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Chamomile: Remedies & Dosage

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Chamomile: Remedies & Dosage
By Ifayomi Fasola • Issue #6 • View online
Because this herb is relatively safe, it can be taken by different age groups. However, if you have ragweed allergies, you’d want to avoid Chamomile, and these herbs as well: (feverfew, Roman chamomile, calendula, yarrow, boneset, and echinacea flowers)
It’s an excellent herb for children due to its safety, efficacy, and pleasant taste. It’s been mixed fifty/fifty with apple juice for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The tea can also be effective for growing pains, fevers with restlessness and irritability, teething pain, and nightmares. It can help prevent or relieve colic in infants when it is taken by the mother because the gas-relieving essential oils pass into her breast milk.
Infusions/Diffusion (tea):
Infusions are made from the more delicate parts of the plant, including the leaves, flowers, and aromatic parts. These fragile plant parts must be steeped, rather than simmered, because they give up their medicinal properties more easily than do the tougher roots and barks. 
To make an infusion, simply boil 1 quart of water per ounce of herb (or 1 cup of water to 1 tablespoon of herb). Pour water over the herb(s) and let steep for 30 to 60 minutes. The proportion of water to herb and the required time to infuse varies greatly, depending on the herb. Start out with the above proportions and then experiment. The more herb you use and the longer you let it steep, the stronger the brew. Let your taste buds and your senses guide you. 
Decoctions are made from the more tenacious parts of the plant, such as the roots, bark, and seeds. It’s a little harder to extract the constituents from these parts, so a slow simmer (or an overnight infusion) is often required.
To make a decoction, place the herbs in a small saucepan and cover with cold water. Heat slowly and simmer, covered, for 20 to 45 minutes. The longer you simmer the herbs, the stronger the tea will be.
You can even soak your mixtures in sun or moonlight. 
To make solar tea, place the herbs and the water in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Set it directly in the hot sunlight for several hours. 
To make lunar tea, place the herbs and the water in an open container (unless there are lots of night-flying bugs around!) and position it directly in the path of the moonlight. Lunar tea is subtle and magical; it is whispered that fairies love to drink it. 
If you wish to have a particularly potent tea, prepare it first as an infusion or a decoction as directed above, then allow the sun or the moon to work its magic.
  • Tea #1
Add 1–2 tsp. dried flowers to 8 oz. hot water. Steep 30–40 minutes.      Take up to three cups per day.
  • Tea #2: 
4 parts chamomile blossoms 3 parts rose hips 2 parts lemon balm 1 part borage flowers and leaves, if available       Combine the herbs; prepare as an infusion. Drink as much and
      as often as needed.
  • Tonic:
Drink this general rejuvenator for the nervous system daily for 2 to 3 months. Feel the stress just slip away. 3 parts lemon balm 1 part chamomile 1 part oats 1⁄2 part chrysanthemum flowers 1⁄2 part rose petals 1⁄4 part lavender flowers Stevia to taste (optional)           Combine the herbs. Prepare as an infusion, following the
         instructions listed above. Drink 1 cup three or four times daily.
  • Herbal Pops
Frozen pops of chamomile tea are excellent for teething children to suck on. The cold helps numb the gums and relieves the pain, while the herbs are calming. You can mix the tea with apple juice before freezing if that will help encourage your child to enjoy it.
Feel free to respond with questions if you have them!

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