Herbal remedy: chamomile

Being a little girl, I remember picking up wild flowers, foraging for mushrooms, wild raspberries and strawberries during summer picnics in the woods with my parents, brother and sister. Those forest fruits were so sweet, fragrant and full of the summer sunshine. Finding chamomiles was always a joy associated with summer and sun, they smelled bittersweet, quite medicinal but with a promise. Humble looking daisy-like flowers are quite powerful ones. In top ten of most used herbs.

Botanical illustration from Wikipedia
Botanical illustration from Wikipedia

We all know that chamomile tea soothes the upset stomach, easies cramps and aids in digestion problems. It is also very beneficial in skincare for inflamed or acne skin. Chamomile floral water could be a good start. Even chamomile tea could be used as a toner, especially for sensitive skin. Chamomile can be used in therapy for migraine, insomnia, PMS, stress, depression. Very beneficial for children especially during teething or used in a bath for eczema prone skin. Chamomile calms down any irritation and bad mood.

There are two main species: German chamomile, most common, wild one and Roman chamomile, or English, garden one. German chamomile essential oil is famous for its dark blue colour, thanks to high amount of azulene, the organic compound which has anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Roman chamomile is great to use in aromatherapy, for its apple-like scent. In haircare, chamomile is a friend to any blondes. Regular hair rinse could highlight and enhance blonde hair, especially when combined with lemon juice and exposed to the sunlight. Can’t wait then for sunny days like today and try to lighten my hair naturally.

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And how about a chamomile coloured cat?

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