Chamomile The Elixir To Your Youth

By Leonie | Uncategorized

Jan 31

What is Chamomile?

Chamomile is in my opinion the answer to every ailment there is for us busy ladies living in the city. If there is one thing that has changed the way I function as a human being and made me a better person it's this magical herb. Find out some of the amazing abilities and what its done for me and how it can do wonders for you too.

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Chamomile Is A Flowing Herb?

Chamomile has been used for thousands of years for it's medicinal value. 

Chamomile comes in two forms; German Chamomile which has long/tall stems and Roman Chamomile that has short stems and considered ground cover.

Both flowers look & deliver the same healing properties that I'll point out, but its the German Chamomile that you'll see parked on the shop shelves.

Why Is Chamomile So good!

Chamomile has a an antioxidant called apigenin that works when ingested through tonics (such as tea), it helps by binding itself to specific receptors in your brain to relax them enough to induce sleep. While you're sleeping it works its magic, helping to recover inflamed brain cells to their optimum health. 

So while it produces a calming effect to get you to sleep, once you're in a proper deep sleep it will kill any free radicals (The bad guys or unwanted inflammation caused from stress that could be attacking your brain cells while you sleep). 

What Happens When You Get Great Sleep

  • You'll have more energy to get through mental and physical tasks
  • Be kinder to yourself and others around you
  • Great sleep means that your body is able to rest properly so it can go into repair and refresh mode, making you look more attractive and less prone to wrinkles
  • Heals your overworked, over pumped muscles
  • Gives your internal organs an all important holiday from over stimulation of external factors. Recreational drugs, alcohol, negative energy and unhappiness all put a huge burden on your internal organs, so getting good quality sleep will help repair the damage done in the past.
  • You become happier with out trying to find happiness in external things or beings
  • Stress levels decrease

How To Grow Chamomile 

How to grow chamomile in containers

Home grown Chamomile mixed in with my Strawberries, Wild Thyme                      & Blue Cornflowers 

Growing Chamomile is one of the easiest flowering herbs to grow. They love sunlight and water and are drought tolerant, so it's forgiving if you forget to water it once or twice. But not so great if you forget to water it on a regular basis, especially if your growing them in containers as they tend to dry out faster than if they were in the ground.

Its not particularly selective of the type of soil, so its up to you if grow it from store bought soil or your magical home made composted soil in a container! 

Pictured above is Chamomile mixed in with my Strawberries, Wild Thyme and Blue Corn Flowers, and they've all thrived in my home made composted soil and grown from seed! 

Easy Growing Steps for Growing Chamomile 

  • Best to start after the last frost or when your about to come into spring or start them off indoors at the end of your winter.
  • Choose your soil
  • Place Soil in chosen container, old empty ice cream container will be perfect 
  • Make sure to puncture holes into your ice cream container for easy drainage 
  • Place your soil into your container
  • Sprinkle whole packet of chamomile seeds evenly onto your soil (Don't bury the seeds, they like to lay on top of the surface
  • Water in - the water usually pushes the seed to just below the surface 
  • Keep the soil moist and out of direct sunlight 
  • You'll notice little sprouts of green within 10-14 days
  • Keep soil moist.
  • Chamomile likes it better when its in half shade half sun, so choose a spot you think'll work best for your environment 

Harvesting & Drying Chamomile

Home Grown Chamomile

So you've got your Chamomile all thriving and now at the 2-3 month mark you'll be noticing little flower buds developing along with some flowers that'll already be blooming. Well done!!!!

You can start snipping the flowers to either put into a vase and enjoy them in your home or snip as many as your can as they appear and hang to dry out before using. 

Don't worry about snipping the flowers, it actually promotes more growth.

You'll need about 20 flower heads for one cup of tea.

How To Make Your Own Cup Of Chamomile Tea

You'll need loose Chamomile flowers, and either a coffee plunger or a tea strainer.

For One Person: Place 1 - 2 teaspoons of loose Chamomile flower buds into tea strainer & place into cup/mug. Pour boiling water to infuse the medicinal properties into the water. Allow to steep and cool for 5-10 minutes.

For two or more people: Place 2-4  Tablespoons of loose Chamomile flower buds into clean coffee plunger and pour boiling water to infuse the medicinal properties into the water. Allow to steep and cool for 5-10 minutes, then pour into your favourite mug and enjoy!

How'd you go! I'd love to hear from you in the comments below. Have you started growing Chamomile or do you plan to grow any other herb? What other things would you like information on?

About the Author

I believe that we don't have to move away from the city to renew our Earths resources, instead we need to move towards a lifestyle thats healthy for us and our Earth.

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