When it comes to tummy or nervous upset in the home, there is one gentle and safe herb I keep as a staple to help calm and relax the family – this is Chamomile.
Chamomile has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years, to treat many conditions including sore throats, gum inflammation (gingivitis), mild anxiety, insomnia, psoriasis, acne, eczema, minor burns and children’s conditions such as colic.
Chamomile contains a number of potent phenolic flavonoids such as quercetin, luteoline and apigenin, which contribute to Chamomile’s calming, relaxing and sedative effect. These potent phytonutrients provide nervous system support, helps relieve irritability, nervous tension, stress and restlessness, as well as promote more restful sleep.
Anti-spasmodic actions with Chamomile carminative properties makes Chamomile ideal in gently calming digestive and tummy upsets – especially in children.
Used topically, Chamomile has anti-inflammatory actions to soothe skin irritations such as nappy rash, cracked nipples, acne, eczema, varicose ulcers and conjunctivitis
The best thing about Chamomile?
Chamomile is a gentle but effective calming and soothing herb for the whole family, so it is safe and gentle enough to settle and calm digestive upsets and mild anxiety in children.
Chamomile is perfect for anyone experiencing mild anxiety, irritability, nervous tension, stress, stomach upset. It’s idea for children feeling nervous, over-reactive and experiecing tummy upsets.
USES for Chamomile:
The popular ‘Tale of Peter Rabbit’ by Beatrix Potter tells of the story of Peter’s mother making Chamomile tea to settle Peter Rabbit who was not feeling well.
Chamomile is viewed as one of the Sacred Herbs of the Anglo-Saxons. Its carminative and pleasant aromatic properties account for its varied uses - indigestion, anxiety, headaches and soothing irritated skin. Chamomile has been documented for use in traditional times for coughs, colds, pain relief, asthma, teething and gallstones.
With its strong aromatic fragrant, Chamomile has been used as a ‘strewing’ herb to create a fragrant atmosphere at public gathering and celebrations
Sedative and calming properties offers a tension relieving warm relaxer and sleep aid. Place Chamomile (open 1-2 capsules) in a ½ of hot water and ½ cup of almond milk. Add honey to taste. Stir, rest for 2 minute. Enjoy.
Chamomile ‘Flower child’ Calming Cool Aid
Sedative and calming properties offers a tension relieving cool drink to calm and soothe minor tummy upset. Place Chamomile (open 1 capsule) in a cup of hot water. Stir, rest for 2 minute. Place in the fridge to cool. Can be add in apple juice or drink on its own.
Chamomile ‘Wound Healing’ Compress
Antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties offer a useful compress for slow healing wounds and irritated skin. Place Chamomile (open 2 capsules) in a cup of hot water, soak a cloth in Chamomile infusion. Please compressed Chamomile cloth on the affected external area – skin.
Chamomile ‘Sanctuary’ Spa bath
Sedative and calming properties offers a relaxing soothing spa sanctuary. Place Chamomile (open 2-4 capsules) in a bath.
Chamomile ‘Highlight’ Hair
Chamomile has been known to lighten hair and enhance highlights. Place Chamomile (open 2-4 capsules) in a bowl of hot water. Cool and rinse hair.
Chamomile Soothing Eye Treatment
Sedative and calming properties offers a relaxing soothing eye treatment to help soothe puffiness, redness and reduce stress. Place Chamomile (open 2-4 capsules) in a ½ cup of hot water, soak small muslin or cotton cloth for 5 minutes. Cool and place on eyes.
Chamomile ‘FIELD OF DREAMS’ Fragrant balls
Sedative and calming properties offers a relaxing pot-pourri sachet, placed under the pillow useful to generate calm in the bedroom for sleep. Place Chamomile (open 2-4 capsules) in muslin, cotton or silk piece of cloth, tie, and place under a pillow or place at bedside table.
Chamomile ‘After Sun Soothing’ Skin Cream
Anti-inflammatory and calming properties offers a soothing, relax and hydrate skin. Ideal to ease tension of the day. Place Chamomile (open 2-4 capsules) in a 2 tablespoon of hot water. Cool. Mix (beat) with favourite oils – eg. 50ml/g coconut oil, 10ml/g jojoba oil, 50ml Nature’s Sunshine Aloe Gel. Beat until buttery. Store in a clean container.
Chamomile ‘Nappy Rash’ Bot Balm
Anti-inflammatory and calming properties offers a soothing, relax and heals the skin. Ideal for baby bot. Place Chamomile (open 2-4 capsules) in a 2 tablespoon of hot water. Cool. Mix with pure olive oils (50ml/g) and Nature’s Sunshine Hydrated Bentonite 5ml. Mix. Store in a sterilised container.
Anti-inflammatory and calming properties offers a soothing ice cube facial for sensitive skin. Place Chamomile (open 2-4 capsules) in a ½ cup of hot water, cool, place in ice cube mold. Apply on face to soothe the effects of dry air on the skin. Add to cool drink on a hot day. Place in a muslin sheet for used when teething.
Calming Chamomile Kefir
Anti-spasmodic, antiseptic and calming properties offers digestive calm for tummy upsets. Place Chamomile (open 2-4 capsules) in a ½ cup of hot water, cool. Add to kefir mixture (can be purchased at the health food store)