I often think of chamomile as the dreamy, nurturing tea herb. I have a bit stashed in my cupboard for late-night novel reading or when I need something to soothe my dry, winter throat. I also watching it sway in my garden on a breezy summer day. It’s carefree and cheery, yet sublime and relaxing. Tiny, yet colorful, each bloom is a random mix of white petals with a textured yellow center. These images of chamomile are so instilled in my mind, I often forget it’s an herb packed with strength and versatility.*
4 Great Reasons to Grow Chamomile
Aromatic German chamomile is easy to attend to in the garden. If cut back after blooming, it will continue to bloom from spring well into fall. This stellar herb is typically pest free and self-seeds readily. Once planted, you rarely will have to plant again. Like borage, it may pop up where you don’t want it, but you can pull it out easily enough. I enjoy it’s self-seeding tendency. It means I have I lot of plant to play with.
In addition to making a relaxing tea, you can also put the antibacterial and anti-fungal properties of chamomile to work. Try….
- Strewing chamomile in your pet’s bed to keep fleas at bay.
- Rinsing your hair with it as a natural brightener.
- Planting chamomile next to cabbage and onions to increase their overall health. (They will grow more vigorously and be less prone to pest infestation.)
- Making a syrup with chamomile to feed the bees! (It’s also a bee-magnet in the garden.)
If after doing all of that you need a rest. No worries. Add some lavender to your remaining chamomile and make a small herbal pillow. The scent will relax and soothe you as you drift off for a good night’s sleep. Hmmm….the dreamy, nurturing herb? Isn’t that where we started? Lol.
Have a wonderful day…and pleasant dreams.
*If you suffer from ragweed allergies, please know that chamomile is in the same plant family and may cause an allergic reaction. Use with caution.
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