Chamomile is one of the most well-known herbs to tea drinkers. There are two types of Chamomile; German Chamomile and Roman Chamomile. As far as my studies have shown, both types of chamomiles have very similar properties and can be interchanged. It is known in Spain for having a ‘fruity, apple-like’ scent. Therefore, in Spanish, it is called, Manzanilla, meaning ‘little apple’.
Chamomile is an annual plant, which means it typically dies after one season, and won’t re-emerge the next season like a perennial would. They naturally re-seed themselves so it may appear to re-emerge every season like a perennial.
Chamomile can be taken internally or applied topically, to help with acne and eczema. It has also been known to help with sunburns and other skin conditions, such as poison ivy rashes.
Parts Used: Flowers, Essential Oil
Main Constituents: Volatile oil, flavonoids, valeric acid, coumarins, tannins, salicylates, cyanogenic glycosides.
Actions/Medicinal Properties: Anti-Inflammatory, nervine antispasmodic, bitter, sedative, tonic, anti-emetic, carminative, anti-allergenic, cooling and drying
Dosage: For Infusions, add 1 cup boiling water over 2 tsps of dried flowers and leaves for mild digestive problems or insomnia. Teas could be used as a face wash for inflammation of the skin, and other skin conditions. For tinctures, take 2tsps 3 times per day to ease irritable bowel syndrome symptoms or for nervous tension.
Magickal Properties: Purification, Love, Sleep, Money, Cleansing.
Planet: Sun (technically a star)
Deities: Ra, Cerunnos, Lugh
Safety: Those who typically suffer from allergies from plants in the daisy family may be sensitive to chamomile.
Chamomile Through History
In 2012, chamomile and yarrow scrapings were found on the teeth of a 50,000 year old Neanderthal! We have been using this herb for a very, very long time!
een associated with deities of the sun in many ancient religions. In ancient Egypt, chamomile was sacred to the sun god Ra and was highly revered over all other herbs. Chamomile flowers are found depicted in many ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics dating back to over 2,000 years. Chamomile was valued not only as an herb that could heal any ailments, but Egyptian nobility also used it in their beauty regiments.
Ancient Greek physicians, like Dioscorides, made frequent mention of prescribing the herb chamomile for a variety of ailments. Medieval herbalists bred double-flowering varieties of chamomile to increase the plant’s healing parts, as it is the plant’s flowers that are used for herbal remedies.
Chamomile is used to attract money and a hand wash of the infusion is sometimes used by gamblers to ensure winnings. It is used in sleep and meditation incenses, and the infusion is also added to the bath to attract love.
f you’re getting ready to do a banishing ritual (banishing negativity or smudging), some recommend you steep chamomile flowers in hot water, and then use it to sprinkle around the house. You can also wash up with it, after the water has cooled, and this is believed to keep negative energies away from you.
Also, plant chamomile near doors and windows, to prevent negativity from entering your home, or blend it into a sachet to carry with you when you think you might be in physical or magical danger.
Burn dry chamomile in a fireproof bowl or use chamomile incense to bring about relaxation and meditation. Chamomile is useful when trying to get centered and calm. It can be blended with lavender and burned for restful sleep and calming dreams.