a different type of daisy

Chamomile refers to a range of different daisy-like plants. There are many different types of  chamomile – the two most common being German and Roman chamomile.

In the Middle Ages it was used as a remedy for a wide range of complaints including asthma, colic, fevers, inflammations, nausea, nervous complaints, children’s ailments, skin diseases and cancer.

Roman chamomile is a perennial (it will generally live more than two years) and grows close to the ground with small blossoming flowers. It tends to be a bit bitter. German chamomile is sweeter. It is an annual and can grow up to three feet tall.

Ongoing research has identified chamomile as having properties of an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, muscle relaxant, antispasmodic, anti-allergenic and sedative.

Use it internally or externally.  Tea, salve, vapor, wash, compress… depending on what you use it for, do some research on how best to use it.

Exceptionally versatile, chamomile.  Enjoy!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s