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Chillin’ with Chamomile Guide

Chamomile (Matricaria recuita) is a beautiful flowering plant belonging to the daisy (Asteraceae) family. Native to Europe and Western Asia, it now grows around the world. Its name comes from the Greek meaning ground apple because the herb has a slightly sweet, earthy apple aroma.  There are two types of chamomile: German and Italian.

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Chamomile Flowers

Chamomile for calming nerves

Chamomile’s been used as an herbal remedy since ancient Egyptian times. Through the ages, it’s been the go-to herb for fever, kidney health, sleep, bladder, digestion, skin, allergies, bruises, female issues and hemorrhoids. If that sounds like a cure-all, you’re right. It was the panacea for centuries. Besides medicinal use, chamomile found favor in the kitchen, too.  Romans used it to spice up their food and during the Middle Ages monks added it to sweeten their home-brewed beer.

Known today as the herb of rest and relaxation, Chamomile continues to be popular for its calming properties both internally, taken as a tea or tincture, and externally as an ingredient in beauty creams and lotions.  Its benefits appear to come from its 120 chemical constituents including chamazulene, bisabolol, apigenin and luteolin, which appear to boost chemicals in the brain such as serotonin and dopamine that affect mood.  

Chamomile for calming skin

This little herbal gem is great for skin too. Just look at all it does:

  • Soothes irritated skin
  • Calms puffy eyes
  • Eases appearance of dark under-eye circles
  • Brightens skin naturally
  • Moisturizes and softens
  • Protects from free radical damage
  • Fights the signs of aging
  • Helps tighten pores
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Six Fun Facts about Chamomile

  1. Annually the US imports nearly one million pounds of chamomile, with about 90% used for herbal tea.
  2. German chamomile flowers give off a strong, pungent aroma while Roman chamomile is sweet and fruity.
  3. The Spanish used chamomile to flavor sherry.
  4. During the Middle Ages monks noticed that planting chamomile near ailing plants, would aid in their recovery, perhaps due to chamomile’s insect repelling scent.
  5. Depictions of chamomile can be found in Egyptian hieroglyphics dating back 2000 years.
  6. When it comes to symbolism, chamomile sends a hopeful message of “may all your dreams come true.”

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