Chamomile, also known as “Bellis Perennis” or “Common Daisy”, can be roughly translated into “perennially beautiful”. It is a plant belonging to the aster family native to the continents of Europe and Western Asia. Owing to its preferences for growing on moist and nutritious soils, one finds them mainly on lawns and meadows. Although they bloom between May and November, spring is their peak blooming season.
Health Benefits of Chamomile
Bellis Perennis is a well-known herb, known for its many health benefits and use in homeopathic medicine.
As mentioned, these flowers have many healing properties of which probably the best known are the anti-inflammatory and mild astringent properties, found mainly in the form of teas, which are used as an herbal remedy for a common cold, bronchitis and other inflammation of the upper respiratory tract.
Additionally, the herb may be used against loss of appetite as it has a stimulating effect on the digestive system and it has been used as a treatment for many ailments of the digestive tract, such as gastritis, diarrhoea, liver and gall bladder complaints and mild constipation.
Furthermore, the plant is used as a natural medical remedy for painful menstruation, cystitis and other inflammations of the urinary tract in addition to the treatment of atopic dermatitis, gout, and chronic rheumatic conditions.
Daisies not only offer internal but also external health benefits just like lavender. Both herbs speed up the healing process of small wounds, sores, scratches, dermatitis, rash, eczema, bruises, and boils.
Seasonal, local herbal remedy: 3-herb bruise balm
- 1/4 cup chopped, dried Chamomile
- 1/4 cup chopped, dried Elder leaf (growing in woodland, scrub, wasteland and along hedgerows)
- 1/4 cup chopped, dried Comfrey leaf (helps re-knit bones and tissues together)
- 1 cup of Shea butter
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup sunflower (or olive) oil
- 30 grams of beeswax
Let the shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax melt over a basin of hot water. Then combine the wet and the dry ingredients.
Once infused, strain and pour the liquid into tins. Remember to label and date them!
Usage and Storage
Apply the salve liberally as needed on small wounds, sores, scratches, dermatitis, rash, eczema, bruises, and boils. By storing the balm in a cool dark place it should last a year before expiring.