Chamomile is probably my favorite herb, well, besides lavender, oh and then there's lemon balm, -- or wait, what about feverfew and sage and -- well, you get it-- I love herbs. I love smelling them, handling them, cooking with them, and using them in various ways.
But truly chamomile is a favorite and probably the one that got me started. My mother used to make me chamomile tea, so I guess it's a source of comfort in that way. Sitting next to a garden with chamomile and breathing in the scent is said to give you strength. I find it lifts my spirits.
A nice cup of chamomile tea takes away the stresses of an especially hard day.
I found this Elizabethan herb song recently, and I wanted to share it with you.
Plant me a garden to heal the heart,
Balm for joy, and the sweet violet
Cowslips, pansies, and chamomile
To ease the pain I want to forget.
I would love to know the melody that went with these words. Maybe I'll have to write one myself.
Chamomile has so many uses it's impossible to list them all. In this economy, if you have an herb garden nearby which is in bloom, or were wise enough to dry herbs at the end of summer you can save quite a bit of money on health and beauty aids.
Here's a simple skin cleanser I enjoy:
2-3 T. chamomile flowers
1 pint water
1 t. lemon juice
Put the flowers and water in a saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes.
Cool and strain the liquid.
Add the lemon juice and store in the refrigerator in a sealed container.
When needed, gently cleanse the face and neck with the lotion using a soft cotton pad.