When you think of medicinal plants, you have to think of chamomile first. Chamomile is a widespread plant in our region, and tea made from it is certainly one of the most popular drinks.
There are several types, and the most beneficial are Roman and German chamomile.
This plant was revered in ancient Egypt mainly for its healing properties. Egyptian nobles used its petals in cosmetic preparations.
Greek doctors prescribed it for fever and gynecological diseases, and in the old Anglo-Saxon manuscript (Lacnunga) it is one of the nine sacred plants.
Meet the chamomile
Chamomile probably comes from the London area.
The wild species has heads with yellow flowers in the middle and white around them. The cultivated species with full flowers is completely white. At the end of flowering, the white petals (which are a flower in the botanical sense) bend towards the ground so that the whole plant looks like a small, hairy comet star.
Chamomile is an annual herb. It grows in fields, between crops, and is also grown in the garden. It must not be fertilized with artificial fertilizers! It blooms from June to August, the inflorescence is conical and hollow inside. Only flower heads are picked for tea, the whole plant for baths.
It should only be picked in dry, sunny weather. It is suddenly dried in the shade and stored in a very dry place so as not to get wet. It has to be touched as little as possible in order not to lose the scent and thus the medicinal value.
Medicinal properties of chamomile
The uses of chamomile are wide-ranging, from beauty care to more serious ailments.
-as a digestive stimulant
-as a mild analgesic
-against menstrual pain
-Relaxes the muscles
-cares for problematic skin
-Improves liver function
-strengthens the hair
Studies have shown that chamomile can be effective against staph and candida due to its anti-inflammatory effects. German studies from 1987 show that chamomile cream promotes wound healing. Another German study of chamomile and four other herbs showed it was effective for ulcers, gastrointestinal cramps, and inflammatory problems like arthritis.
The flowers of the plant contain several organic compounds that help relieve menstrual pain. The active ingredient apigenin from chamomile has a calming effect.
When you pour hot water over chamomile, a compound is released that relieves the symptoms of hay fever, asthma, and stomach ulcers, and has anti-allergic and antipyretic properties.
Inhaling chamomile steam accelerates the healing of runny nose and nasal congestion. Chamomile antioxidants protect the skin from UV radiation. It contains levomenol, which can improve skin texture and reduce wrinkles from pollution, stress and the sun. It also helps with acne, various irritations, rashes, and other skin problems, especially purulent wounds.
Baths with chamomile strengthen the hair, prevent it from falling out, give it a lighter color and a beautiful golden shine. Chamomile is said to revive any garden, even diseased plants. So don’t pick it in your garden, but plant it.
Fill a 1-liter container with chamomile flowers and pour in a liter of high-quality base oil (for example, olive oil).
Let rest for two weeks, then strain into a glass bottle, close and store in a dark place. The oil can be used for a long time – there are no limits to the duration of therapy.
Chamomile oil is excellent for rheumatism, joint pain and fever.
Because of its calming effect, it is also recommended for bronchitis and asthma. This oil can be used to treat skin conditions such as inflammation and allergies. It also helps with pimples and acne. Chamomile is rightly called the queen of medicinal plants. Use its healing properties and treat yourself to natural care!
There are two types of chamomile – Roman and German.
German chamomile, which is most commonly used in our country, has larger petals and can grow from 15 cm to half a meter. German chamomile tea is used for calming down, nausea and indigestion.
Roman chamomile grows up to 10 cm. Roman chamomile tea is used for calming and relaxation.
Both types have healing properties, and tea is used in various treatments.