is a member of the daisy family. Roman chamomile is a low European perennial
found in dry fields and cultivated gardens. The solitary flowerhead
rises 8 to 12 inches from the ground and has a prominent yellow disk
with silver-white rays. Flowers from June to July. The German variety
is a Southern European annual that grows wild along roadsides and fields
though may also be found cultivated in gardens. The downy, hollowed,
furrowed stems may rise up to a height of 16 inches with flowerheads
like those of the Roman chamomile.
is a popular tea and is one of the few herbs the are safe for children.
It is most known as a calming, soothing drink that is good for settling
the stomach or for relaxing to help one sleep. Therefore it is beneficial
for nerves or digestion and is good even as a regular drink for people
who are stressed or who have a nervous disposition. In medical terms,
it is anodyne, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, and anti-allergic.
Chamomile tea is also good for flatulence, colic, dyspepsia, fever or
restlessness in children, nausea and vomiting. It is also a good wash
for sores and open wounds or sunburn. The flowers may also be used in
an oil infusion for swellings, callouses, and painful joints. It is
also good for bladder irritations because it reduces inflammations and
helps fight E.coli in the bladder.
plant is a member of the daisy family, it is wise to avoid it if one
is allergic to any member of the daisy family such as ragweed. If unsure,
consult your doctor or allergist.
it is not yet an established fact, it would also be wise to avoid if
pregnant since this may be a uterine stimulant.
Use one 1/2 to one teaspoon in a cup of very hot water. Let this infusion
sit for 5-10 mins. Add 1 teaspoon of honey or sugar if preferred. May
be used 2-7 oz. per day
Make an oil infusion by soaking the dried flowerheads in vegetable oil
for at least 2 weeks. Shake at least once daily and strain. Strength
depends on preference. 2 tsp may be used per 1 oz. oil.
additive: (German) Mix about 16 tablespoonfuls with one quart water
and add to bath. (Roman) Use 50 g (3 tbsp) for each 2.5 gallons of water.
Dosage: Usual oral dosage is 10 to 15 g per day.
Sweet, apple-like, herbaceous
uses: Relaxes and balances both mind and body. Promotes digestion,
relieves gas and nausea, encourages menstruation, soothes nervous tension,
promotes sleep. It eases the emotional ups and downs of PMS and hyperactivity
in children. In massage oils, it also helps control the pain of bruises,
stiff joints, headaches, sore muscles, menstrual and digestive system
cramping, as well as the pain and swelling of sprains and some allergic
Roman chamomile oil is a pale yellow essential oil. Distilled German
chamomile oil is a deep blue-green that contains chamazulene that is
a potent anti-inflammatory.
Properties (from Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs)
Folk Names: Camomyle, Ground Apple, Manzanilla, Whig Plant
Money, Sleep, Love, Purification
Uses: Chamomile is used to attract money, and a handwash of the
infusion is sometimes used by gamblers to ensure winnings. It is used
in sleep and meditation incenses, and the infusion is also used in the
bath to attract love. It is also a purificatory and protective herb.
When sprinkled around the property, it removes curses and spells cast
Recipes: (coming eventually)
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