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Chamomile Materia Medica

Updated: Jul 13

Grow | Harvest | Make with Chamomile


"Like a camomile bed

The more it is trodden

The more it will spread"


In Latin, Matricaria means mother, used by mother, like being cared for by a mother


In Spanish, Manzanilla means "little apple"


In Greek, it translates to ground apple - kamai - "on the ground" melon "apple"


I D E N T I F I C A T I O N

Yellow Center

10+ white petals

thin, tall stalk

delicate, feathery leaves

apple fragrance


G R O W

German:

matricaria chamomilla, matricaria recutita

annual, self seeds


Roman:

anthemis nobilis, chamaemelum nobile

perennial, hardy to zone 5


*Medicinally, they are typically used interchangeably


Start seeds indoors 4-6 weeks before transplanting. Can be direct sown.


Consider for paths, hedgerows and as a lawn replacement


A companion plant, it is also known as "Plant's Physician" as it cures nearby plants' ailments, increases their vitality and repels pests.


H A R V E S T

Summer

Midmorning

When in full bloom

Use fingers like a rake

For a large patch, a blueberry rake might be a tool to try


"How the Doctor's brow should smile, crown'd with wreaths of camomile"

-Thomas Moore


P R O P E R T I E S

Bitter | Aromatic | Neutral

Nervine, calmative, slight sedative, vulnerary, antifungal, analgesic, slight antiseptic, antispasmodic, emmenagogue, diaphoretic, expectorant, carminative


M A K E

Tea: digestion, nervousness, menstrual cramps, tension headaches, fevers, sore throats, colic, teething, irritability, bedtime, herbal bath, hair rinse

Oil: massage, muscle tension, facial

Essential Oil: headaches, insomnia, muscle pain, irritability, facial

Steam: facial, hay fever, sinusitis, yoni

Wash: tired eyes, conjunctivitis

Dried: tea, dream pillows, strewing

Flower Essence: releasing emotional tension, insomnia, stomach tension, chronic stress, hyperactivity in kids

Homeopathic: body tension, teething, colic


For educational purposes only. Not intended for medical advice. Always consult your physician.





Fables & Folklore of Chamomile


"Chamomile are feathers from the wings of seraphim angels, thrown as an offering to the earth for each bird hunted in in sky"

Corina Abdulahm-Negura


Ruled by the Sun and the sign Leo, its element is water, its energy is masculine and is associated with the throat chakra. Its energy is most magical potent on a Sunday when the sun is in Leo.


Chamomile was thought to be a gift from sun Gods. It can be used as an offering or to invoke them including Lugh, Ra, Apollo, Helios and Cernunnos.


Chamomile can honor the sun in a summer solstice ritual or observance. It can offer a sunny disposition on cold winter days.


Known as Maythen, it was one of nine sacred herbs to the Anglo Saxons. These herbs were believed to be given to humans by Woden, the God of healing. Written in the Lacnunga, am 11th century medical text, the nine herbs prayer was a remedy for skin conditions.


Highly revered in ancient Egypt, Chamomile was one of the plants used in the mummification process.


In floriography, or Victorian Language of Flowers, Chamomile signifies energy in adversity or I admire your courage.


Symbolism includes:

good luck

prosperity

wealth

success

love

purification

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A hair garland of chamomile can help attract a lover.

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Plant near windows and doors to thwart negative energy from entering the home.

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Chamomile has been used to purify babies at birth.

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Old time gamblers would wash their hands and/or dice with chamomile tea before playing.