Sunday, December 28, 2008
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Chillin' Out with Chamomile (Matricaria Recutita)

by Michele Cameron Drew

Folk Names: Camomyle, Chamaimelon, Ground Apple, Heermannchen (German), Manzanilla (Spanish), Maythen, Whig Plant
Gender: Masculine
Planet: Sun
Element: Water
Powers: Money, Sleep, Love, and Purification

Chamomile grows wild and we often mow right over it, without realizing what it is or its great benefits. Here is a whole new way to look at this wild flower. This aromatic, slightly bitter tasting herb is often found in the tea section of your local grocery store, but this herb has many medicinal uses that are not yet well known. Chamomile is grown in Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Argentina, Egypt, and the United States. It is most favored in Slovakia. Folk sayings indicate that individuals should bow when facing this herb to show respect for the hundreds of years of healing it has provided in the folk medicine of the country. One little known fact is that Chamomile is an official drug (recognized by government authority) in the pharmacopoeias of twenty-six countries.

Chamomile is used to attract money, and it is said that handwashing of the infusion is something gamblers do to ensure winnings. The infusion added to a bath is said to attract love and when sprinkled around a property, it removes curses and spells cast against you.


BC Doan said...

I love chamomile tea!

Happy Holiday, and best wishes for the New Year, Michele..

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