The spotlight this week is on this amazing little flower.
The most common delivery method is a tea. Many drink it for it’s relaxing, calming effect or to boost the immune system and help fight infections associated with colds. Something I learned recently is that the tea can also be used for relieving muscle spasms and menstrual cramps because it has properties that help relax the uterus and decreases the production of prostaglandins (hormone-like substances that cause inflammation and pain). Guess who has two thumbs and is going to be drinking tea religiously for the next month to test this out? You can read an overview of the studies done here. It covers chamomile use for eczema, gastrointestinal disorders, colds, inflammatory conditions and more. Definitely worth a read.
The article concludes by stating “Establishing whether or not therapeutic effects of chamomile are beneficial to patients will require research and generation of scientific evidence.” This is often the case with many holistic approaches to health or folk medicine which many of our DIY recipes stem from. What works for 10 other people might not work for you. Which is why I often refer to DIY recipes I try as ‘experiments’. Thankfully though, many of the ingredients, like chamomile, beat out the competition when it comes to side effects – or lack thereof. That being said there are rare cases of allergic reactions to chamomile, usually for those that have extreme sensitivities to ragweed, daisies, marigolds, or chrysanthemums.
So what are you waiting for? Come by the shop and pick up some dried chamomile to make a warm cup of tea and see if it supports your body in more ways than one. Or take a peek at some of the fun DIY recipes below:
- Herb Infused Oil – Instructions and inspiration from the Mountain Rose Herbs blog. I made a solar infused batch using chamomile and rose a few months ago without really knowing the benefits of the herbs I chose. Needless to say I’m looking forward to pulling it out and using it as an after shower oil.
- Soothing Chamomile Face Mask – A recipe using only chamomile tea and honey from Our Everyday Life
- Chamomile Tea Bag Compress for Eyes – No recipe necessary for this one. Simply drink your tea and pop the used tea bags in the fridge for a quick cold compress to refresh those eyes on rough mornings.
- Chamomile Body Scrub – A recipe from Every Day Minerals blog using sugar, chamomile tea and coconut oil.
As you can see the options are endless and the recipes are simple. Have fun this week and we’ll see you in the store!
Disclaimer: The recipes & benefits provided are for general reference only and should not be taken as medical advice. Wild Radish Studio does not guarantee the accuracy of information provided on referenced blogs & websites. Products and/or information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please do your research & make decisions in partnership with your healthcare provider. If you are pregnant, nursing, have a medical condition or are taking any medication please consult with your physician.