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I think most people have heard of chamomile, it is very common and is used in many beauty products. It can be found in things like handcream, handwash, shampoo and facial wash, but it is not only used as a beauty product. It can be bought as a homeopathic medicine tooand as an essential oil. Chamomile can also be drank in a tea or used in the bath to relax us. Chamomile can be bought at the health shop as an essential oil for around 3.50 or you can by it as teabags for around 2.99. A lot of supermarkets and chemists sell other beauty products with chamomile and it can also be grown in your garden. I think it's a must around the home because of it's many uses. Chamomile is an annual plant and can be found in fields or can be bought at the garden centre for around 60p for a little plant. The plant is small with little white petals and a yellow middle. There are lots of different varieties of chamomile but chamomile germaine is the most common one used. If it is drank as a tea you have to remember to limit yourself to not more than two cups a day otherwise you may end up unable to sleep as some herbal remedies can end up producting symptoms rather than curing them. The whole plant is used when making homeopathic medicine as the juices are extracted and mixed with alchohol then dried, this can then be taken to treat certain ailments. Things like coughs, colds, joint pains, toothache, vomitting and labour pains. If you buy it as an essential oil, a few drops in a hot bath will relax you and can help relieve the symptoms of colds and flu, aches and pains, coughs and fever. It is also a great way of soothing period pains for us women who have a bad time monthly, a warm chamomile bath will ease the symptoms if used regularly. It also helps to reduce stress and anxiety as well as headaches and you will feel the benefits of a nice soak in a chamomile bath. When bought in beauty products, chamomile is often put in to sooth and soften the skin. It also helps to treat the scalp when used in shampoo and it wil make your hair shine. Chamomile is usefull to most people but if you do have very sensative skin it can cause dermatitis, but this is not often. I have been using chamomile for years now and have never had a reaction against it and some skin products I can't use. I do find it very soothing to use as an essential oil as I love to light candles and have a nice chill out bath listening to music. I always buy chamomile and often have a chamomile tea which seems to relax you if you?re a bit stressed. If can sometimes take a while to get used to the taste of chamomile tea as its very different to tea or coffee, but the benefits are well worth giving it a try.
Essentail Oil of Chamomile has a number of applications. For calming and soothing it is excellent, which makes it a good choice for children. On an emotional level, it eases anxiety, helps with insomnia and is useful for pre menstrual tension. For physical ailments it is indicated for muscular aches, sprains and swollen joints. I always use Chamomile when hubby comes home with aches and pains after football and nine times out of ten it is effective. Also I rub a couple of drops (in carrier) on my temples and occipital region when I am in the grip of a headache (although I find peppermint even more effective for this type of pain). When applied to the skin, it has antiseptic properties and is useful for eczema, acne and other skin conditions. Use with caution when pregnant.
This plant has many healing attributes, from tea to the actual plant. The oil is pretty much the same, it’s a natural anti-inflammatory and healing agent. The tea tastes too disgusting for me so I prefer to use the oil. It smells like a mixture of apples and straw. The effects of this oil are great to use for insomniacs, stress, insect bites (never use it undiluted!), burns and period aches and pains. I use this oil quite sparingly as I found it is quite expensive, but it is great, so if you’re starting your Aromatherapy collection it’s a good one to have.
What a many splendored thing chamomile is! A few drops in the kids bath before bed and they're out like a light! Use a few drops with lavender in a oil burner in the evening for a relaxed nights sleep. Works very well in helping with insomnia and with children who find sleep diificult. You have to shop around for essential oils though as prices can vary quite dramatically. Health food shops are not always the best places and are often over priced.