Chamomile is the Mary Poppins of herbs, singing kids (and adults) off to sleep, easing common colds, and generally restoring balance. But unlike nanny’s who fly with umbrellas and walk on chimney smoke, Chamomile is quite common.
Chamomile is an exceptionally versatile plant. It works wonders for digestive issues and helps with relaxation and sleep, soothing your children if they’re a bit too wired.
Because of its mild warming capacity, Chamomile is great for colds and flus. It can help break a fever or settle the stomach, plus it’s gentle enough for children of all ages, as well as elders who may be more sensitive.
Chamomile tea washes and chamomile essential oil are also great for skin inflammation issues; rashes, poison oak/ivy, eczema, acne, psoriasis, and others can all benefit from topical applications of chamomile.
One of the amazing things about it is how effective it is, given its simplicity. It’s one of those herbs that is good for so many different situations, it’s excellent to have on hand. It also tastes great all by itself, so having a cup of simply chamomile tea isn’t going to make your children say “gross.”
If you’re in a situation at home, and you can’t think of anything else to use, try chamomile. At the very least, it will help you relax and feel more under control.
Never underestimate the power of thinking clearly, Mary Poppins wouldn’t.
Common Names: German Chamomile, Roman Chamomile
Latin Name(s): Matricaria recutita, Anthemis nobilis
Plant Family: Asteraceae
Parts Used: Flowers picked when blooming in summer
Botanical Description: Annual with delicate, feathery leaves growing from a smooth stem. Chamomile can grow anywhere between 6-24 inches in height. Flowers are white with a puffy yellow disk in the center.
Preparation & Dosing:
Energetics: neutral to cool, very slightly dry, can be bitter if steeped too long
Parts Affected: GI tract, nervous system
Biochemical Constituents: volatile oils, flavonoids, glycosides, tannins, alkaloids, polysaccharides, coumarins
Is part of the Asteraceae family, which is related to ragweed, so some individuals may be allergic to it.