Calming Chamomile

Calming Chamomile

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My Dad (aka the amazing Don Burt) truly loves his garden. Having a plethora of seasonal vegetables, fruits, hops and herbs right at his fingertips could not make the man any happier. This beautiful yard has become a way for our family to decompress and get deep into nature, all while discovering alternative and chemical-free ways to naturally feed the mind, body and soul. One of the many interesting and useful plants growing in our backyard during the summer months is chamomile. 

With all of this chamomile, evening teatime was (and still is) a nice little ritual in my parents home. I always felt so cozy and mellow after drinking a cup of warm chamomile tea, but it wasn't until I started to explore the effects of various natural remedies, that I started to understand how useful this herb is in soothing the body both inside and out. Here are some reasons to kick back and take a sip:

~ Due to its anti-spasmodic properties, chamomile relaxes muscles, the brain and nervous system. In return, chamomile aids in relieving insomnia and anxiety, reduces menstrual cramps and eases sore muscles.  
~ Another benefit is reduction of inflammation, which is the cause of many gastrointestinal disorders (like heartburn and IBS) and arthritis. You can also use the oil of chamomile on hemorrhoids for instant relief...just sayin'. 
~ Being the anti-bacterial agent that it is, chamomile can be used to quickly clear up rashes and scrapes on the skin. It is also great for combating a cold. 
~ For your beauty needs, chamomile also comes in oils and creams! If you are trying to de-puff after a night of drinking or an over-abundance of salty foods, use chamomile (you can even just wash your face with chamomile tea) and the swelling will go down. You can also use it on sunburns and acne! If you are a blondie (like me) and want to brighten up your locks, rinse your hair with chamomile tea to get a subtle, instant boost of all-natural highlights. 


Chamomile is a useful herb to have around. Whether you live in a city, or have a country yard, chamomile is easy to grow (it loves the sun so find a bright space). To keep it contained (it can spread rather quickly), Don started with chamomile seeds in potted planters out on the back deck:

As the plant grows, it develops buds that burst into beautiful daisy-like flowers (which also smell just lovely). That flower is then immediately trimmed off and can be used as tea. If you are drinking it right away, you just rinse the flowers, pour hot water over them, let steep for a few minutes...and enjoy. If you want to pro-long the life of your herb, pop the chamomile flower into a dehydrator to remove the moisture and add it to a sealed container to create your very own line of tea to enjoy over time (also makes for a great gift).

I get VERY excited when I receive a care package from Massachussetts delivered to my Los Angeles doorstep containing some Burt Chamomile Tea. Sip, breathe slow and deep...and have sweet (stress-free) dreams!

*Chamomile has been known to cause uterine contractions, so it is not recommend that women who are pregnant or nursing consume the plant.

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