Hello. Jillian Andrews here. If you have read Clyde’s book about Crystal Haven, you know about my son, Tom. He’s a very good police officer. But he’s even better at mixing herbs and potions. The only one of my children with any talent for herbal remedies at all. Rose Fortune and I have complained to each other many times over the years about our children and their stubborn loyalty to police work when it is obvious to their mothers where their true talents lie.
Harriet Munson warned me not to get too personal on the blog so I won’t say anymore about that. Right now.
After Pall in the Family was released, and Harriet was involved in something called a blog tour, I became quite busy mixing up elixirs to calm nerves. She drank gallons of the stuff. It seemed the whole town was having trouble sleeping, or feeling as if they had excess energy. It may be that they were sensing the attention that Crystal Haven was receiving. Or it may be that they were nervous about our town being on display. Either way, I used a lot of chamomile that week.
Chamomile has been used for thousands of years to calm anxiety, help induce sleep, and to treat stomach ailments. Its mild taste makes it ideal for children with tummy aches. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and can be used as a poultice on bug bites, eczema, or hives.
Since I use so much of it in my herbal remedy business, I grow my own to avoid any pesticides or chemicals that can sometimes contaminate wild chamomile. Recently I did have to resort to purchasing some from my herbal supplier. Chamomile looks like a daisy – with a bright yellow center and white petals. After drying, it can be steeped and consumed as a tea. I also like to soak a cloth in the tea and use it as a compress.
Some people are allergic to chamomile. Harriet asked me to remind everyone to check with their own health care provider before experimenting with any herbs.
I’ll return in a few weeks with another herbal remedy!
Have you ever used chamomile?