When most people hear the word “chamomile” they most often associate it with the tea of the same name. It’s definitely a great tea, and I drink it quite often myself. But there’s a lot more to it than that.
***Special Note: None of the following information is meant to replace a doctor’s care. I am not a doctor and have no medical training. If you are having serious problems, make sure to consult your family doctor!
Chamomile for the Eyes
Anyone who has ever had allergies or even the pink eye knows how awful it can be. On more than one occasion, I’ve woke up with one or both eyes puffy and stuck together.
A warm cloth, slightly damp, would always do the trick, but it still didn’t make them feel much better. Then I found out about chamomile!
If you have eye ailments, simply take a fresh new chamomile tea bag, dampen it with warm water and give it squeeze. Then, simply wipe the eye well, with first one side of the tea bag, and then the other. Use one bag per eye.
You don’t have to rinse your eyes afterward and I do believe it’s best if you won’t! For me, only one application has been necessary. If your problems persist, you can repeat as necessary.
Help for Sinus Pressure
One of the best things you can do for sinus problems is create a chamomile breathing treatment. It’s really easy to do, but do be careful, as it involves hot liquid!
First, take a medium size pot and fill it half way with water. Toss in two chamomile tea bags along with a tablespoon of rubbed or ground sage, a teaspoon of turmeric powder, a teaspoon of cayenne powder, and one dried anise flower. Bring this to a rolling boil and let it remain there for about two minutes.
Next, remove the pot from the stove and set it well away from the hot surface. A counter top or table will do fine. Very carefully, hold your face over the steaming pot, but not close enough to burn yourself. Cover your head, and the pot, with the large, thick bath towel.
At first, the steam will be so intense, it’s best to vent the towel a bit in front to release some of the steam. You can close up this vent as the mixture begins to cool.
Be sure to breathe in through the nose, and out through the mouth, deeply and regularly. Do not force it so much that you hyperventilate, however. Just nice deep breaths, for at least ten minutes.
Do not be surprised if, during the procedure, your sinuses loosen and burst forth. My advice would be to keep tissues and a trash can nearby. They may release so quickly, the only thing you can do is put your face over the trash can!
For a Better Night’s Sleep
Chamomile tea has long been known as a stress reducer. At the same time, it can also help to sleep better, including helping you stay asleep longer at one time. Normally, you might be up and down all night, but a couple mugs of strong, warm chamomile tea can work wonders.
I have always been a fan of drinking this tea either without any sweetener at all, or only flavored with just enough honey to change the flavor.
Additives, such as sugar and cream, only work against the natural healing properties, by adding other things to your blood stream. If you are using the tea for healing purposes, use it as naturally as possible.
Less Stomach Upset
Drinking tea, as described above, will also help to alleviate a lot of stomach problems. Upset stomach, acidity, nausea, gas, bloating and more will fade away after a few cups of chamomile tea.
For extra stomach healing properties, you can also add several very thinly sliced ginger pieces. Ginger has also been long known for it’s wonderful remedy powers over stomach ailments. If you opt to add ginger, make sure to allow it to steep in the boiling water for at least five minutes.
Many people use tea bags to get relief from a aching tooth or tooth abscess. The tannins found in the tea are responsible for the drawing effect in drawing out the infection.
Even more soothing, especially if no infection or abscess is present, is chamomile tea. Simply submerge the tea bag in water that is at least boiling, and then remove it immediately. You can place this directly on the sore tooth or use it on the outside of your cheek, directly over the painful area.
Repeat as often as necessary, as there are no side effect associated with this treatment.
There are several more medicinal type uses of the chamomile plant, especially in Native American history. Be sure to check back again soon to find out more!
If you have any advice of your own, or have a story about how chamomile tea has worked for you in the past, be sure to leave a comment letting us know!