If you are just starting to familiarize yourself with herbs and would like to add a versatile herb to your cabinet, then you may want to take a look at chamomile as your first choice. Chamomile, a flower in the daisy family, is one of the oldest and most favorite of all herbs dating back to ancient Egyptians. It’s both a pretty flower and an ancient healer. This delicate flower is dried and drunk as a tea or used as an extract topically. Here in the United States, oral chamomile is used primarily for relaxation and sleep.
This herb is most often associated with tea or herbal remedies. The flowers of the herb chamomile are infused in hot water make a soothing tea. It is probably the most widely used relaxing nervine herb in the western world. An anti-inflammatory and anti spasmodic herb, chamomile helps to calm down spasms of the digestive tract in conditions of cramping and indigestion.
This herb has also been said to rejuvenate the skin and hair. To make a quick and easy tea facials simply apply a paste made from one teaspoon of fine cornmeal mixed with cooled chamomile tea to the face, let dry, then gently rub off. For skin irritation and sunburn, make a strong tea of chamomile and apply at least three times a day.
For application to the skin, chamomile tea is prepared, cooled and applied as often as needed. This very gentle skin tonic is ideal to replenish and enrich dry or sensitive skin. It is a bactericidal, anti-itching, soothing antiseptic, refresher to the skin and reduces swelling. Using chamomile as an external wash in strong infusion, or decoction, or as part of a hot compress, the herb can also soothe burns and scalds, skin rashes, and sores. This herbal flower makes a fantastic skin care treatment.
Chamomile is an herb that people have used for centuries. Chamomile is one of the most popular herbs in the world, available in a variety of forms. It is one of the most favored medicinal plants in the world. For this reason alone, Chamomile is a very desirable plant.