Chamomile was Mother Rabbit’s remedy for poor Peter Rabbit when he got in Farmer McGregor’s garden. She used it to soothe Peter’s stomach and shattered nerves. Chamomile's reference of use doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of this mild, and famous herbs use throughout history.
The word 'Chamomile' as we know it now in English comes from the Greek Chamomaela or 'Ground Apple'. Pliny describes the plant as having the aroma of ' apples or quinces'. In Spain it has been known for centuries as Mantazilla or 'Little Apple' and is used for flavoring the light sherry which bears its name.
Chamomile is also used to add a golden tint to hair and scent chamomile shampoo formulas. The Arabians used it in massage oils. Chamomile is one of the best herbal sources of niacin, magnesium, and essential fatty acids.
Chamomile is second only to black tea as the best selling tea in the world. Its great flavor, aroma, and soothing effects and distinctly gentle properties have all combined to achieve it's popularity. We use it often in tea and tincture combinations pertaining to any digestive, nervous or sleeping issues. Of course, it can be used in many other types of remedies. Adding a few handfuls to a nice warm bath is pure enjoyment as well as being an incredibly soothing and healing benefit to irritated skin. Historically, mama's used to make warm bath's with German Chamomile flowers infused in the warm water to sooth and calm their children during Chicken Pox.
Our Beeyoutiful Families have used a chamomile infusion with lavender for pink eye soothing when other natural remedies such as breastmilk haven't been an option.
Eye Bright Rinse
1/4 cup German Chamomile flowers
2 tablespoons lavender
1 cup of boiling water
Combine boiling water and herbs together and steep for 15 minutes. Strain through multiple layers of cheese cloth or a coffee filter into a small jar. Allow to cool to skin temperature and drop as often as needed into eyes. Can store for up to 4 weeks in the refrigerator. After drawing the cold infusion from the refrigerator into a dropper, run it under warm tap water until it's warmed to skin temperature before dropping into the eye. Have individual with affected eyes lay on their back with head resting on a towel. Gently drip infusion into the corners of their eyes while their eyes are closed. When they open their eyes the warm liquid will flow in, calming and soothing as it does. Can be repeated as often as needed.
Note: Chamomile has a cumulative, unlike most herbs. It may takes several weeks to notice any results. Check with a doctor prior to using if on any medications as Chamomile does have some known interactions.
Pregnancy/Nursing: While Chamomile may be generally considered appropriate for use while pregnant and nursing, we do not advise using it unless you first check with your healthcare practitioner and Herbalist to insure it is appropriate for your specific situation.
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