Chamomile plant uses. You have undoubtedly heard of this well-known herb, but what are the benefits and how can you use it in your daily life?
This last summer my oldest child got the itch for herbs.
You know the itch where you plant herbs everywhere, watch over them like a doting parent, guard them against everything, painstakingly dry every last tiny bit, then store it up and don’t let anyone use it for fear you will run out before next growing season.
And in his words, find the need to “declare war on the chickens” if they keep scratching in your herb patch.
So yeah, it got serious.
But do you know out of all those herbs which one is considered royalty by my now 15-year-old kid?
Yes, of all herbs for a teenager to fall in love with its the dainty little chamomile, who knew right?
In most situations, teenage actions don’t always make sense. However, in this situation chamomile is a pretty powerful and awesome herb, and here is why.
Chamomile medicinal benefits
Chamomile is known so well in the herbalist world because it is both powerful and gentle at the same time.
As we well know its quite the feat to be both powerful and gentle.
However, chamomile accomplishes this so well it has even been used on babies for EVA…
The chamomile plant has many great medicinal qualities, and right there at the top of the list is its anti-inflammatory properties. It is also an effective treatment against fever and digestive issues along with its positive effect on the nervous system. Aiding anxiety, tension, stress, and many other mental health issues that plague our modern way of living.
Chamomile Oil Actions
The oil actions are the properties of the essential oil, and how these concentrated oils can positively affect the body.
- Pain Relieving
- Prevents and eases spasms
- Settles the digestive system
- Promotes healing
- Destroys becteria
- Sedative on the nervous system
- Stimulates production and flow of bile
- Assists the menstration process
- Combats fever
- Assists healthy liver function
- Assists the body in sweating
- Heals wounds with external application
- Tonic to the digestive system
- Relieves or reduces nerve pain
- Prevent, minimize or reverse an allergic reaction
Chamomile in the garden
Google chamomile just once and the top searches will pop up (whether you buy mainstream or you choose alternative methods) that chamomile relates to health and medicinal properties. A lesser-known fact is its impact on the garden.
Of course, there are also the aspects of pollinators, and how well herbs (especially chamomile) bring pollinators to the garden. And every garden will appreciate more pollinators.
However, the real superpower of this dainty little flower in the garden is its doctor-like behavior.
Wait what? Back it up, what did I say… Or mean?
I mean that since antiquity, the chamomile plant is known to act as a doctor or physician to the plants around it. It can heal the ailments of other plants.
So yeah you don’t need to be Suzy McGreenthumb, all you need to do is plant chamomile and let it do its physician-ing.
Am I making this up, nope. But do we know this to be true or is it a plant myth?
Well I can’t directly communicate with my plants however I have NEVER, and I do mean NEVER had a plant struggle while healthy chamomile is near. So I just assume Dr. Chamomile did its work, and I never even had to know.
So if you are trying to grow a healthy amount of your own for self-sufficiency, like a veggie garden or an orchard. Plant Chamomile and let it be the plant physician, cutting down on your work and boosting your garden’s productivity.
That’s a win/win.
Chamomile Plant Uses
So while we have talked about all the amazing qualities of the chamomile plant, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty.
How can you use it practically in your daily life?
The Many ways to use Chamomile Daily
- Plant it in and around all other plants as a companion plant.
- Dry it and use it for tea (especially helpful when stressed before bed).
- Infuse it into oil. Use as a bath oil, massage oil (sore muscles, colicky infants, stress and tension).
- Use chamomile infused oils for making healing salves or skin creams as it is very anti-inflammatory.
- Plant it along pathways or in pots where people will walk as it has a very enjoyable frangrace.
- Plant it anywhere you would like to attract more pollinators
- Use dried flowers and add along with soaking salts for a detoxifying and de-stressing bath experience.
Its no wonder why this little flower in the aster family may be one of the oldest known medicinal plants. The chamomile plant uses are highly valuable in many aspects both for other plants (in companion planting) or for other humans and even animal companions. Chamomile is both strong and gentle at the same time making it a very effective plant remedy to have on your side. So don’t just pick up a box of chamomile tea, grab a seed pack and grow some. Then of course make that into tea (heart image
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Beth is a mother of 6 living on a handful of acres in an old farmhouse in central Kansas. Beth has a background in the military and health and fitness however her passions come from her homestead life. Beth is an enthusiastic homeschooling mom, avid organic gardener, chicken & goat wrangler, who is obsessed with herbs and natural remedies and maintaining an all-around Do-It-Yourself lifestyle. Beth loves to share all she has learned about and sustainable living. While striving for a healthy, natural life, family-centered life.