Chamomile – it’s not just for tea!
Years ago, when I heard the word “chamomile” I immediately pictured a boring housewife drinking tea out of a boring floral-patterned cup, carrying on about her boring life. I scoffed at the idea that tea could be anything other than a boring drink that did nothing except leave me needing a pallet cleanse – stat. Years later, Chamomile has officially become a staple in our household and gone are the days of the boring, blue floral cups.
I first starting drinking Chamomile tea as a natural way to combat anxiety and poor sleep. Now we have used it successfully to treat conjunctivitis (pink eye), allergies, burns, wounds, insomnia, inflammation, stomach aches and a host of other things. I am not a doctor or a scientist; however, I can read and clearly so can you – so let’s explore exactly what makes Chamomile so lovely and such an effective and healing herb.
Chamomile is of the Asteraceae family – so a word of caution if you are allergic to daisies, sunflowers, asters — use caution when considering Chamomile. The super good stuff contained in Chamomile is bisabolol and apigenin. When purchasing dried Chamomile for tea, oil, astringents, etc – you will likely encounter two kinds: German Chamomile (often called Wild Chamomile) and Roman Chamomile (often called English Chamomile). I personally prefer German Chamomile because I have found it to be more effective for anxiety and more soothing on my digestive system. I also prefer to buy my Chamomile in bulk from organically-grown sources.
I am always looking for natural remedies to combat ailments. Use Chamomile as a tea to soothe anxiety and stress. Make a warm compress for eye irritation. Use it as a salve to combat hemorrhoid pain. Inhale the steam to help a sore throat. The possibilities are endless!
Please consult your provider if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Roman Chamomile has been said to invoke uterine contracts and should be avoided by pregnant or nursing women. Consult your physician before adding this or any herb to your regimen.