What's the deal with chamomile?
Chamomile is one of those little flowers that everybody loves for a million different reasons. She packs a lot of punch into a tiny little body, and she works her magic in many different ways.
Chamomile is a short and stout shrub, under a foot tall, and up to three-feet wide. It blooms in early to mid-summer, and is traditionally picked in the morning on midsummer’s eve. It’s a pain in the ass to pick because you just want the little flowers, not the whole stem. Chamomile is indigenous to Europe, India, and western Asia, but like most things… we stole it and brought it to America, so it grows here now, too.
Egyptians were the first to discover the healing properties of this little beauty. They used it in sacrifices to the sun god, Rah, to fight malaria, and it was even used during the mummification process. After that, our buddies in the English countryside got obsessed and started using it like crazy, too.
The two main species we use today are Roman and German.
What’s it good for?
Relaxation, of course.
It’s an anti-inflammatory, helping to relieve pain from toothaches, headaches, cramps, and other un-cool shit.
It helps with heartburn and indigestion.
Great for balancing out diarrhea and constipation.
You can plant it near other plants to encourage them to grow stronger. No seriously, this bitch will heal other plants. How friggin’ cool is that?
Turn it into a perfume — it smells like apples!
Use it in the bath to soothe sore skin and muscles
She’s known for purification and protection.
Use it in incense for sleep or meditation.
Plant it around your house for protection from bullshit.
They say to wash your hands in chamomile tea for good luck.
Take a bath in the blossoms to attract love. (Consented love only, no emotional kidnappings.)
Use chamomile tea in banishing rituals to create a metaphysical barrier.
Pulverize the blossoms and use them to dress a candle for banishing (black candle) or prosperity (green candle).
Side effects and warnings
Be careful with it if you’re pregnant — it can cause contractions and premature labor.
If you’re allergic to ragweed, you might be allergic to chamomile, too.
Maud Grieve says of chamomile in A Modern Herbal,
"When walked on, its strong, fragrant scent will often reveal its presence before it is seen. For this reason it was employed as one of the aromatic strewing herbs in the Middle Ages, and used often to be purposely planted in green walks in gardens. Indeed walking over the plant seems specially beneficial to it.
Like a camomile bed
The more it is trodden
The more it will spread
The aromatic fragrance gives no hint of its bitterness of taste."