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How To Relax With Chamomile
By Jill York - September 12, 2014

We live in a stress-filled world.  No matter how well we try to order our lives and reduce stress levels, stress will affect us all to some degree.  Stress can also contribute to many health problems, so it's important to aid our bodies in better handling it.

That's where chamomile comes in.  Chamomile flowers are well known for the delicious aroma and taste that they produce, but are also one of the best relaxation herbs available.  When you've had a stressful day, a simple cup of chamomile is just the thing to melt the stress away and enjoy a good night's sleep.  Chamomile is safe for all ages from babies to adults, making it one of the safest herbs to use.

Others uses for chamomile:

  • Insomnia
  • Colic
  • Teething
  • Nerve Conditions
  • Digestion
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Antispasmodic
  • Menstrual Cramps

Chamomile as a tea

One way you can take this herb for any of the ailments listed above is in tea form.  Add 1-2 teaspoons of chamomile flowers to 1 cup of boiling water.  Remove from heat, cover and steep for 5-15 minutes.  Strain flowers from liquid and drink.  The normal dose for adults is 1 cup 3 times a day.  Cut the dose in half for children.  For babies it is recommended to administer about 1/2 an ounce at a time.

Chamomile Glycerite

One favorite way to enjoy the benefits from chamomile is making it into a glycerite {which uses vegetable glycerin as a menstruum}.  Vegetable glycerin is a sweet way to make herbs taste good while not affecting blood sugar levels.  It preserves the herbal properties for 3-5 years.  This would also be a great way to administer the herb to babies.  Give them a few drops at a time {5-15 drops, depending on age} to offer relief.  Find instructions on making a glycerite HERE.

Teething

The safety of over the counter teething gels has raised the concern of parents, and even gained a warning from the FDA.  Chamomile is very helpful for teething and naturally takes the edge off of teething pain.  When teething symptoms arise, soak a washcloth in the chamomile tea and allow the baby to gnaw on it.  Placing the washcloth in the freezer first for a while can give added relief to infants.

Colic

I remember as a teenager witnessing a baby cry for hours from colic pain.  The parents had no clue what to do and I wish I had known about chamomile then!  Chamomile is a long-time remedy for intestinal spams and digestion troubles, making it a very useful remedy for colic.  Administer the herb in tea or glycerite form.  Soaking a cloth in warm tea and placing it on the tummy can offer relief as well.

How do you use chamomile in your home?
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5 Comments

  1. JES the Pilgrim
    Great tips Jill, thank you for sharing!
  2. jena
    Hey Jess I love your posts. Any remedies for boils?
  3. benignjamin
    I have experimented with brewing techniques for chamomile tea and have found that both time and temperature are critical. Too hot or too long and it turns bitter. Like hay or straw...
    Do NOT use boiling water. Use 190-195F (88-90C) for 3-5 min will not turn bitter. Use a kitten thermometer or electric kettle with temp settings. Try not to let the water boil and then cool down, as oxygen is lost and it helps extract the essential oils. Most important is to cover the pot while stepping. The essential oils are volatile and will evaporate, loosing the medicinal properties.
    This yields the perfect cup of chamomile tea. Floral and fruity, never bitter.

    Experiment with temp and time to get it just right. I've found that I don't even need sugar any more.
    1. Meagan
      Very helpful! Thanks so much for sharing your findings with us!