German ChamomileCredit:;By roctedd

Here is an herb you can grow on your window sill. It needs a lot of sun but can grow in a partial shade area.  In order to use it for tea, dry the flowers of this plant.  The Greeks called this herb “ground apples” because it smelled sweet like apples.  This was considered a sacred herb by the Anglo-Saxons. In 1987 Germany announced it to be the herb of the year for its healing properties. It has been considered one of the safest herbs. Chamomile is a member of the daisy family. You can buy it in tea form or you can make your own by adding 1 teaspoon of dried whole flowers to 1 cup of steamed water, then strain it and drink up.

At the University of Pennsylvania, tests were done on people with anxiety disorders to see how chamomile would affect them. This herb had astounding results for those suffering from this type of disorder. These tests were effective on those with mild to moderate anxiety disorders.

This herb has been used for upset stomach and as a very mild sleeping aid. It has been used on contact for skin irritations and burns. It’s good for bug bites too. Chamomile can be used as a preventative for gum disease so it would be smart to drink it after meals. This is such a mild herb that it can be used to soothe babies when they have colic, teething pain as well as fever.  It also can be used for nightmares, headaches, Colitis, arthritis, and rheumatism. It seems that everyone should be using this method of relief one time or another.

To soothe callused feet you can soak them in diluted chamomile tea. It has properties that naturally reduce inflammation. This herb will even help with sore throat pain. Try gargling with it when you have a sore throat.  You can also soak a clean wash cloth in hot tea, wring it out and lay it on your throat and it will soothe your sore throat.

Chamomile is packed full of vitamins and minerals. These are Vitamin A, calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, and magnesium.  It’s best to buy organic whole flower chamomile to avoid imitation of the plant.  You could easily grow this yourself as it has a high tolerance of conditions.

The only possible side effect is with those who have environmental allergies. If you are allergic to ragweed, Aster or chrysanthemums a reaction may be possible.  Like many herbs, use Chamomile as needed.

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