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  1.  Botanical Name: Symphytum officinale.

    Common Name:  Blackwort, bruisewort, common comfrey, knitbone, slippery root, boneset, yalluc, gum plant, ass ear.

    Ayurvedic/ TCM Name None Available

    Family: This well-known showy plant is a member of the Borage and Forget-me-not tribe, Boraginaceae. 

    Parts Used: Leaves, Wilted or Dried, Roots, fresh or split length ways and dried in the sun 

    Native Region Comfrey is a plant indigenous to Europe and temperate parts of Asia. It is common throughout England on the banks of rivers and ditches, and in watery places generally

    Botanical Description Comfrey grows well in moist soils, producing a thick hairy stem, reaching between 2 to 5 feet tall. It displays flowers in dense clusters that range in color of dull purple, blue or white. Inside the root it is fleshy and white, and filled with juice, while the root is black on the exterior. 

    Harvesting Guidelines  

    Comfrey thrives in almost any soil or situation, but does best under the shade of trees. Propagation may be effected either by seed or by division of roots in the autumn: the roots are very brittle, and the least bit of root will start growing afresh. They should be planted about 2 1/2 feet apart each way, and will need no further care except to keep them clear from weeds. As a green crop they will yield largely if well-rotted manure be dug between the rows when dressing for winter. As an ornamental plant, Comfrey is often introduced into gardens, from which it is very difficult to eradicate it when it has once established itself, a new plant arising from any severed portion of the root. It has been suggested that its use can be dated back to 400 B.C. It has had various uses, not only as a medicinal herb but also as food and drink.

    Constituents: 

    Allantoin, rosmarinic acid, tannins, hydroxycinamon acid derivatives, as well as mucopolysaccharides. It is rich in protein, antioxidants, saponins and vitamin B12.  While both the roots and the leaves are used in herbal remedy preparations, the roots and the new leaves have a greater concentration of the poisonous pyrrollizidine alkaloids.


    TASTE:  Not To Be Taken Internally 


    ENERGY: Energetically Moist And Cooling 


    HERB LORE

    Gender, Feminine

    Planet, Saturn

    Elelment, Water

    Powers: Safety During Travel, MoneyLORE: worn or carried, comfrey protects and ensures safety during travel, also tuck some into your suitcase so that they aren’t lost. 


    ORGANS & SYSTEMS AFFECTED, Skeletal, Skin 


    WORKS WELL WITH, Arnica, Calendula, Plantain, Liquorice, Marshmallow 

    USES

    Comfrey has traditionally been used a folk medicine for a variety of ailments, such as the topical treatment of painful muscles and joints, to aid the healing of wounds and skin cells, haematoma, broken bones, fractures, gangrene, inflammation, burns and sprains, bruises, gout, Bed sores, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, rheumatoid arthritis, colitis, stomach and digestive problems such as diarrhea, gallstones, and also pneumonia and pleurisy, and ulcers. During World War I it was used to help heal maggot infested wounds. More recently, in the twentieth century, some medical professionals have tried to treat cancer patients with comfrey but as of yet no scientific evidence has been found to confirm its usefulness in that regard. These days, it remains a very popular herb because its ability to heal tissue and other wounds so quickly. It is not recommended for deep wounds because it may heal the outer tissue quicker. It can be beneficial as an herbal remedy for burns, bruises, and other superficial wounds. Its success has been in its use as a topical treatment. When used in low concentrations comfrey has been used in beauty creams and treatments. The fluid secretions of the plant called the mucilage have been used for healthy skin, soothing and softening it, and due to the allantoin, skin cells are regenerated also.

    Allantoin has also been found in other supplements as it is considered quite safe because it has been found in the human placenta and breast milk. When in ointment form, a common therapeutic use for comfrey is the treatment of pain and inflammation, due to the ingredient of rosmarinic acid. In regards to acute upper and lower back pain, a study by Giannetti in 2010, the root extract of comfrey was found to have a potent and clinically significant effect in reducing pain in the back. Previously a study by Koll in 2004, found during several clinical trials that comfrey was effective in the treatment of strains and sprains and various other joint and muscle complaints. It has also been noted that comfrey ointment is beneficial in the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee, because it decreases pain, and movement and quality of life is improved.

    Other useful components of comfrey such as saponins have antibacterial and anti-edemagenic properties. It also contains choline which causes vasodilation. Rosmaricnic acid, in addition to its anti-inflammatory uses also has astringent, antioxidant, antimutagen, antibacterial and antiviral benefits, and can help with allergies. There is a mouthwash available that is made from comfrey that is used as an herbal treatment for sore throats, gum disease and vocal hoarseness. some herbalists say that it can be used as a medicinal herb for hemorrhoids or vaginal infections and is used as an herbal suppository. Caution is advised for these remedies because comfrey is not completely safe for internal use. Individuals should seek the advice of a health care provider or trained herbal specialist before using it. Although traditionally used internally for stomach ulcers, it has been found that comfrey does not cure ulcers.

    ACTIONS

    Vulnerary, Emollient, Astringent, Expectorant, Demulcent, Hemostatic,

    Preparation

    Comfrey can be bought and grown at home. it is best to harvest the leaves when the herb is in full flower. when preparing oil infused comfrey, allow the leaves to wilt overnight, then finely chop them and add the oil. the oil is ready when it is dark green. the roots and leaves of comfrey are crushed to make compresses and poultices. these are placed directly on the injury with a dressing, and are changed daily until healing has finished. a little water can also be added and it can be stored in the freezer for later use on wounds. the roots and leaves are pressed for liquid extracts. to prepare comfrey tea the roots or leaves are dried. in regards to dosage, according to germany’s commission e regulations, if comfrey extract is to be used on the skin, then no more than 100 micro-grams of pyrrolizidine alkaloids should be present in each daily use. comparably if ingested as an internal remedy, then no more than 1 micro-gram can be present due to its toxicity. even though comfrey is a natural herb, this doesn’t mean that it is automatically always beneficial, many natural substances are poisonous to humans in certain doses.                                                                       

    Aerial parts:

    POULTICE – Pound the comfrey leaves to prepare a puree and apply it externally on areas where there is any minor fracture, which would usually not be possible to mend by using plaster. In fact, the best places to apply this puree are broken ribs, toes or hairline cracks in any larger bone. 

    CREAM – Cream prepared with comfrey leaves may be applied on the damaged bones and muscles. It is especially effective in osteoarthritis conditions. 

    INFUSED OIL – Comfrey leaves may be used to prepare infused oil by adopting the hot infusion procedure. The infused oil may be used on wounds, arthritic joints, sprains as well as other distressing injuries. It may also be applied to get relief from inflamed bunions.

    Root:

    POULTICE – Take some amount of powdered comfrey root and prepare a paste by adding water to it. This paste should only be applied externally, as any internal use of the comfrey root is believed to have a toxic effect. This paste may be applied topically on varicose ulcers, to stop bleeding hemorrhoids as well as to heal other obstinate injuries.

    SAFETY

    While it has been shown that symphytum officinale has a host of beneficial uses on tissue regeneration and for pain, caution must be executed especially when taken orally. This is due to the toxic effects of the pyrrolizidine alkaloids it contains. Animal studies have revealed that these alkaloids make comfrey hepatotoxic, having severe toxic effects on the liver, producing liver tumors which have been confirmed in some human cases. It has been suggested that kidney damage may also be possible, and urinary bladder tumors have been found in rats. The United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and Germany have banned the sale of oral products containing the extract. Comfrey is only sold in these countries as an external topical treatment in the form of creams or ointments. Care must be taken when using it on the skin as it can be absorbed producing harmful levels within the body. It should never be used on broken skin. Whole leaves and roots, and some of their extracts may be still be available for purchase so care must be taken when using the products. It is not thoroughly tested on its interactions with other medicines, so consult healthcare professionals before use. The herb should be avoided by women who are pregnant of breastfeeding. The US Pharmacopeia states that it should not be used on broken skin at all. It is commonly mistaken for other similar plants which have even higher levels of the toxic pyrrolizidine alkaloid, such as Russian or prickly comfrey, or foxglove.                

    Notes & References

    The Modern Herbal,

    The Herbal supplement & resource

    The Herbalist Bible

    Mountain Rose Herbs

    Botanic Energy 

  2. Botanical Name: Calendula officinalis

    Common Name: Marigold, Pot Marigold, Bull Flower, Butterwort, Cowbloom, Death-Flower, Golden Flower Of Mary, Holigold, Marsh Marigold, Mary Bud, Solis Sponsa, Solsequia, Water Dragon

    Family: Asteraceae

    Ayurvedic/ TCM Name  Jin Zhan Ju

    Parts Used:  

    Dried flower as a tea, tincture, or infused oil.

    The fresh plant can be prepared as a tea or tincture.

    The fresh flowers are edible. 

    Native Region:

    Cultivated for medicinal use in the Mediterranean countries, the Balkans, eastern Europe, Germany, India,4 Poland and Hungary. Smaller amounts are grown in North America, Chile, Australia and New Zealand. 

    Botanical Description:

    Annual herb bearing the characteristic daisy-like flowers of other members of the Asteraceae family, having bright orange or yellow terminal flower heads3 and pale green leaves. Native to Southern Europe, Egypt,2,4 the Mediterranean, and in the region spanning the Canary Islands to Iran,5 calendula is now naturalized in much of the world and is commonly grown in gardens. A variety of other Asteraceace genera have been commonly called "marigold" including Tagetes erecta, T. minuta, T. lucida, Baileya multiradiata, and Dyssodia pappossa, yet they have different properties.6 However, a related wild species, C. arvense, may have similar therapeutic properties. Calendula is said to be in bloom on the "calends" of every month, hence the name. The "calends", or in Latin "kalendae" referred to the first days of each month of the Roman calendar and signified the start of the new moon cycle. And the common name derives from an association with the Virgin Mary as this flower, or the similar looking flower, Tagetes sp., was used in various religious festivals and referred to as "Mary's gold". 

    HARVESTING

    The best time to harvest flowers is in the summer, in the heat of the day when the resins are high and the dew has evaporated. Carefully dry flowers at low temperature in order to keep their vibrant colour. 

    CONSTITUENTS 

    Triterpene glycosides and aglycones, essential oils, resin, sterols, flavanoids, calendic acid. Polysaccharides, Flavonol, Saponins, Lycopene, Triterpenoid Saponins, Carotenoids (Carotene, Calendulin, Lycopin), Bitters, Mucilage, Trace Minerals, Potassium chloride, Sulphate, Calcium sulphate.

    CONSTITUENTS OF INFUSED OIL

    FATTY ACIDS

    Linoleic - 16.29%

    Oleic - 74.48%

    Palmitic - 4.38%

    Stearic - 2.16%

    TASTE

    The Taste of Calendula Petals can range from Spicy Pepper to Bitter 

    ENERGY

    Sweet, Bitter, resinous, warm, dry, moistening 

    HERB LORE

    Gender, Masculine

    Planet, Sun

    Element, Fire

    Powers, Protection, Prophetic dreams, Legal Matters, Psychic Powers

    Lore: Marigolds picked at noon when the sun is at its hottest and strongest, will strengthen and comfort the heart. Marigolds carried in the pocket helps justice to smile favorably upon you in court.

    ORGANS & SYSTEMS AFFECTED; Liver, Gallbladder, Digestive System, Skin

    WORKS WELL WITH, In a tea Plantain, Yarrow, Shepherds Purse

     

    ACTIONS

    Antispasmodic, astringent, cholagogue, diaphorhetic, vulnerary, lymphatic, emmenagogue, cholagogue, hepatic 

    USES

    The calendula is a potent antiseptic herb. Several of the active chemical constituents found in the herb are fungicidal or mycotic toxins – especially the resins, in addition, these compounds are also bactericidal and anti-viral agents. The astringent quality of the herb also has a beneficial effect on the functioning of the capillaries, this property of the herb accounts for the effectiveness of the herb in the treatment of cuts, physical wounds, varicose veins, and various other inflammatory disorders that affect the human body.

    The most beneficial actions of the calendula herb are for its positive effects on the skin, the herb is a very good remedy for all types of skin complaints. Calendula is a very effective herb for the treatment of most minor skin problems induced by different factors. The remedy made from the calendula can be employed to treat cuts, scrapes, and different kinds of minor wounds; it is excellent for alleviating reddened and inflamed skin. It is an excellent remedy for minor burns and for problems such as sunburn. It is a good remedy for acne and for the treatment of rashes. All types of infections caused by fungi including ringworm, the athlete’s foot, and thrush can be treated using the calendula. In addition, the calendula is excellent for treating diaper rash and cradle cap in infants. The herb also soothes nipples that are sore from prolonged breastfeeding sessions.

    When the calendula remedy is consumed as the herbal infusion or in tincture form, the herb helps fight off all sorts of inflammatory problems affecting the digestive system, including problems such as gastritis, chronic peptic ulcers, regional ileitis, and colitis. The herb brings relief from these problems when used therapeutically over the long term.

    The detoxification power of the calendula has been recognized for a long time in the herbal community. Calendula helps in treating the toxicity in the body, which is the reason for so many fevers and infections; it actively aids in the detoxification of the body and is a good remedy for the treatment of systemic skin disorders, including chronic problems such as eczema and acne. Due to its ability to detoxify the body, the calendula helps cleanse the liver and gallbladder of accumulated toxins, and a remedy made from the calendula can be employed for the treatment of problems affecting these two vital organs in the body. The mild estrogen-like action possesses by the calendula is often employed in treatment strategies that are directed at lowering menstrual pain and in order to help in the regulation of bleeding during normal menstruation in women. Calendula infusion can be used as an effective douche for treating yeast infections in the vaginal cavity.                     

    Safety

    As a culinary herb, the calendula is considered to be one of the safest herbs around. At the same time, a person can react badly to the calendula, for example, a person who has an allergic reaction to pollen of any plant species belonging to the daisy family of plants, like the ragweed, may experience an allergic reaction to the calendula as well, though the chances of this occurring are rare.

    Being considered safe and moderately therapeutic, the calendula herb is very often used in preparing homemade skin remedies, which are used in treating a variety of skin complaints. Though quite rare, there are occasions when some individuals develop an allergic reaction to the calendula as a result of frequent use of the herbal calendula skin remedy.

    The menstrual cycle is traditionally believed to be influenced by calendula herb. Due to these concerns, some authorities on herbs suggest that calendula must not be consumed by pregnant women and nursing mothers, however, no evidence of harm from the use of calendula in these women exist.


  3. When i first started my course, the one thing i was interested in doing was Bath Teas, why? i hear you ask, well, even though i make all my products using natural ingredients, I still found that people were allergic to certain things, we actually use, even though they are natural and food grade, for example: Citric Acid, which you find in citrus fruits, its also in certain foods and sweets, as it adds sharpness, but i use in in my skin care products as it is a very good pH balancer, but it also makes our bath bombs, bath fizzes and bath truffles fizz, but i have found a couple of our customers are allergic, which means there are only a hand full of things they can use, like our soaps, balms & body butters. So i wanted to make a bath product which they could use and enjoy without any of the worry, and i thought bath teas would be the perfect alternative. 


    So whats in a Bath Tea...... Lets take our Relaxing Bath Tea for example, that is made with Lavender, Lemon Balm, Chamomile, Catnip, Oats & Epsom Salts. We can also make it without the oats for those people who have Gluten allergies. I have broken down the different ingredients to give you an insight to why i they were chosen.


    Epsom salts 

    Epsom Salts when dissolved in warm water are easily absorbed through the skin where they immediately go to work inside our bodies. The magnesium ions break apart from Epsom salt molecules and begin to relieve stress by promoting the production of serotonin and reducing the effects of adrenaline. Magnesium also plays a critical role in the production of energy in cells, helping us to feel invigorated without causing feelings of restlessness or anxiety.


    Oats

    Several Studies support the role of Colloidal Oatmeal for both cleansing and moisturising the skin, as they helped to reduce the itching in various skin disorders, such as eczema, dermatitis and fungal infections. The use of oats has also shown the probability that in certain circumstances people were able to reduce the amount of steroids they used.  


    Lavender

    Lavender is largely recognised today for its calming and soothing effects. There is also evidence that it may slow the activity of the nervous system and therefore promote relaxation, improve sleep quality and bring about emotional balance. Lavender’s calming effect on the nervous system has also made it a valuable herbal remedy for the treatment of insomnia. 


    Chamomile

    Chamomile is another well known plant to help calm and soothe, it is used in the making of many herbal remedies for the treatment of a variety of illnesses. But like Lavender it has a great relaxing action on the nervous system and the digestive system. The herbal remedies made from this plant are considered to be a perfect remedy for the treatment of disorders affecting babies and children. The main action of the chamomile is that it brings about relaxation in all the smooth muscles throughout the body of an individual.

    Catnip

    Many people laugh when they see this as an ingredient in our Relaxing Bath Tea, mainly because of it euphoric effect on cats, but what many people dont know is, that it may not affect people in the same way, but it does help in aiding relaxation. Catnip is also used as a muscle relaxant and mild sedative, which is why it is often used to relieve the pain of headaches (especially tension headaches) and migraines. This also explains its use to combat insomnia and other sleep disorders. Because of the herb’s mild sedative effect it has recently been proposed for use in the treatment of ADHD (hyperactivity) in children.


    Lemon Balm

    The volatile oils found in the lemon balm have a relaxing effect on the muscles, and the main compound that soothes and calms the nervous system is also the oil. Research conducted on the herb supports this view, and the ability of the melissa herb to ease such actions, like the states of excitability, heart palpitations as well as depression, and headaches, was also noticed.


    We also do 3 other Bath Tea's;

    Sleepy Time, which contains: Lavender, Hops, Catnip, Lemon Verbena, Oats & Epsom Salts

    Floral, which contains: Rose, Lavender, Chamomile, Lemon Balm, Oats & Epsom Salts.

    Soothing: which contains, Buttermilk, Oats & Epsom Salts.

    If you would like to know more about these others, please let me know, but i will be uploading the information files over time.

  4. Chamomile

    Botanical Name Matricaria chamomilla L.

    Common Name German chamomile, Hungarian chamomile, mayweed, sweet false chamomile, true chamomile

    Family Name Asteraceae

    Ayurvedic/ TCM Name Huang Chu Ju 

    Parts Used: The entire above ground portion of the plant can be used. The flowers are edible and can be used raw to top salads. The chamomile flowers are also often dried and used in tea or added to the bath. They may also be pressed for their oil. The leaves are dried and used in aromatherapy and other herbal medicines.

    Native Region: This annual herb is originally from Europe but has become naturalized to most continents. It can be found growing along fences and paths in well-lit areas with well-drained, light soil.

    Botanical Description: The stem of the chamomile plant is erect and hollow. It is a small plant, growing to a height of 8 to 16 inches. The flowers are small (about 1 inch across) and daisy-like with a white-collar around a cone-shaped, yellow center. The leaves are light green and feathery with a bipinnate pattern. The entire plant has a sweet, pineapple scent. 

    Harvesting Guidelines: Harvest when the flowers are in bloom. Flowers may be picked by hand or with a "chamomile rake" which is a tool developed for this type of harvesting. The whole plant may be used, yet the flowers are the most potent.

    CONSTITUENTS: 

    The flower contains 0.24%–1.9% bright blue volatile oil 28 terpenoids and 36 flavanoids.4 Flavone derivatives include apigenen, quercetin, patuletin as glucosides, and sesquiterpenes including alpha-bisabolol and its oxide azulenes such as matricin (which is converted to chamazulene). nobile contains less chamazulene than M. chamomilla. 

    TASTE Slightly Bitter, Sweet, Aromatic

     

    ENERGY Warm & Moist

     

    HERB LORE

    Gender: Masculine

    Planet: Sun

    Element: Water

    German Chamomile is used in Calming & Sleep Incenses and Brews. Its is also used to attract Money.

     

    SYSTEMS & ORGANS AFFECTED: Digestive System, Nervous System, Liver

     

    WORKS WELL WITH

    Skin Care, Lavender, Rose

    Sleep Pillows & Bath Teas, Catnip, Lavender & Hops 

    Chamomile also combines perfectly with Fennel for indigestion and sore eyes, with Cramp bark for menstrual pain or locked muscles, with Lemon balm for restless children and with Skullcap for anxiety and insomnia.

     
    USES

    The chamomile herb is another well known plant, used in making effective herbal remedies for the treatment of a variety of illnesses. The herb has a great relaxant action on the nervous system and the digestive system. The herbal remedies made from this plant are considered to be a perfect remedy for the treatment of disorders affecting babies and children. The main action of the chamomile is that it brings about relaxation in all the smooth muscles throughout the body of an individual. The herb acts on the digestive tract and rapidly brings relief from any muscular tension and spasms, it alleviates disorders such as colic, and it can reduce the amount of abdominal pain, and remedy excess production of wind and abdominal distension in patients.

    The other major affect of the herb lies in its ability to regulate peristalsis along the esophagus, resulting in the treatment of both diarrhea and persistent constipation in a patient. The chamomile is well known for its ability to soothe all types of problems related to the digestive system, particularly when these are specifically related to persistent stress and tension affecting the person. The flow of bile is stimulated by the bitters, at the same time, the chamomile also affects the secretion of digestive juices in the body, as a result it enhances the general appetite and this leads to an improvement in the sluggish digestion of the patient. When used internally and as a topical medication, the volatile oil is known to prevent ulceration’s and is also observed to be capable of speeding up the healing process in areas of the skin affected by ulcers, this ability makes chamomile an excellent remedy for the treatment of gastritis, and in the treatment of peptic ulcers along with varicose ulcers affecting the legs of the patient.

    The potent antiseptic action of the chamomile is also very valuable, the herb is very active against all infections arising from bacteria, and it can be used in the treatment of various illnesses, including common thrush – caused by the Candida albicans. Herbal chamomile tea is also another way to use the herb, and this tea helps in lowering the temperature of the body during a persistent fever and furthermore, the herbal tea is also effective against colds, flu, common sore throats, persistent coughs, and against all kinds of digestive infections such as the common gastroenteritis which affects a lot of patients annually. Inflammation in the bladder and cases of cystitis are soothed easily by the antiseptic oils in the chamomile – leading to effective and rapid relief from the condition.

    Herbal remedies made from the chamomile also helps in relieving persistent nausea and sickness felt by a women during the term of her pregnancy, the herbal remedy can also help bring relaxation from uterine spasms and aids in relieving painful periods, it also helps in reducing painful menopausal symptoms, the remedy can also be used to bring relief from mastitis, it is effective against premenstrual headaches and migraines. In addition, the remedy is also used in the treatment of absent flows during menstrual period – if the condition is due to the presence of stress felt by the women. The pain felt during the contractions of labour can be relieved by drinking herbal chamomile tea; the tea can also be drunk throughout the process of childbirth to help relax the tension in the muscles. The herbal remedies made from the chamomile also function as an effective general pain reliever, thus the chamomile can be taken to treat persistent and painful headaches, it can be used in the treatment of migraines, it can be used to treat neuralgia, and it can also be used to relieve a toothache, an earache, or the achiness which occurs during flu, it is effective against muscular cramps, it can be used to treat rheumatic and gout pains in the body. Inflammation in arthritic joints can also be effectively relieved by consuming herbal remedies made from the chamomile.

    The property of the chamomile in the role of a natural anti-histamine has also been observed during recent researches conducted the chamomile herb – thus there is a possibility that the herb can be used in this role. Herbal remedies made from the chamomile are also used in the treatment of asthma and to treat hay fever and the herb is used externally as a topical remedy against skin disorders such as eczema. As an antiseptic remedy, the chamomile has been used topically in the treatment of all kinds of wounds, it has been used in the treatment of different types of ulcers, it can be used to treat sores, and to treat burns as well as scalded skin.

    Chamomile in the form of steam inhalations can effectively aid in bringing relief from asthma, it can ward off hay fever, and it can also alleviate catarrh and sinusitis in patients. Topical chamomile cream has also been used to treat sore nipples and this cream is also used as a vaginal douche for the treatment of all kinds of vaginal infections in women. Soothing relief from cystitis and hemorrhoids can be had by sitting on a bowl of chamomile herbal tea. The anti-septic actions of the chamomile herb is also excellent in the role of an antiseptic eyewash to treat sore and inflamed eyes and it can also be used as a lotion for the treatment of inflammatory skin conditions including eczema and common fungal infections such as ringworm.

    Chamomile herbal remedies must be considered by anyone who has ever suffered from an occasional migraine headache and this remedy is also effective in treating hyperactive children, the famous French herbalist, Maurice Messegue, had great success with herbal remedies made from the chamomile in treating such ailments. In one example, a man affected by debilitating migraine attacks was cured after just 14 days of intensive treatment using herbal remedies made from the chamomile herb – such is the power of this plant. Herbal teas made from the chamomile can be very relaxing to the body, preparation of such teas involve relatively simple steps, just steep about 2 tablespoons of some fresh or dried chamomile flowers in a pint of water, boil the water for about 40 minutes. After removing the pot, cool down the broth and strain the liquid, it can then be sweetened using some pure maple syrup and this herbal tea can be drunk in doses of 1-2 cups at a time on a regular basis for long term treatment of headaches.

    The chamomile has also been frequently praised for its properties by many European herbalists, who have often raved about its big cosmetic benefits – especially when used as a topical herbal application. A healthier and softer glow can be detected for example, when the face is washed several times every week, with the herbal tea made from the chamomile. At the same time, this tea also has other uses, it is considered to be a wonderful hair conditioner and has great benefits, and particularly when treating blond hair, the herbal tea makes hair more manageable and induces a shinier surface on the hair. This herbal tea can be prepared by bringing one pint of water to a boil, once the boiled water has been removed from the heat, immediately add 2 tsp. of dried chamomile flowers. Now cover the pot and let the herbal essences steep into the water for about 45 minutes. After this infusion process, the water can be strained and the resulting tea can be used while still lukewarm or when fully cooled down.

    All external conditions of the body, including inflammation in the skin can be treated using the chamomile as an herbal compress or in the form of an herbal wash; the herbal oil can also be rubbed into affected areas of the body to treat muscular stiffness and to alleviate temporary cases of paralysis in the limbs. Prepare a consumable herbal tea from the chamomile – which can also be used as a wash – by bringing about 1-2 pints of water to a boil, to this boiling water add 2 heaped teaspoons of dried or fresh chamomile flowers. The pot containing the water must then be removing from the heat at once and the herb can then be allowed to steep into the water for about 20 minutes or so-it can then be cooled and strained to get the tea. This herbal tea made from the chamomile can be drunk one cup at a time about 2-3 times every day and the tea can also be used as a herbal wash to treat inflamed areas of the skin, by applying it on the affected area several times per day. Paralysis and stiffness in the limbs can also be treated using a chamomile massage oil, this oil can be topical used to treat all aches such as lower backaches, prepare this herbal oil solution by filling a small bottle with some fresh chamomile flowers and pour some olive oil until it completely covers the flowers inside the bottle. Once the oil and the flowers are sealed into the bottle, place a tight lid over the mouth of the bottle and place the bottle under direct sunlight for two weeks at a stretch, during this time, the herbal essences from the flowers will seep into the olive oil and the remedy is ready, it can then be stored in the refrigerator and used as a topical healing oil whenever necessary. Any oil that is going to be externally applied on the skin must always be warmed before it is massaged into the affected areas of the skin. To gain immediate and incredible relief, and to help you soothe your tired or irritated eyes, soak some chamomile tea bags in some ice water for a little while, this solution can then be used as an application on the eyelids for rapid relief from the tiredness and irritation. The particular topical eyewash is an especially good idea during allergy season when eyes are typically affected because of irritants such as pollen in the air.

    A chemical compound known as azulene is one of the chief chemical components in all species of chamomiles, and particularly so, in the German variety of the herb. This particular chemical compound is a very potent anti-allergen and has been recorded as helping in the prevention of allergic seizures, up to an hour following its administration even in experimental guinea pigs. A possible cure to hay fever might lie in careful use and administration of the azulene. In little children as well as in adults, the herbal remedies made from the chamomile are effective in relieving sudden asthmatic attacks – this is another very important ability of the herb. In a majority of health stores, a very effective chamomile throat spray is marketed under the name CamoCare, this spray has been used to relieve the distress and blockage during an asthma attack. Patients suffering from asthma can benefit from this herbal spray by spraying some of this chamomile concentrate into the mouth right at the very back of the throat, the spray will aid in relieving the sudden choking sensations during an attack and it will also help in facilitating respiration during the attack. During allergy season, vulnerable adults are advised to drink 3-4 cups of warm chamomile tea on a daily basis, young children can also benefit by taking 1-2 cups per day during this time, concurrently such vulnerable individuals are advised to inhale the warmed herbal vapors while keeping their heads covered using a heavy bath towel and they should do this while holding the face 8-10 inches above the pan which has some freshly made chamomile tea, inhalation must lasts for 12-15 minutes every sitting for beneficial results.

    The ability to inducing regeneration in the body is a property possessed by only a very few herbs in the plant kingdom, such abilities as producing brand new liver tissue belong to very few herbs. German chamomile possesses this unique property, and so does the common tomato juice among herbs. The chemical compounds azulene and guaiazulene present in herbs were identified as being able to initiate the growth of new tissues in experimental rats which had a portion of their livers surgically removed, this experimental results were obtained in one research recorded in Vol. 15 of Food & Cosmetics Toxicology published in the year 1977. Patients with wasted liver tissues are advised to take up to 6 cups of the herbal chamomile tea every other day or in an average dosage amount of 3-4 cups every day – this regimen is ideal for encouraging the regeneration of liver tissues in the body of the patient. Compared to the powdered capsules, for example, it is known that the herbal tea works much better and is a more efficient way of treatment over the long term. In the treatment of patients, and especially patients already suffering from some severe degenerative liver diseases such as infectious hepatitis or the complications due to the AIDS virus, the consumption of this remedy will prove to be extremely beneficial in the long term.

    ACTIONS

    Tonic, Anodyne, Carminative, Sedative, Stomachic, Laxative, Diaphoretic, Sedative, Emmenagogic, Anxiolytic, Antiphlogistic, Musculotropic, Promotes Wound Healing, Deodorant, Stimulates Skin Metabolism. Chamomile Is Rare In Its Qualities Of Being Both A Bitter Digestive Tonic And A Relaxant/Sedative, Meaning That It Has Both The Ability To Tone The Digestive Organs And At The Same Time Relax The Nervous System.

    SAFETY  

    Chamomile has been shown to cause allergic reactions to people who have allergies to other members of this plant family (including arnica, artemisia, feverfew, tansy and yarrow.)

    People with hay fever or asthma should be cautious when beginning use of chamomile, as it has been found to aggravate these conditions in some people.

    Contact allergies have been found in rare cases as well, People on blood-thinners such as Coumadin or Warfarin should consult their physician before using chamomile because it may enhance the effects of the medications. Alcohol use should be limited due to the sedative effect. 

    The use of chamomile while on prescription sedatives (such as Ativan, Valium, and Xanax) must be monitored as well.