Chamomile is one of my favorite botanicals! Calming and relaxing, it’s a natural fit for both children and parents. While it is commonly used for sleep and nervousness, it’s also an excellent anti-inflammatory. It’s a skin soother for rashes and irritation as well.
Simple and easy! Either tea bags or loose chamomile flowers will work. Traditional Medicinals and Yogi both make an organic chamomile tea. A cup before bed can help lull you to sleep, or you can use as needed if you tend to be anxious.
A glycerite is similar to a tincture, but made with glycerin rather than alcohol. Glycerites are great for children as they contain no sugar or alcohol but are naturally sweet. This can be used for infants with teething discomfort or fussiness, or for children that need a little extra help with calming.
50 grams German chamomile flowers
280 milliliters vegetable glycerin
120 milliliters distilled water
Grind chamomile in a coffee grinder, then place in a large wide mouth glass jar. Cover with glycerin and water. Replace the lid. Shake daily for 2-4 weeks. Then gently heat the jar on the stove in a water bath. Then strain with muslin or cheesecloth, wringing out to get as much of the contents as possible. Store in a dark amber bottle.
Dosing: 1 drop per 2-3 lbs of bodyweight, 3-4 times per day as needed.
Recipe by Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, who I was so fortunate to train with during my fellowship.
Chamomile Essential Oil
Essential oils are highly concentrated, volatile aromatic compounds made from plants. Chamomile essential oil can be diluted in coconut, almond, jojoba or other carrier oil and used topically. It blends well with lavender, and would make for a peaceful night of sleep in a diffuser. This would be also be great topically for soothing the skin. More about essential oils.