German, chamomile is often called alles zutraut, which signifies
being capable of anything. This almost omnipotent herb, which has admirers
ranging from ancient Egyptians to the mother in Beatrix Potter’s story
The Tale of Peter Rabbit, may very well be deserving of
this name because of the myriad of beneficial healthcare applications
that it holds.
gain further appreciation of its health benefits, it is possible to
study chamomile (as well as other herbs, nutrients and foods) through
the lens of herbal astrology. Through this periscope, we can better
understand why this botanical remedy may serve to protect health and
is Ruled by the Sun
is ruled by the Sun, the governing planet of the sign Leo. The Sun represents
the essence of our being and our need to validate our individual identity.
Through its rulership of Leo, the Sun is related to self-expression
and creative ability. In medical astrology, the Sun rules the heart,
as well as the body’s vitality and resistance to disease.
reflects some of the Sun’s properties. Its flower heads are solar yellow
and are surrounded by an aura of white rays. In the introduction to
the section on chamomile in his seventeenth century book The Complete
Herbal, Nicholas Culpeper began by stating: “It is so well known
everywhere, that it is but lost time and labour to describe it.” People
could say the same of the Sun.
people think of chamomile, most think of its calming properties. Yet,
chamomile has many more benefits than just acting to relax the spirit.
The flavonoids and essential oils that comprise chamomile are noted
for their potent anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and antibacterial
qualities. It has applications in the natural treatment of certain conditions
of the gastrointestinal tract, as well as the skin and mouth. Additionally,
because of its calming nature, it is a wonderful herb for infants and
young children. The species of chamomile that has garnered the most
attention is German chamomile.
for Gastrointestinal Conditions
is a soothing herb that may help to relieve many complaints of the gastrointestinal
tract. Clinical research has supported its ability to relieve spasms,
irritations and inflammations of the stomach and intestines. Therefore,
chamomile is used for a range of conditions such as irritable bowel
syndrome, gastritis, spastic colon and acute diarrheal episodes. As
chamomile does exhibit mild sedative and calming qualities, it seems
to be of special therapeutic value when anxiety and tension are at the
root of digestive disturbances.
for Skin and Mouth Conditions
anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties make it a wonderful topical
remedy for numerous skin conditions, including those of the mouth and
the gums. Chamomile has been shown to benefit certain skin ailments
such as eczema, insect bites and rashes. As it exerts a soothing effect
upon the tissues of the mouth, it has been found to alleviate canker
sores and other mouth irritations. Additionally, its antibacterial qualities
have been credited with its ability to treat and prevent gum diseases
such as gingivitis.
astrological relationship with the Sun is further illuminated through
its beneficial health applications in young children. Children are associated
with the Sun-ruled sign of Leo since they are the epitome of the unbridled
and natural desire to express one’s self.
is a stellar herbal remedy for children. Children appreciate its slightly
sweet, apple-like taste, while parents appreciate the relief that it
provides for their little ones. It is often used to help relieve infant
colic. As its sedating properties are mild, it can be a good remedy
for the relief of restlessness or sleeplessness in infants and young
to Use Chamomile
chamomile is available for internal use in capsule or tincture form,
chamomile tea is the traditional way that it has been used. You can
make chamomile tea by either steeping one tablespoon of dried flowers
in hot water, or by using chamomile tea bags.
For gastrointestinal complaints, it is suggested to drink one cup of
tea between meals three to four times a day. To help mouth and gum irritations,
you can use the freshly prepared tea as a mouthwash or gargle. Chamomile
is also available in a variety of preparations such as salves, creams
and ointments for topical application to the skin. While there do not
seem to be any contraindications for chamomile, people who are allergic
or sensitive to members of the Asteracea family (including ragweed,
feverfew and yarrow) may also want to avoid chamomile.
is important to always consult a licensed healthcare provider if you
are thinking of using chamomile or other dietary supplements to treat
any health condition. Additionally, you should tell your healthcare
provider about all of the dietary supplements that you are taking so
that s/he can evaluate any potential drug-supplement interactions.
note: The health information given in this article is not meant
as a substitute for care from a qualified physician. This information
is given for educational purposes only, and is not intended to diagnose
or prescribe. StarIQ.com is not responsible for any mishaps that occur
as a result of using this information.