Important herbs – Camomile (Chamomile)
Chamomile is one of the oldest known medicinal herbs. There are two types of chamomile -German Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) and Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis).
The Egyptians used chamomile as a cure for a condition called ‘agu’, which is a form of malaria. The Egyptians dedicated chamomile to their sun gods since the flower reminded them of the sun. It was associated with the god Ra for its healing powers.
The Romans also dedicated chamomile to their gods. Chamomile was also used by India’s ancient Ayurvedic physicians. The Vikings added chamomile to hair shampoos to aid the lightening of blond hair.
Chamomile was used by the ancient Egyptians and the Moors, and it was one of the Saxons’ nine sacred herbs, which they called ‘Maythen.’
Egyptians recorded the use of chamomile tea, in a papyrus that dates from 1550 BC. It was known to the Romans as well as the Celts and Egyptians, and is still regarded as one of the most basic herbal teas to have in a modern larder.
Why to have a herbal garden?
The idea of herbal garden is to have small plants or herbs, which have medicinal values. We do not require lots of spaces to nurture herbal plants and the advantage is twofold, we get some greenery around us, and are more likely to be benefited from these as these are readily available and we are not required to make extra effort to obtain these. Best thing which I like about herbs is that they don’t have any expiration date like any other medicine and also they have no side effects. I will be detailing about more herbs later in my posts, following is some information on Camomile:
Properties and uses of Camomile
– It has a sweet fruity fragrance.
– It is widely used for aromatherapy because of its soothing and calming effect.
– It is used to end stress and aid sleep.
– It can also be used in toothache or ear ache.
– Effective in treatment of diarrhoea for children.
– It is used in cardiovascular conditions.
– Effective in Eczema.
A cup of chamomile tea can calm nervous tension and relieve stress. It soothes an upset stomach in adults and children, and its mild sweet taste and beneficial qualities make it ever popular. Also, this is found to be effective in common cold. This herb is traditionally used in over 100 conditions.