|Found this beautiful photo on an herbal remedy site.|
Chamomile has anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and anti-bacterial properties. That covers a lot of ailments. Everything from using the anti-inflammatory to reduce IBS to fighting disease with one of chamomile's active anti-bacterial ingredients, Azulene. It's also a good fever reducer & does wonders for an upset stomach. I've also read that it helps skin ailments like rashes & eczema.
As long as you're not allergic to ragweed, chamomile is the most gentle herb to consume. In fact it's not only safe for kids, it helps with a wide range of childhood complaints like colic & teething.
But to get to the reason as to why a cup of chamomile tea is a woman's best friend. Outside of the benefits I already mentioned, Chamomile can also relieves menstrual cramping, heartburn for expecting mothers, and anxiety. It truly is a herb of wonders. It's the number one herb I mention to my friends (especially if they have kids).
There are different ways you can enjoy this beautiful flower. I frequently just have some chamomile tea with local honey. If you do decide to make a hot cup of tea, be sure to cover and let it seep for 15-20 minutes. If not, some of the beneficial, volatile oils could evaporate and all you have left is flavored water.
Chamomile tea is super easy to find. But this year, I hope to be able to harvest my own chamomile. So far, it's turning out quite beautifully. To harvest this herb, you need to trim the flower right before it blooms & let it dry.
|Crazy to think this all came for a few seeds|