CHAMOMILE

NAME : CHAMOMILE

GAELIC NAME : Athair Talamh :: Fíogadán

LATIN NAME : Anthemis nobilis.

COMMON / FOLK NAMES : Camomyle, Chamaimelon, Ground Apple, Herrmannchen (German), Manzanilla (Spanish), Maythen, Roman Camomile, Whig Plant.

MEDICINAL PART :  Flowers

DESCRIPTION :  This herb is a low
perennial found in dry fields and around gardens and cultivated areas.  The stem is procumbent, the leaves alternate bipinnate, finely dissected and downy to glabrous.

The solitary terminal flowerheads, rising eight to ten inches above the ground consists of prominent yellow disk flowers and silver-white ray flowers.  

FLOWERING TIME:  June and July

PROPERTIES :  Anodyne, Antispasmodic, Aromatic, Bitter tonic, Stimulant stomachic.

USES : 
Chamomile tea is good for flatulent colic, dyspepsia, and for fever and restlessness in children.  

It also makes a good wash for sores and wounds.  Chamomile oil can be taken internally for stomach cramps, spasms and colic.

Chamomile tea is very relaxing and can help insomnia if a small cupful is taken before bedtime.

Preparation :  Use 1 tablespoon of flowers with one cup of boiling water and infuse for five minutes, then drink.

MAGICAL PROPERTIES

GENDER : Masculine.
PLANET : Sun.
ELEMENT : Water.
POWERS : Money, Sleep, Love, Purification.

CELTIC DEITIES:  Midhir   Aengus Óg   Lugh   Aine


RITUAL USES

Call on the powers of Midhir while holding some chamomile leaves to gain prosperity.

Call on the powers of Aengus Óg for love.

Call on  Lugh to gain a good night's sleep.

Call on Aine for purification and protection.


MAGICAL USES

Chamomile can be used in sleep and meditation incenses.  When sprinkled around your home it removes curses and spells cast  against you.

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