Chamomile has been a favourite remedy of herbalists since time began. It was always included in the sacred 9-herb bundle, which was composed of the most worthy healing herbs. At one time English (Roman) Chamomile was a very important commercial crop in England and hundreds of acres were used for its cultivation. Local schools even shut down for the harvest season so that children could help with the gathering.
(formerly known as Anthemis nobilis)
Traditional: Roman Chamomile is one of the best remedies for tension and anger. It is deeply relaxing and balancing and soothes raw nerves as few other herbs can. It is excellent for headaches, especially tension headaches as well as for digestive problems that are due to anxiety, fear or anger. It is also a great aid for painful menstruation and abdominal cramps. Last but not least, Chamomile is an excellent oil for aromatherapy skin care products and lotions, adding soothing, anti-inflammatory and anti bacterial properties to your blends.
Magical: Chamomile is an excellent oil for chakra balancing. It brings inner peace and contentment, and calms all sense of fretting or fear. Chamomile may inspire confidence and open the heart to expressing love and compassion. It can also be used for dream work, as it protects the seeker on his astral journeys and wards off demonic entities and nightmares. It is used to bring clarity of vision for divination and scrying, and may also be used for prophetic dreams. Chamomile has a reputation for attracting good fortune, especially in monetary matters.
The sunny and beautifully fragrant little Chamomile flowers spread cheer and contentment. Humble though it may be, it is a powerful healer - not just for humans, but also for other plants. Gardeners know it as 'the plant's physician'. Apparently, its presence improves the health and well being of the whole garden. However, bees seem to find their scent offensive, though humans adore it. In fact, Chamomile was named for its scent, 'which is reminiscent of apples. In Greek it was called 'ground apple' ('Chamai' = 'on the ground' and 'Melon' = 'apple'.) In the Middle Ages Chamomile was a popular strewing herb and at one time it became popular to plant Chamomile lawns. These were dearly loved, because not only did they give off a wonderfully relaxing scent, but unlike most plants they did not seem to mind being trodden on in the slightest, as the old saying testifies:'Like a Chamomile bed, the more it is trodden the more it will spread'
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