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An Apothecary's Advent: Day 22


An Apothecary's Advent: Day 22

Whether you drink it, dab it on your skin, plant a scent-sational lawn or rinse it through your hair, chamomile is a herb that is endlessly useful.

It’s a low-growing, scented herb with gorgeous daisy-like flowers which can be dried and used for all kinds of natural remedies. It has a wonderful apple-like scent and is packed full of good-for-you nutrients, anti-inflammatory compounds and antioxidants.

Most people will use chamomile in a calming tea, which helps to boost your immune system and promote sleep as well as fight stress by raising the levels of serotonin and melatonin (feelgood hormones) in the body.

You want about 2 tablespoons of dried chamomile or four of fresh flowers in a cup of boiling water – however, a word of warning: if you’re pregnant or nursing, please don’t drink chamomile.

Let the mixture cool and you can use as a topical, soothing mix for any skin irritations like eczema or redness, or to dab onto inflamed spots. You can also use it as a hair rinse for blonde locks – and it will also tackle any dandruff thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties.

If you would like to try a chamomile lawn, or seat, then you want to plant chamomile ‘treneague’ which is a non-flowering variety but which smells tremendous when crushed underfoot.


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