How to grow Chamomile and it’s health benefits
Chamomile is a daisy-like flower that’s very pretty and has a lovely scent and lots of health benefits.
Sowing seeds: from springtime, place the seeds onto the surface of the pots and cover lightly with a thin layer of compost. Place indoors ( windowsill ) or into a greenhouse ( somewhere warm ) to germinate. When the plants are big enough to handle, pick out and repot to larger individual pots.
Plant seedlings or bought plants into light, well drained soil in a sunny spot.
You can also grow a Chamomile lawn too
– space the plants 4ins apart.
Water regularly , especially the ones in pots during summer.
Harvest when the flowers are open throughout summer.
The flowers can be used fresh or you can dry them for later use.
To dry them – cut the flowers and spread them out on a tray and place some where warm and dry, it takes a week or two. Once dried, store in an air tight container or jar and keep in a dark cool cupboard.
Chamomile essential oil
Chamomile essential oil is made from the flower of the plant.
- Anti anxiety
- helps Insomnia
- digestive upset and indigestion
- wound healing
- pain relief
- soothes eczema
- anti cancer
Use: You can use Chamomile essential oil in a diffusion, spray topical applications, compress, bath oils, massage oils.
*chamomile may interact with the drugs Cyctosporine and Warfarin. speak to your Dr if you are unsure about medications and essential oils*
Chamomile tea benefits
To make Chamomile tea, the flowers are usually dried and steeped in hot water. I add honey for a sweeter taste, it’s lovely.
- its loaded with antioxidants
- helps to prevent heart disease and cancer
- sedative to help you sleep
- anti anxiety
- calms the nervous system
- helps digestive health
- blood sugar levels
- boosts the immune system
- helps depression
- good for skin conditions like Eczema
- helps to prevent bone loss
- hay fever
- relieves some menstrual symptoms
- pain relief
- bladder problems
- topically used for wound healing
There are so many health benefits to drinking Chamomile tea, it’s definitely one of my favorites, as it really does help to calm my anxiety, stress and helps me to wind down to get a good nights sleep. I love it.
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Love LittleWildflower x