Chamomile is a basic herbal ingredient in hair dyes to highlight blonde or fair hair. Chamomile is essentially known in hair products as a brightening agent. It is sometimes used in “dark hair” treatments to create “highlighted streaks” to dark hair. Learn more
Chamomile essential oil can be used to aid digestion and help with stomach upsets (particularly a nervous tummy). However it is perhaps best known for its ability to relieve period pain (both the essential oil and chamomile tea are effective), also relieves an earache and toothache. Like Lavender, chamomile brings emotional balance, dispelling anxiety.
The word chamaemelum is from the Greek word for “ground-apples”, as the plant grows low and has an apple fragrance.
There are two plants called Chamomile (Chamomile may be spelled with or without the ‘h”): German Chamomile and Roman Chamomile. However they are not botanically related but yet still they have similar effects upon the body.
German Chamomile, also known as blue chamomile, is an erect herb that was once believed to be the “garden’s physician” for it would cure sick or dying plants when grown next to each other-also known as companion plants! The blossoms are used to make tea and is also used to flavor a Spanish sherry wine called manzanilla, the Spanish term for chamomile. This form is also used medicinally as a dye plant, insect repellent and in potpourri. The German variety is more commonly used in the United States.
Roman Chamomile is best for general use, particularly for hay fever. Blue Chamomile (German) has a stronger anti-viral action.
Mind and Spirit: Chamomile calms irritability, anger, anxiety and depression. It is the principal oil used to treat children’s aliments.For Adults, chamomile acts like a good parent comforting the child within and alleviating the anger that arises for feeling unsupported.
The plant was one of the nine sacred herbs given to the Anglo-Saxons by their god, Woden. The ancient Egyptians worshiped it for its healing properties and they dedicated it to the sun god, Ra. Chamomile is also associated with protection and bringing success in all endeavors.
Main Actions: IBS, indigestion, insomnia, period pain, hay fever, earache, nausea
Secondary Actions: Stomach upsets, neuralgia, sprains, gastro-intestinal ulcers, migraine, tension headache, toothache, PMS, eczema, boils, and insect bits. Used as a hair rinse it will also highlight and lighten hair.
Botanical Name: Chamaemelum nobile
Odor Intensity: Extremely High
Anger and agitation
Cramps, intestinal and menstrual
Dyspepsia, indigestion, flatulence
Eczema and psoriasis
Muscular aches, pains, tension
Sedative (especially for children)
Aroma: warm, round, earthy, sweet, with a hint of green apple
Parts Used: Flowers
Essential Oils Properties: Analgesic, anti-anemic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, calmative, emmenagogue, hepatic, sedative, stomachic, vulnerary, vermifuge.
Emotional Concerns: Chamomile is good for all states of agitation and anger, including nervous irritability, impatience and oversensitivity. Chamomile dispels tension and fear. It is useful for people who tend to think, worry or work too much.
Chamomile Side Effects: There are reports of rare allergic reactions in people who have eaten or come into contact with chamomile products. Reactions include skin rashes, throat swelling, shortness of breath, and anaphylaxis (a life-threatening allergic reaction)
People are more likely to experience allergic reactions to chamomile if they are allergic to related plants in the daisy family, which includes ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds and daisies.
The Roman Chamomile herb has been used in European medicine for over 2,000 years. In herbal medicine, chamomile is used for nervous tension, upset stomach, and children’s ailments.
Camomile Benefits: Roman chamomile essential oil is one of the best calming, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic essential oils. It is a good disinfectant for the urinary tract, and it soothes renal inflammation. Chamomile is also good for any skin irritation—rashes, acne, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis and itching. It is excellent for soothing burns and reducing scarring and for soothing sore nipples.
Chamomile has a gentle, lightening effect on hair and is good for sun-streaking blond and light brown hair. However, it takes several applications and a good deal of time to produce the desired effect. The advantage of chamomile over chemical bleach is that it never gives a brassy or yellow tone. Best for blond hair, it will also gently lighten red.
Chamomile Hair Lightening Rinse: Herbs are now being used more and more in commercial preparations such as shampoos, bath additives and soaps. Camomile, a herb akin to the daisy, works in much the same way as cold tea. Boil the herb for a few minutes in a little water. strain and use as a final rinse after shampooing. It is best for blond or light hair.
|Chamomile Brightener for Blonde Hair|
|6 organic chamomile tea bags
1/2 cup plain yogurt
5 or more drops of lavender oil
|Bring one cup of water to boil and steep tea bags for 15 minutes. Compost teabags. Combine yogurt and 7 drops of lavender oil with chamomile tea. Mix thoroughly. Apply the mixture to dry hair, working through to ends. Cover head in plastic wrap and condition for 30 minutes. Shampoo hair.|
Highlights have a lighting and brightening effect on your hair color, while lowlights can give a darker and deeper look to your hair. This method hides 10-90% of the gray hair.
For better vibrant and dynamic results, a hairdo with both highlights and lowlights is preferable. Hues like blonde, gold, etc. are available as highlights, and for lowlights, red, plums, etc. are the options.
|Blond Hair Dye Recipe|
|1 cup lemon juice
3 cups chamomile tea (brewed & cooled)
|Mix ingredients, pour over damp hair then let sit for an hour while you sit in the sun, wash out. Follow with a good conditioner.
NOTE: This process must be repeated daily for a few weeks before you notice any changes.
Chamomile’s Other Attribute Remedies:
Chamomile Teething Relief:
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 drop Roman Chamomile
Mix essential oil and olive oil in an amber glass bottle with a dropper. Rub a small amount into affected gums.
Combine in glass cruet . Massage into tense muscles.
Kali S. Winters