Ingredient Spotlight: Chamomile
Love it or hate it there is no denying that chamomile can be classed as royalty when it comes to relaxing. Dating back to ancient times with Egyptian, Roman and Greek use, chamomile is noted as being one of the most widely used medicinal herbs in history and is still working its magic to this day.
Chamomile, with its daisy like little flowers, is sunshine in a cup with its vibrant yellow hue. The chamomile that we drink comes from the dried flower heads of the two most common varieties - German (Matricaria chamomilla) and Roman (Chamaemelum nobile).
One of chamomile's best qualities is that it is gentle but super effective making it ideal for both adults and children.
Read on to find out why I love to use chamomile*:
It has the ability to soothe distress, anxiety and nervousness. Sipping brewed chamomile can calm frazzled nerves and help to release any muscle tension people may be holding.
It helps with sleep. With its mild sedative and relaxant properties, a cup of chamomile does wonders to calm both the mind and body giving a feeling of comfort.
It can ease digestion problems. It has powerful anti-inflammatory properties which can assist in easing digestive cramps, bloating, gas and heartburn.
- It's a powerful healer. Chamomile can modulate inflammation and is slightly antimicrobial. The herb is a 'go-to' for skincare to be applied topically but works wonders internally too to promote healing.
I use chamomile in Sweet Slumber, my blend to help unwind in the evening and also in Mum and Bub (breastfeeding blend). The chamomile can help to settle digestive upsets like colic in babies through the mother's milk while also releasing tension in the mum. I adore it so much I also sell it as a single blend all on its own.
*NOTE: This advice is general only and for specific medical issues please consult a general medical practitioner or health provider.