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In 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.

To 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 well-being.

Chamomile is Ruled by the Sun

Chamomile 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.

Chamomile 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.

Uses of Chamomile

When 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.

Chamomile for Gastrointestinal Conditions

Chamomile 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.

Chamomile for Skin and Mouth Conditions

Chamomile’s 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.

Chamomile and Children

Chamomile’s 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.

Chamomile 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 children.

How to Use Chamomile

While 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.

It 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.

Editor’s 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.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Stephanie Gailing, MS, CN, is a Certified Nutritionist, astrologer and freelance natural health writer. She holds her Masters Degree in Nutrition from Bastyr University, where she currently serves as adjunct faculty. Stephanie has been involved in the natural products industry for more than ten years, with experiences ranging from operating her own natural products retail store to serving as a marketing consultant for dietary supplement companies.

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