Although its Latin name connects it with Mother, it is
classically used to alleviate menstrual cramps and so has more of a
connection to the Maiden.
It is also traditionally used against heating pains like athritis. For
me, chamomile tea is the most comforting of all the herb teas. I
use it after a long, jangling day. It is also good for the digestion.
Culpeper recommends a bath of chamomile decoction for easing pains,
especially sprains. Chamomile and yarrow are traditional herbs for
brightening blond hair. The Eclectic movement of botanical medicine,
which dominated American
medicine before the AMA took over and pretty much banned it, prized
chamomile, especially for children. They used it to treat the pain of
teething, stomach ache, and generally colicy children. they used it
particular for people who were not just in pain but were very upset by
being in pain, which can come out as restlessness, impatience,
irritability, and unhappiness, as they put it, "sudden nervous
explosions of irascibility." They also believed that it worked best
when used in small amounts.
How to Grow German Chamomile
Sow the tiny seeds on the surface of wet potting medium and keep moist by misting or bottom watering. It germinates in 7-14 days at 55-60F/13-16C. Transplant to sunny area and space 8"/20cm apart. It gets 18-36"/45-91cm tall and grows in clumps. This annual plant will die back after producing seeds in the summer unless you harvest the flowers regularly--then it will keep making flowers. You can grow this plant in a container if you want. General growing info
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