German chamomile is an annual that blooms spring through summer. It is a member of the Asteraceae family, and is native to southern and eastern Europe. Growing up to 1-2 ft. in height, this plant is characterized by its thin stems, narrow leaves, and daisy-like appearance with white petals and a yellow center.
Chamomile is a wonderfully soothing herb used to treat different ailments, especially restlessness or gastrointestinal problems. It has been used for centuries for its anti-inflammatory, sedative, antibacterial, and anti-allergenic properties. When ingested, either as a tea or tincture, it may help alleviate insomnia, cold symptoms, promote bowel movement, relieve stress, and reduce any inflammations or discomfort of the muscles. When used as a balm, it may help soothe irritated skin due to eczema or rashes, prevent infection, and promote healing.
A great way to utilize chamomile is in a bath soak. To start, draw your bath with lukewarm water, and once 1/3 of the tub is filled, add in your herbs. You may choose to use 6-8 drops of essential oil or 1 cup dried flowers in a soak bag or fine cloth (for fresh flowers, use 1.5 – 2 cups.) A chamomile soak can help soothe sore muscles and pains due to its anti-inflammatory and calming properties. If you would like to personalize your own recipe, here is a list of ingredients that can compliment your chamomile soak:
|Ingredient||Properties||Amount (If mixing 3-4 different herbs, use 1/4 cup or 2 drops of essential oil each)|
|Epsom salt||Reduces swelling, irritation, aches, itching, and soothes skin. Helps detoxify body, increases magnesium level.||1-2 cups|
|Honey||Soothes, hydrates, and softens skin. Rich with antioxidants and amino acids.||1 cup|
|Lavender||Soothes aches, irritation, swelling, and softens skin. Perfect for relaxation and as a sleep aid.||1 cup, or 6-8 drops of essential oil|
|Rosemary||Soothes aches and inflammation, helps congestion. Rich in antioxidants.||1 cup, or 6-8 drops of essential oil|
|Lemon balm||Soothes skin, relieves itching, relaxes body. Good for sunburns.||1 cup, or 6-8 drops of essential oil|
|Calendula||Reduces aches, soothes and benefits skin, used as wound wash.||1 cup, or 6-8 drops of essential oil|
All seed from the herbs mentioned in this article can be found on our website, Etsy, and is available for pick up at the Downtown Veneta Farmer’s Market from 10-2pm. Let us know if you tried the recipe, and feel free to share yours down in the comments below!
Disclaimer: Talk to your doctor or herbalist before use, as everyone has different reactions and benefits from this plant.
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