There are many varieties of the Chamomile species, however, only two have been used for their medicinal and health benefits. These would be the German and Roman Chamomile varieties and we get to them shortly. The Dyer’s Chamomile species can be used to make a variety of clothing dyes ranging from bright yellow to khaki and even olive colors. The seed oil of this particular species was used for earaches and deafness for a while, but not any longer.
Hippocrates is noted as one of the first physicians to study and comprehend the medicinal properties of chamomile, and the going further back with the Egyptians used chamomile for fevers and can still be used today for fevers. Many people around the world recognize chamomile by it tiny Daisy like flowers, it is in the daisy family after all, and its ability to help with sleeping, but chamomile does so much more for our bodies.
Chamomile has a calming and soothing effect, but also has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, helps aid pain relief, helps relieve headaches, cramps, toothaches, arthritis, menstrual cramps, spasms, and works as a liver tonic. It also aids in digestion by helping indigestion, nausea and gas, then chamomile helps our skin with rashes, inflammation, cuts, insect bites and allergies. Chamomile works as a gentle antidepressant, reduces fluid retention, and stress reliever. It seems like I could go on and on about the virtues and benefits of chamomile, but the list just keeps growing larger every year.
Why would anyone want to use a cream made of nasty chemicals to get rid of swelling and blackness under the eyes when you can make a compress with chamomile, then place the compress on your eyes to help reduce the dark circles we all get from time to time. Chamomile combines with just about any other herb or tea to create some wonderful and relaxing beverages. I personally use chamomile with other herbs in a sleep tea that will give your body a much needed rest for around 8 hours or more. Add chamomile to all of your blends for colds and flus to help your body aches and get that much needed rest to help your body recover faster.
You can even make a single serving, eight ounces of water and one teaspoon of chamomile, and add two to three teaspoons of the tea to an infant’s juice or milk to help your baby sleep better naturally. Chamomile is such a wonderful plant it is called a “physicians plant” because when planted near or around ailing plants, chamomile has a reviving effect on the ailing plants giving them new life. If it does that for plants, imagine what it can do for all of us.
During the American Revolution chamomile was nicknamed the Whig plant because it stays upright when stepped on and also grew better afterward. Also, when walked on it releases the apple like aroma in the air. Chamomile was one of the sacred herbs, nine of them all together, used by the Saxons. They called it “maythen”, but others call it the “sacred apple of the ground” because it grows on the ground and smells wonderfully like apples.