Seasonal Medicine

Chamomile

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 it's use as a calming remedy, easing mild anxiety and helping you to nod off to sleep, this tender little flower's medicine extends far beyond its use in a nightime tea.

A powerful antiinflammatory, I love chamomile as a soothing oil on burned or irritated skin (I use it in my sun salves), and as calming bath for tight muscles and weary nerves.

As a carmintative and bitter, chamomile is also used to help support the digestive - helping to stimulate bile flow and ease bloating after meals. It's anti-inflammatory action can also be supportive to this system.

The essence of chamomile reminds us of the healing power of the sun - warm, calm, and soothing.  It helps to ease troubled minds, promote rest, and to relieve tension of the mind body, like a warm embrace from the radiant sun.

My favorite ways to enjoy this special summer-time herb? In infused oils, as a sun tea, or in an iced and sparkling herbal mocktail.

 

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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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