Day 8 Herb of the Day Chamomile!
Magic and Medicinals. What our ancestors knew by The Magic Apothecary, Mary Elizabeth Micari
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German chamomile (Matricaria retutica) and Roman (or English) chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile).
Most of the people for centuries have benefited greatly from chamomile tea!
I have grown this wonderful little herb and fallen in love withe the sweet flowers and apple like scent. Its a hardy herb and comes back to fight again and again!
Did you know you could use this lovely flor for Skin Care?
Chamomile is anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich and is not only used as a nice warm tea before bed or for babies with cholic. You can apply warm or cold chamomile tea to the site of an irritation or a condition such as eczema! Modern research shows that this sort of direct application can improve healing significantly! It can lessen the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles as well because it eliminates oxidative stress and boost the immune response in your skin.
It can add a boost to your Immune System
By using Chamomile tea, you can strengthen your immune system and stop infections before they start. There are compounds in chamomile that are called phenolic and are linked to fighting bacterial infections in the body. There have been studies showing that 5-6 glasses of this tea over a two or more-week course can help the body improve its ability to fight infections.
Chamomile also relives Menstrual Discomfort because of its anti-inflammatory nature. Women use it often for bloating, cramping, anxiety, sweating, inability to sleep, and mood swings. Chamomile tea can directly affect many of these symptoms by soothing the mind and body and reducing inflammation that may be causing discomforts.
Chamomile Relieves Stress!
One of the most popular uses for chamomile tea is in the treatment of stress and anxiety. This tea has been shown to increase levels of serotonin and melatonin in the body. These hormones can eliminate stress and relieve anxiety. For chronic stress try 1-2 cups a day.
DO NOT USE DURING PREGNANCY. It has been shown to cause miscarriage!
A great way to start your sleep each night is with a cup of this tea. In a similar way that chamomile tea can ease stress and worry, it can also be an overall sleep aid for those that have restless sleep and even those struggling with sleep apnea.
Some research has shown that chamomile tea can be useful for people suffering from diabetes. Chamomile can lower blood sugar levels and helps in regulating the insulin in the blood, the powerful chemicals in it help to eliminate massive drops and spikes in blood sugar.
Treats Stomach Disorders as well!
If you are suffering from stomach irritation, ranging anywhere from mild bloating to IBS symptoms, chamomile tea can be a major help. It has anti-inflammatory properties that help ease the twisting nature of your gut and allow for the passage of gas and smoother bowel movements. A single cup of chamomile tea can make you feel better, and its continued use can help prevent serious conditions from developing.
Hair Care too? Wow.
Aside from all the other attributes of chamomile tea many people say it improves the appearance and strength of hair. It can also help with scalp irritation and eliminate dandruff. It will give the hair a silky look.
Some people are allergic to chamomile. Especially when applied topically. Please see your doctor regarding Chamomile and if you have Rag Weed allergies you might want to test a skin patch before using or ingesting. However, many find that using Chamomile helps them modulate the immune response to the allergens they encounter! It works as a natural anti-histamine as well.
I know my Grandmother insisted that she have a cup a day…she lived till 94! I use Chamomile oil in my diffuser at night and we all sleep very well! When my son was young I used this tea to aid in his teething as well. It soothed him to sleep and helped him many times with stomach upsets.
I can also recommend you use a few drops of the oil (check for allergies) in a bath before bed as well!
Chamomile is associated with the Sun/fire and the sign of Leo! It is also associated with the element of water. It helps cleanse and invigorate the throat chakra (5th). It is associated with various Sun Gods like Ra, Cernunnos, Lugh and more.
It is used in spells for money, peace, love, tranquility and purification.
If you like you can use the tea to wash thresholds (doors and windows) will help keep unwanted energies or entities from passing through. Sprinkle powdered chamomile flowers around yourself or home to remove spells cast against you and to prevent fires and lightning strikes. You may also use herbal water made from soaking the herb, if you prefer.
Use it in a ritual bath. before performing spells for any of these purposes. Just a simple chamomile bath while visualizing will increase your attractiveness to the opposite sex. Also, use it in a bath as part of a spell to release a loved one, or to release feelings of pain, loss or anger.
Washing your hands in chamomile water before gambling will increase your luck.
Add to sachets for luck or money. Or place pressed chamomile flowers in your wallet to attract money to it.
Use in meditation incense as well. It aids in relaxation.
If you look you will see that the magic of this herb is just the same as its healing properties!
Modern Information Web MD: https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/tc/chamomile-topic-overview