Seasonal Medicine


Matricaria recutita


Chamomile, oh chamomile, let me count the ways in which I love you. This long-honored medicinal is a staple in my apothecary, for it's use with almost every body system that I work with.

Most well-known for its use as a calming remedy, helping to soothe mild, occasional anxiety while simultaneously helping you nod off to sleep, this tender little flower's medicine extends far beyond its use in a nighttime tea.

A powerful antiinflammatory, I also love chamomile as a soothing oil on burned or irritated skin (I use it in my sun salves), and as a calming bath for tight muscles an/or weary nerves. Made into a cold compress, this soothing plant also makes a cooling application to tender and irritated skin.

As a carminative and bitter, chamomile is also used to help support the digestive system - helping to both stimulate the flow of bile and ease mild bloating after meals. Its anti-inflammatory action can also be supportive of this system, particularly with consistent inflammation within the digestive tract.

The essence of chamomile reminds us of the healing power of the sun, bringing in the warming, calming, and soothing energy that this radiant star gives.  It can help to ease troubled minds, promote rest, and to relieve mild emotional tension in the body and mind, just like a warm embrace from the radiant sun.

My favorite ways to enjoy this special summer-time herb? In infused oils (made into salves), as a sun tea, or in an iced and sparkling herbal mocktail/cocktail for a very calming summertime treat.


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Consulted Texts

Hoffmann, David. Medical Herbalism: the Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine. Healing Arts Press, 2003.

Mcintyre, Anne. Flower Power: Flower Remedies for Healing Body and Soul through Herbalism. Diane Pub Co, 2000.


Grieve, M. A Modern Herbal: the Medicinal, Culinary, Cosmetic, and Economic Properties, Cultivation, and Folklore of Herbs, Grasses, Fungi, Shrubs, & Trees with All Their Modern Scientific Uses: Complete Volume. Stone Basin Books, 2016.

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