probably the most widely
used specific for relaxing and reducing anxiety. Its use can be traced
at least as far back as the ancient Romans and early Egyptians. Modern
day stress makes chamomile a vital staple in your herb cupboard. There
are two types of chamomile available today; 'roman' and 'german'. They
are both soporific (sleep-inducing) but vary significantly in price;
most studies of chamomile's effectiveness has been done on German
Both types are
anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, and sedative. You should not take
sedatives while using chamomile in any form (oil, tea, etc) because it
will enhance the effectiveness of the sedative, possibly dangerously.
Warning - if you
are allergic to members of
the daisy family (which includes ragweed and echinacea), you are
probably allergic to chamomile as well. Do not use chamomile if you are
Metaphysically, chamomile can be used to
promote love and provide
Magickally, it is also used for love spells,
to remove 'curses' or
ill-wishes, and to attract money. Gamblers were once known to bathe
their hands in a chamomile bath to increase their luck at gaming.
For a calming drink, infuse 2-3 teaspoons
chamomile in boiling water
for ten minutes.
Chamomile is a great addition to an eye
pillow; a small silk
'pillowcase' filled with flaxseed and herbs that you can place over
your eyes for relaxation after yoga or to help you fall asleep.