Straight from the Herbalist: My Favorite Herb

I have an herb wall and on it are mason jars filled with a variety of herbs - cinnamon, hops, marshmallow root, senna leaves, violet leaves. I've got so many herbs. What's more is that I don't even have 10% of all the herbs there are in the world. Crazy right? 

Anyway, while I don't have all the herbs in the world, then I can say that of all the herbs I currently have and experiment with regularly, the one plant that I am most drawn to is Chamomile, specifically German Chamomile. It's scientific name is Matiricaria chamomilla. Chamomile is the flower of equilibrium and, as a Capricorn, I can't help but think that Chamomile and me are BFFs. 

Peppermint and Chamomile were the first herbs I had ever been introduced to - peppermint for when I'm sick and chamomile for when I'm having headaches (I've got crazy migraines). I've known this plant for so long that it has become my go-to anytime I'm going through something. 

Chamomile is known for easing digestive and stomach issues. Chamomile stimulates digestion, relieves stomach cramps and calms nerves. I've also heard it called "The Children's Herb" because it is gentle and effective.

You can use German Chamomile as a bath soak, infusion, salve, tea, and/or tincture. You know how I love to use it - as a tea, of course. You can even try our Lala Salama or Sister Sister, which use Chamomile beautifully, if I d'usse so myself.

The blue volatile oil, which contains azulenes and gives Chamomile its fragrance. Chamomile is best known for being a nervine relaxant, it calms anxiety and nervousness, making it ideal for those who are tense, stressed, hyperactive, and highly sensitive. 

Fun Fact: Egyptians held the Chamomile flower in high regard, using the crushed petals as part of a beauty regimen. Egyptians thought the herb brought luck and prosperity, and dedicated Chamomile to their Sun God, Ra. 

*FYI: Chamomile has 2 types: German Chamomile and Roman Chamomile. While they share many of the same properties, German Chamomile is used most often because it is less bitter. Roman Chamomile 

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