestive system. Chamomile is highly favored as a restorative drink for the gastro-intestinal passage and is of great use in the events of earaches, neuralgic discomfort, stomach ailments and convulsions in juveniles. The plant is also highly regarded as a poultice for sores and ailments in relationship to the external body.

Chamomile has been proven effective in speeding the healing processes within mild injuries such as cuts, scrapes and abrasions. The flowering plant supplies healing agents which are anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral and anti-parasitic.

Chamomile, taken in tea, pill or capsule form, is a wonderful reliever of nervous problems.

WARNING:

If you have allergies, especially those associated with Ragweed, you could have a reaction when using Chamomile. Chamomile is a member of the Ragweed family, as well as the Sunflower. Please use discretion if you are sensitive to these plants.

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      Windy Grace Mason 

      4 years ago from Belle Haven, VA

      Thank you for reading and commenting, Nadine May. Chamomile is a wonderful plant and brings with it a beautiful fragrance as well.

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      Nadine May 

      4 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you for that extended information on the Chamomile plant. Great tips.

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      Windy Grace Mason 

      5 years ago from Belle Haven, VA

      Thank you so very much for reading and commenting, christoperanton. It is always a great pleasure when I have provided some type of help with my written work. Chamomile is an amazing plant altogether, and the most important ingredient in my favorite tea! Blessings to you and, again, many thanks.

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      Christopher Antony Meade 

      5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      Beautiful flower, delicious and soothing tea+ a very well written hub. The idea of using Chamomile as a plant medicine attracts me. I have some rather sickly roses. I may look for some of that miracle-working flower.

      Thanks for the tip.

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      Windy Grace Mason 

      5 years ago from Belle Haven, VA

      Thank you, WiccanSage! Many Blessings!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      5 years ago

      I have developed ragweed allergies myself so am unable to take it anymore, but I grow it still and I've found it's very beneficial with colic in babies. Good article.

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