Chamomile in our Daily Lives
In the herb world there are several varieties of chamomile, but all with similar attributes. Each found in the asteraceae (daisy) family, chamomile is a flower that can be used fresh or dried as an aromatic bitter that soothes inflammation.
Inflammation can be thought of topically and present itself as an irritation on skin. Think topical dermatitis, acute allergic reactions or even more serious flare-ups connected to eczema and psoriasis. Inflammation can also be identified internally by gastrointestinal upset, mental anxiousness and even muscle or organ spasms.
Active constituents found in chamomile consist of chamazulene, bisabolol, papaverine, polysaccharides and a variety of flavonoids (apigenin). Each constituent boasts of anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties to help alleviate pain and sensitivity.
Preparing chamomile to help soothe skin irritations can be as simple as tossing a few tea bags into a bathtub for a chamomile soak. We adore our Herbal Soaking Salts for its added benefit of raw chamomile herb along with our Bath & Body Oils and Chamomile Infused Moisturizer that is formulated with a sunflower oil infusion of this calming herb.
When experiencing digestive upset or mental restlessness. Steep 2-3 store-bought bags of chamomile tea for about 5-10 minutes when in need of a calming effect on body and mind. A great addition to your pantry if you also experience menstrual pain. For more intense pain relief herbalists recommend a stronger decoction of the herb, or to have it infused into alcohol as a high concentration tincture.
Chamomile is a very gentle herb suitable for a vast range of ailments and is even a great herb for children. Whether you find solace in a tea, moisturizer, tub soak or even a bouquet of Chamomile on your dining room table, we hope you love it for all of its beauty each time you interact with it.