Saturday, July 9, 2011

German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)

My mother, who was from Argentina, believed that Chamomile was a cure all. Anytime we had a health complaint she made us a cup of this tea. She grew chamomile in her herb pots and dried the little flowers and stored them in mason jars. The smell of chamomile flowers, is a scent of my childhood.
In Spanish, Chamomile is Manzanilla, it translates as 'little apple'.
This herb is wonderful for children as it is very gentle. Azulen which is in Chamomile, is an anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic, relaxant and pyretic. This amazing herb works on the nervous system, on regulating digestion for upset stomachs, and also on the immune system. A tea can be made for eye strain and external poultice for itchy skin.
For the most potent medicine from the flowers, they should be picked on the day that they open.

On Midsummer's Day celebrated in Europe, June 24th, there was a tradition of creating large bonfires, these fires were kept alive with aromatic herbs, one of them being Chamomile. The smoke of Chamomile was believed to have the magic of removing obstacles and misfortunes.
This plant is associated with the sun and its element is water.

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