Thursday, August 7, 2014

Herbarium: Chamomile

 
Folk Names: Camomyle, Chamaimelon, Ground Apple, Heermannchen
Gender: Masculine
Planet: Sun
Element: Water
Powers: Love, Money, Purification, Sleep
Magical Uses and History: There are two types of Chamomile: German and Roman. Both are essentially equal in their uses, both magically and medicinally. Both are used to attract money. A hand wash made from an infusion is sometimes used by gamblers to ensure winnings.

It can also be burned to promote sleep and meditation or added to a bath to attract love. Due to its sunny nature, it is also often used to combat curses and provide protection. To remove curses and spells cast against you sprinkle it around your property.

Chamomile can be used in a number of spells including:
         Love Spells
         Money Spells
         Prosperity Spells
         Induce Sleep and Mediation
         Dream Magic
         Protection Magic
         Curse Removal

Medicinal Uses:
  Chamomile is renowned for its medical uses and can be used to treat an endless list of conditions. It works as a relaxer, making it great to treat anxiety and insomnia. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it works well to treat gastritis as well as inflammations in the mouth and eyes. Externally it can reduce swelling.

Preparation and Dosage:  Only the flowers of Chamomile are used and they should be collected between May and August while dry. Dry them at a very low temperature. Internally- To make an infusion pour a cup of boiling water onto 2 teaspoons of dried Chamomile and let infuse for 5-10 minutes. To treat digestive problems, drink after meals. A stronger infusion should be used as a mouthwash. To make a steam bath boil half a cup of flowers in 4 pints (2 liters) of water and inhale the steam. You can also take 2-4 milliliters of tincture three times a day. Externally- To make a salve, melt 1 cup of coconut oil in a pot. Add 2 handfuls of Chamomile flowers. Mixture should foam. Remove from heat, cover, and let cure overnight. The following morning, reheat (do not boil) and transfer to glass jars.  






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