Chamomile infuses your tea with a delicious floral aroma that is warm, light & airy. Its smell is reminiscent of apples, first noted by the Greeks, who named it ‘ground-apple’ (kamai=ground & melon=apple).
Improve Sluggish Digestion
Chamomile bitter and aromatic tastes are perfectly combined to penetrate and dry up mucus in the GI tract, to stimulate digestion, and to expel gas. To this effect it may be combined with other digestive stimulants like ginger to reduce all forms of sluggish digestion, from acid reflux to loss of appetite.
Muscle Tonic for Early Spring Stiffness
The combination of chamomile, honey, & lemon gently stimulate liver cleansing in early spring. Lemon and chamomile liquefy stagnant lymph, reducing not only swelling in lymph nodes, but flush heaviness and stiffness out of the muscles. Your limbs will begin to feel light and agile as Chamomile mild analgesic properties provide further muscle relief. Chamomile ability to dry up excess spring moisture from mucus membranes is all the more magnified by its diuretic nature.
Relaxing for the Mind
Chamomile is known for its ability to soothe an anxious Kapha mind, as the aromatic qualities relax and refresh your nervous system, coaxing your body to sleep. As an antispasmodic, its muscle relaxing properties are useful in headaches due to colicky blood vessels. These soothing qualities of chamomile are easily outdone by the dryness it provokes in Vata constitutions. Its diuretic qualities may wake you up in the middle of the night, needing to visit the bathroom.
Promotes Skin health
Chamomile promotes smooth, healthy skin and relieves irritations thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It’s been used in traditional medicine to treat wounds, ulcers, eczema, gout, skin irritations, bruises, burns and canker sores.
Keeps Gums and Teeth Healthy
Chamomile benefits include the ability to fight various bacterial infections of the oral cavity, teeth and gums. They help reduce pain associated with canker sores, wounds and toothaches and fight harmful bacteria that can live within the mouth.
Chamomile oil is often added to massage oils to relieve pain. Chamomile tea bags are dipped in water, and then placed on the eye to reduce inflammation and swelling.
Taste: Bitter, Pungent, Aromatic
Natural Attributes: Light, Clear
Dosha impact: Pitta –, Kapha -, Vata +
Tissue impact (Vipak): drying
Thermal impact (Virya): Cooling
Digestive impact (Agni): Improve digestion
Moves energy: Outward
Channels (Srotas): Open the channels
Strength (Bala): Clears congestion and obstruction
Mind (Manas): relax the mind
Occasion: spring, summer
Chinese medicine syndromes: Liver Fire, Liver Phlegm Stagnation
- Nourishment (rasa):
- Blood-circulation-liver: Alterative
- Muscles: Antispasmodic
- Nervous system: nervine
- Reproductive and hormonal systems: Emmenagogue
- Immunity: Anti inflammatory
- Vital essence and strength:
- Mental: Sedative
- Skin: Vulnerary, diaphoretic
- Kidney-Bladder: Diuretic
- Respiratory system: Antihistamine
- Digestive system: antispasmodic, carminative, digestive