How to Use Chamomile

Herbal spotlight: Chamomile. How to use Chamomile

close up of a field of chamomile flowers

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Chamomile (Chamomilla recutita or Matricaria recutita) sits high on my top 10 must have list in my apothecary. It gained popularity in the Middle Ages throughout portions of Greece, Rome, and Egypt as a sacred herb and remedy for a wide variety of ailments including: respiratory conditions, fevers, inflammation, stomach and gut conditions, skin issues, cancer, and many others.

ways to use chamomile

Today it’s most commonly known for its nervine/calming properties, but this is a powerhouse herb with multiple uses. It has antispasmodic (decreasing muscle spasm), aromatic, carminative (relieves gas), diaphoretic (induces fluid pulling), anti-inflammatory, and digestive tonic properties.

It’s generally a safe herb to use externally as well as internally, but allergic reactions can occur, especially if you have a known allergy to ragweed, marigold, daises, and chrysanthemums. Chamomile may interact with certain medications, so always check with your doctor before starting an herbal remedy.

In our home, my favorite ways to use it is in tea blends to assist with sleep and gastrointestinal upset, in tincture blends, and we’ve had wonderful success using chamomile to soothe symptoms of pink eye, and to help calm my own rosacea flares.

To see the video on chamomile and all the ways we use it, click the video below.

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CHAMOMILE APPLE TEA RECIPE:

2 parts Chamomile

2 parts Lavender

1 part Dehydrated Apple

Combine into hot water and steep for 10 minutes. Strain and add raw honey if desired. Enjoy!

CHAMOMILE TINCTURE:

1 part dried chamomile flower

5 parts 80 proof vodka

If you’re using fresh herb:

1 part chamomile flower

2 parts 80 proof vodka

Place tincture in a glass jar with a secure lid and store out of direct sunlight. Shake it daily for 6 weeks, then strain and store in a dark glass bottle out of direct sunlight or heat.

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