Lavender and Chamomile are very well known herbs. Even in the mainstream of things lavender takes the front page being the best smell on the market, but lavender has much more value than adding a scent to something pretty and fluffy. In its natural state it is known to be fragrant, hardy and beautiful. Its purple petals blow of a scent that you cannot mistake for any other plant. Its floral notes are simple and light and are wonderful when used in the kitchen as well. You can cook with it, bake with it and even drink it a number of ways. I have infused it into seltzer water and made syrups out of it to make lavender and lemon soda. It is a delicious recipe that is perfect for summer days. But, all recipes aside, I want to talk about how lavender can be beneficial for more than just the kitchen.
Headaches, Migraines and Nervousness
Lavender is known to work as a mild anti-depressant and a strong nervine. For those who tend to experience nervousness before bed, or before an important event, try taking a sip of some lavender tea. Better yet, wear a little essential oil on the collar of your outfit as I used to do before teaching my classes. Further beyond its relaxing qualities, lavender can be taken with feverfew herb to help alleviate migraine symptoms!
Chamomile is another one of those gentle herbs that cannot be mistaken. It is very well known in the world of teas as being a sedative and this holds to be very true. All around Chamomile is one of my favorite herbs to use in the house along side lavender because they are very gentle and work wonderfully when treating children. Chamomile’s flowers are generally small and white with little round yellow centers. Just like lavender, they are a wonderful addition to the yard as a year round plant.
Treating Children, Infections and Upset Stomachs
Generally, if I am treating a child with chamomile it is usually due to symptoms of colic or nervousness. It has proven to be quite effective in this way that it helps to calm to child enough to get them to sit down and relax. Other than being a sedative for children and adults, chamomile has shown to be effective in treating stomach disorders (which is why it is often said to be good for colic) it also has been shown to have powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
If you are having a hard time relaxing, reach to chamomile and lavender to make a delicious tea to calm your nerves. Its always comforting sitting next to a warm cup of anything when your trying to relax.
A suggested ratio for tea would be a 1/2 and 1/2 or 1:1 ratio of lavender to chamomile. And drink as much as desired.
If your looking to give your child some chamomile tea, you can let them drink as much as they desire. Children younger then two, you can give them up to a 1/4 cup of chamomile between four hours time.
Live gently, and happy healing ❤