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Mrs. Rabbit Knew Her Herbs (an ode to Chamomile)

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I’m sure you’ve heard of Chamomile! Peter Rabbit’s mom gave it to him after he got into Mr. McGregor’s garden, ate too much, and came home with a tummy ache!

Chamomile is one of the better known herbs for easing stomach aches and calming irritable people but there are many other reasons to use this delicious herb!

All About Chamomile

Chamomile is high in magnesium, niacin (B3), phosphorus, riboflavin (B2) and also contains average amounts of calcium, cobalt, iron, manganese, potassium, protein, silicon, tin and vitamin C.

A strong infusion of chamomile has the power to break down gallstones, making them easier to pass. She can do the same for kidney stones. The antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory effects of Chamomile help soothe the bladder when it is inflamed or infected and helps relax the bladder. As an antibacterial, Chamomile helps to remove bacterial infections in the bladder and kidneys.

Chamomile’s analgesic, antispasmodic, nervine and stimulant properties work with the nervous system to calm and sedate it and eases sciatica, neuralgia,  and other nervous related pains. She works on peripheral nerves and muscles, causing the whole body indirectly to relax. Those who suffer from mild anxiety may enjoy a cup of Chamomile tea and find themselves feeling less anxious after drinking it.

Chamomile can help with vertigo, especially with the nausea that can occur from it.

Let’s talk about the digestive system. As a stomachic and carminative, Chamomile is all about helping the digestive system, including lack of appetite, diarrhea, indigestion, stomachaches, migraines and nausea.

We can utilize Chamomile’s antimicrobial properties, as well as her analgesic and febrifuge actions to help with the aches and pains of flu.

Chamomile is gentle and great for kids!

Infants find relief from teething and colic when Chamomile is introduced to them. Breastfeeding mothers can drink Chamomile tea or rub Chamomile glycerite directly on their gums for teething issues. For Colic, Chamomile tea, either through the breastmilk or spoon fed is helpful.

Children who suffer from night terrors and nightmares may find Chamomile helpful by drinking a tea of Chamomile before bedtime as Chamomile can help to sooth the mind and nerves, promoting more relaxed and deep sleep. Children and adults suffering from insomnia may also find Chamomile to help promote sleep.

Chamomile is very soothing to the eyes. Soaking tea bags in hot water then letting the tea bags cool until comfortable to touch, makes a quick and easy compress to apply to the eyes. Squeezing a bit of the tea into the eyes will help soothe and heal conjunctivitis and other eye problems.

Chamomile is suitable for skin problems as well. Inflammation, fungi, psoriasis, eczema, burning, blisters, radiation burns, acne, impetigo, and light skinned people with excessive sensitivity can all find relief with Chamomile.

Chamomile essential oil is great for easing chicken pox. Dabbing a drop or two on the poxes eases itching and irritation and is calming and soothing. The essential oil is blue (when freshly distilled) because it contains azulene. The oil is anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and anti-microbial as well as anti-anaphylactic. Adding this oil to a massage oil works well for soothing muscle spasms. Azulene, is effective against Staphylococcus and Streptococcus infections.

Chamomile Dreamtime Pillow

This pillow is soothing and calming and helps children of all ages fall into a gentle slumber. Tuck under the mattress sheet for babies or in the pillow case of children or adults.

1/2 cup dried Chamomile
1/4 cup dried Rose Petals
2 tablespoons dried Lavender Blossoms
1 tablespoon dried Hops
2 – 8” x 8” pieces of matching or coordinating fabric
Thread and needle or sewing machine

Mix the dried herbs together and set aside.

Place fabric right sides together and sew 3 sides together, leaving the fourth open. (Optional, for a moon shaped pillow, find a 8” diameter plate, trace around it on the fabric and cut out. Place right sides together and sew around the circle leaving 3” open).

Turn right side out and fill with herbs. Tuck edges of fabric in to form seam and sew shut.

Fun Related Chamomile Videos and Resources

Want to learn to make a Chamomile Glycerite with your kids? Check out my new Monday Making series. This week’s episode is on making Chamomile Glycerite!

https://youtu.be/vKs54JKuM4w

Want to listen to “Chamomile Toughens Up”? This story is from the Chamomile issue of Herbal Roots zine and it can be found on YouTube here:

https://youtu.be/Ch6wtnCmvLI

Want to learn more about Chamomile? You can find the Chamomile eBook in my shop:

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