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I’m Dreaming Of a Sweet Chamomile

Chamomile is a beautiful and versatile herb that can be used internally and externally.

 I’m Dreaming Of a Sweet Chamomile by Lara Skye

In my childhood, I remember my grandmother telling me to pour cooled chamomile tea on my hair while I was playing in our pool.  She would say, “just pour it on your head and let the sun shine on it.”  I thought she was a little different because I thought that was a weird thing to do.  Little did I know, she was right!   How did she know that it is a natural lightener that would bring out natural highlights in one’s hair? She was not an herbalist or a very educated woman.  She knew that because of her ancient culture and experience.  She was passing down what she had learned from her father, mother, friends and relatives.

 

Chamomile dates back to the time of the Ancient Egyptians.  It is a beautiful and versatile herb that can be used internally and externally. According to Planet Botanica, European herbalists call chamomile "the mother of the gut." With the annual budget for stomach medications in the United States hitting the multibillion-dollar range, it appears that a mother is just what we need.

http://www.planetbotanic.ca/fact_sheets/chamomile.htm

 

Most recently, I am attempting to create a good habit of making a cup of chamomile tea before I get to bed as a sort of winding down ritual for restful sleep. It is known to be beneficial for insomnia and sleep disorders. My grandmother would make mint or chamomile tea before bed, which was usually accompanied by a small cheese sandwich.  I have not heard of anyone eating chamomile but I do use it as a facial spray.  Chamomile is known to be an effective skin lightener.  Ever wonder what you could do for those sunspots or light discoloration? Wonder no more! All you have to do is bring two cups of water to a boil, steep two bags of chamomile and allow to cool completely.  You can dab it on your face with a cotton ball and allow it to dry.  It is also good for pink eye and great for fevers, sore throat, digestion, heartburn and bloating. 

As if that’s not enough, Chamomile contains vitamin B complex, vitamin C, choline and bioflavonoids. We all know that bioflavonoids have an antibacterial effect, treat and prevent cataracts, lower cholesterol levels, act as an antihistamine and promotes circulation.  So, there you go! Can you guess where I place the tea bags after I’m done sipping my tea in the evening? On my eyes!  I hope you will try some of these fun suggestions and use this wonderful herb to bring stomach health, clearer skin, and a good night’s sleep.    

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Edie DiMuro April 01, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Thanks for the tips on chamomile Lara. I only knew of it to be good for an upset stomach. I use the tea for this purpose and have good results. I love to hear the stories and suggestions from your grandmother.
Lara Skye Baddour April 04, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Thanks Edie!! I wish I had learned more from her when she was still around.
Teresa Richards April 04, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Thanks for this article!! I don't know much about herbs, but lately I've been thinking I should learn more about them. With the high cost of Medicine these days, I've often wondered if our distant ancestors had it right when they used what they could find growing around them to heal their bodies. I am excited to try your tip of using chamomile for sun spots on my face.
Aurora Weiss April 04, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Wow Lara! Great article! This fits right in with what so many of my friends are buzzing about lately. How we need to get back to our "roots" (and other wild edibles) quite literally... Our ancestors knew so much, wish we remembered half of it! ;) I read a quote in a post from one such friend that read "we are fed by food companies who know very little about health, and treated by health companies who know very little about food" It gives me pause... and makes me so happy that there are people like you who know how to make it right!
Audrey Hawker April 04, 2012 at 07:19 PM
I love a cup of chamomile tea before bed. It really relaxes me. Great article!
Kathy April 04, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Lara, Great article as usual. So informative and wonderful to have your Grandmother's wisdom. Keep up the good work!
Majd Baddour April 04, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Great tips. Chamomile is one of my favorite drinks. Always relaxes me.
Andrea Saunders April 05, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Lara, I have to get me some Chamomile now! It is amazing how much these herbs do for us. Thanks for your's as well as your grandmother's wisdom. Did you ever try pouring the tea on your hair? Thanks again for another great article. Keep them coming.
Bobbie Ciskey April 06, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Your articles continue to be beautifully written and very informative. I eagerly await their arrival. This is one of my favorite herbs, tinctures or tea. There's nothing like a cup of Chamomile tea to end a hectic day. Have you tried Yogi Comforting Chamomile. It's awesome and you get a bonus with great words of wisdom on the tea bag. Thanks Sweet Spirit for bringing these beautiful treasures from the earth to life in print.
Lara Skye Baddour April 06, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Thank you Teresa! Herbs are truly amazing and there is so much to learn.
Lara Skye Baddour April 06, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Thank you for being you and acknowledging the magic of herbs. They are here for us to use. I agree with you! All the healthcare companies think they know what's best for our bodies. If it ain't from the soil, it's a skewed version.
Lara Skye Baddour April 06, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Thank you Kathy!! I would love to learn some of your family's secrets. I'm there is much to learn!! : )
Lara Skye Baddour April 06, 2012 at 02:45 AM
I was thinking to have an electric tea pot in our bedroom. lol So, I don't have to go all the way downstairs to make some tea.
Lara Skye Baddour April 06, 2012 at 02:46 AM
I did pour it on my hair. It does work but you have to be in the sun for at least 20 minutes for any results. Thank you for your kind comments.
Lara Skye Baddour April 06, 2012 at 02:51 AM
Bobbie, you have such a poetic way of writing. I have tried Yogi Comforting Chamomile. Sometimes the Yogi teas have too much stuff in them but that one is pretty straight forward. Thank YOU bright spirit!! : )
Lara Skye Baddour April 06, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Thanks Audrey!! I need to make you my special cheese sandwich to go with it one of these days. : )
Chris Nicolo April 06, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Great article Lara, I didn't know about all the great antibacterial aspects of Chamomile. Sadly I can not use it on MY hair! Keep 'em coming!
Chris Nicolo April 06, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Great article Lara, I didn't know about the antibacterial effect. I do love Chamomile for nights when it is hard to sleep. Thanks for the info., keep it coming.
Ted Pirro April 07, 2012 at 04:15 AM
Awesome job Lara-you are a wealth of information. Good to know for my occasional sleep irregularities!
Lara Skye Baddour April 07, 2012 at 04:16 AM
We like your hair just the way it is : )
Lara Skye Baddour April 07, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Thank you Chris x 2!! : )
Lara Skye Baddour April 07, 2012 at 04:19 AM
We know how the artists don't sleep very well :/ Thank you Ted! Keep up the good work yourself!
Lisa Tovey April 09, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Thank for the wonderful article as always, Lara! I forgot about chamomile tea before bed. Definitely my favorite. And now I will dab a little on my dark spots and place the tea bags on my eyes. I'm seriously going to try it!
Lara Skye Baddour April 10, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Yay! It will take some time to get in the habit but I find it to be a worthy pursuit. Thanks so much Lisa!!
Emily Volpintesta April 10, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Great article Lara! Very informative! I remember picking fresh chamomile flowers by the roadside in Puglia, Italy and making fresh chamomile tea from them--how exciting that was for me! I love the flavor of chamomile tea and it's so soothing in our stressful lifestyle of today...
Lara Skye Baddour April 12, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Thank you Emily!! Wild Italian Chamomile sounds divine. Wouldn't it be awesome if we grew it all over town here in Bethel? lol Hmmm... something to think about.

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