Chamomile - A Plant with Miraculous Properties
Chamomile is a “cure-all” herb, especially for babies, and was referenced by the Egyptians and Greeks as a medicinal plant full of miraculous properties.
The word "chamomile" derives from the Greek word “khamaimēlon”, meaning "earth apple, apple on the ground". This plant is one of the most the loved and commonly used herbs among garden herbs.
The common names of chamomile (Matricaria Chamomilla) are Camomile, Chamomilla, Roman Chamomile, German Chamomile, Wild Chamomile, and Scented Mayweed.
Wild chamomile grows in fields, in clay soils, on hillsides, along country paths, and among the rubble, while, the common chamomile can grow in gardens too.
The essential oil of chamomile has a unique feature: it turns blue during distillation and stains all of the distillates.
The substances and effects of chamomile have been significantly investigated at research level, certifying most of its healing properties.
Recently, researchers from Imperial London College isolated substances in the urine of volunteers who drank chamomile tea for two weeks. The research shows that chamomile is useful against colds and muscle spasms that are responsible for cramps and menstrual pain.
Chamomile is usually grown between 0.2-0.5 m tall, has small feathery leaves, and daisy-like, white flowers complete with yellow centers.
The best months to gather chamomile are from May to August. It is best to pick its flowers during the bright noon sun, which is when its medicinal properties are more potent.
Medicinal Use of Chamomile
- Chamomile is a “cure-all”, especially for babies. Its tea is excellent for when babies suffer from cramps, and stomach aches.
- Chamomile helps in cases of diarrhea, stomach troubles, flatulence, eruptions, gastritis, proper bowel movement, and aiding with menstrual disorders.
- It is also helpful in cases of menstrual flow cessation, abdominal disorders, fever, wounds, cradle-cup, insomnia, testicle inflammation, and for toothaches.
- Chamomile has antiseptic, softening, soothing, antispasmodic, and anti-inflammatory properties.
- A chamomile compress is excellent for helping inflamed eyes, moistening itchy skin eruptions, with conjunctivitis, wounds, and as a toothache gargle.
- Chamomile baths are beneficial for the entire nervous system.
- The infusion of chamomile is excellent as a weekly face wash because it improves skin regeneration. The infusion of chamomile can also be used as a hair conditioner and gives a lovely hair shine, especially when used on blond hair.
- Chamomile is used for its beneficial softening and soothing properties to the skin, especially in cleaning, cleansing, and moisturizing.
- Chamomile ointment provides significant benefits for sufferers of hemorrhoids, eczema, and wounds.
- Making steam with chamomile in the water helps in combating colds and maxillary sinusitis. After using the chamomile steam, we have to stay warm.
- The oil of chamomile as a rub can be used for neuralgia, rheumatic pains, limb tiredness, paralyzed limbs, hearing problems, eye pain, urinating difficulties, multiple sclerosis, and bladder disorders.
- In homeopathic medicine, chamomile is used in cases of hypersensitivity of the sensory organs and sensory nerves. As in facial neuralgia, headaches, inflammation in the eyes and ears, toothaches, and severe pain in the region of the digestive organs.
- The pain of baby teething is soothed with chamomile.
Side Effects and Recommendations
Chamomile can cause uterine contractions that may result in possible miscarriage, so it should be avoided by pregnant and nursing mothers.
People who have allergies to the plant ragweed, which belongs to the same plant family, should also avoid it.
Chamomile contains substances called coumarins, which are natural blood thinners, and it should be avoided by those already taking blood thinning drugs.
Large doses of chamomile tea may cause heartburn weight, an increased heart rate, dizziness, headaches, nausea, and constipation.
Preparation Methods of Chamomile
Infusion: Use one teaspoon Chamomile for a cup of tea.
Compress: Pour boiling water into a cup with 10 g. (one tablespoon) chamomile, make a compress with the mixture and apply it to the ailing skin area.
Full Bath: Use 200 g. Chamomile flowers, stems and leaves for a full bath.
Facial & Hair Wash: Use 50 g (one handful) chamomile flowers to use it as a facial or hair wash.
Oil: Place chamomile flowers loosely in a bottle up to its neck and follow all the procedure to make chamomile oil.
Ointment: Use two handfuls (100 g) chamomile flowers, the stems, and leaves with 250 g. animal fat or nature bees’ wax to make the ointment.
Inhalation: Pour 1 liter boiling water in a saucepan with one tablespoon chamomile. Put a towel over your head and inhale the steam using deep breaths.
Chamomile Pillow: Fill a linen pillow with slightly dried chamomile flowers, and then follow the instructions to make the pillow. It can be used for one year.
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Homemade Recipes with Chamomile
- Make a chamomile compress for puffy and tired eyes: boil chamomile and place the liquid into ice packs. Use the ice cubes over the eyes, and all the swelling will soon dissipate.
- Have you noticed redness on your skin? Boil chamomile, and then place the mixture in lukewarm temperature on cotton pieces to make a compress. Put it on your skin and allow it to sit for 20 minutes, several times a day.
Chamomile is a plant that contains dozens of beneficial plant nutrients that favor us in various areas of health, but also metals.
Surveys of chamomile benefits and its effects on health have shown that it can benefit us in different ways, which we mentioned above.
The healing and antiseptic properties of chamomile have been known since antiquity, and Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, considered it as the most miraculous herb for many cases.
Although widely used, research scientists are still discovering new information on active substances and properties that chamomile contains, to help prepare various pharmaceutical preparations and cosmetic use.
According to an old story, cut a flower of chamomile and put something in your mind. Measure its petals, and if the petals are an even number, your wish will be granted. If the petals are an odd number, you will not have the desired success.
I wish for you to be always healthy.