Arachnae's Metaphysics










Chamomile




Chamomile is 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 Chamomile.

Both types are analgesis (pain-numbing), 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 allergic!

Metaphysically, chamomile can be used to promote love and provide protection.

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.