Aromatherapy Spotlight: Chamomile

Chamomile, or Chamaemelum Nobilis, is a well-loved herb. The Egyptians associated it with their sun god, Ra. Christians dedicated it to St. Anne. The ancient Greeks used it to treat fever, and it was known as one of the sacred herbs of the Saxon civilization.

Chamomile is known for its apple-like fragrance and is used in teas, massage oils, compresses and more. It’s effective against fever, menstrual problems, inflamed joints, headache, toothache, earache and a variety of other health problems. Used as a rinse, it can lighten your hair colour.

When used in massage, it’s a relaxing fragrance that promotes a feeling of ease and well-being. It can be very beneficial for insomnia, which is why many sleep-aid teas include chamomile. Warning: chamomile is not safe for use during pregnancy.

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