Can you remember, as a child, catching a whiff from a cup of hot steamy chamomile tea? Our mothers always knew what would help a sore throat or runny nose.

Chamomile is truly versatile. It performs miracles on skin and hair, but its benefits go far beyond the area of beauty care. Whether used internally or externally: you can use chamomile to treat a multitude of complaints and illnesses.

As a tea, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial chamomile can be used to treat colds, sore throats and swallowing difficulties (and a variety of other complaints which will be mentioned in the following). It is best to make a large pot full and have it standing by the bed or on your desk to sip on regularly. If you keep your throat well moistened then bacteria can’t survive and the throat ache will soon go. If you like it sweeter then add a little honey or agave syrup to the tea.

In the evening before going to bed you can help treat colds with a steam bath. Take dried chamomile flowers (available as tea in the supermarket or loose from health food shops or the pharmacy), put them in a bowl and pour over with hot water. Hold your head over the bowl, lay a damp cloth over your head and shoulders and breathe in the steam deeply for five to ten minutes. This is especially effective for severe head colds such as frontal sinusitis, a blocked nose or angina. Chamomile steam can ease the pain and help the body heal faster.

If you suffer from acne or just the occasional skin blemish: treat yourself to a series of steam baths every evening for a few days. Don’t forget to remove your make-up first! The warm steam opens the pores allowing anti-inflammatory chamomile to soothe blemished skin and inflamed blemishes. You will see that your spots are far fewer and on the family photos at your baby’s baptism you’ll be beaming with a perfect skin.

Whoever wants to make their own healing tincture from concentrated chamomile need look no further. Here we’ll show you a simple recipe for a chamomile tincture. This can be used externally on itchy mosquito bites (a true blessing in summer), or diluted in a bath, or to treat eczema or other skin disorders. You can even add a few drops to your favorite face cream.

And the tincture helps internally as well – although this is recommended only for adults. The diluted tincture can be used to treat inflammations in the mouth or to gargle if you have a cold. Even toothache can be relieved if you regularly rinse with a glass of warm water with a few drops of chamomile extract. And all that is almost free and using a natural, home-made remedy. Isn’t that great?

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Recipe:

  1. Half fill a glass jar with a screw top with herbs. Pour over corn schnapps (grain brandy with an alcohol content of at least 38% vol).
  2. Pour the corn schnapps over the herbs until they are well covered and close the jar.
  3. Leave the tincture to mature in a warm place for two to six weeks. The tincture will gradually assume more color. 
  4. Now you have to filter: place a coffee filter over a second jar and pour the tincture through the coffee filter. It will drip slowly into the jar.
  5. Fill the tincture into a dark bottle and close well. 
  6. Label the bottle with the content and date. Kept in a cool place the tincture will last at least one year.

Unless your doctor, homeopath or pharmacist say otherwise, you can take 15 drops of this tincture two or three times daily.

And if all these positive effects aren’t enough, here are more ways to use chamomile as a remedy: it even helps with detoxing! This was known hundreds of years ago before the English term was even coined. Already then chamomile was known for its purifying effects. Chamomile has diuretic properties so helps cleanse the blood and rid the body of impurities. Chamomile can therefore ease rheumatic illnesses and gout.

It is also extremely helpful for gastrointestinal complaints. Chamomile tea soothes stomach aches in children and adults alike. If you have a sensitive stomach, sipping on a cup of chamomile tea will soon ease the discomfort. Chamomile also helps with diarrhea, constipation and flatulence. It eases pain, is anti-bacterial and relaxing.

Using chamomile in a hip bath once or twice a week can help with weak periods, vaginal inflammation (thrush), menstrual cramps and abdominal inflammation. You can use the tincture described above diluted in water.

One important thing to mention: chamomile should never be allowed to get in the eyes! The fine hairs of the chamomile flower irritate the eye too much. That is why it should never be used for inflammations of the eye.

One herb and so many positive properties! That is why it isn’t surprising that we at RAUSCH use chamomile for natural beauty care. Chamomile’s beneficial properties cleanse the scalp and hair especially gently and in body care products they are relaxing and soothing. Here you can link to our products using chamomile .