Chamomile’s Spanish name is manzanilla (meaning little apple) referring to the apple-like scent of the flower.
Several cultures have a ritual of bathing newborn babies for the first time in chamomile water (a dilute tea form of the herb). This tradition is a therapeutic practice that is both medicinal and enchanting for the baby and the bather. Many old world religions performed blessings in flower water.
In medieval times, chamomile was scattered across the floors to revitalize the air indoors.
It was an essential plant in monastery gardens; planted for pleasure and medicinal uses.
Slovakian folk-lore says you should always bow when facing a chamomile plant out of respect of its curing power.
Ancient Egyptians believed chamomile to be a sacred gift of the Sun God (Ra). They used the herb for fevers, heat strokes, and to “cure” malaria. Chamomile was also utilized during the mummifying process of the dead.
Hippocrates, Pliny, Dioscorides, and Galen wrote of the many uses of this herb hundreds of years ago.
The German name for Chamomile is alles zutraut (capable of anything).
Chamomile has received the nickname the “plant’s physician” because of its ability to have positive effects on surrounding plants that are growing nearby. It is also a magnet for bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects.
Chamomile is a gentle medicine, so it is perfect for kids. Parents have given their children chamomile before long car rides to keep them calm; and to help prevent car-sickness.
Chamomile has been used as a natural hair lightener. It is said to have a more gradual effect than lemon juice, and therefore better for brunettes.
In the “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”, Peter’s mom gives him chamomile tea after he finally gets back home (obviously stressed and exhausted) from barely escaping McGregor’s garden alive with a very over-stuffed, upset tummy.
In color floral magic, the dainty white flowers of chamomile are used in spells for purification, protection, peace, and new beginnings.
According to flower folklore, chamomile has power for strength in difficult situations. It has been placed in many charm bags and dream pillows.
In the language of flowers, when you give someone chamomile flowers, it means “I admire your courage” or “may all your wishes come true”.
Burn chamomile incense to attract love or for rest. Several love potions call for chamomile as a main ingredient.
Burning chamomile daily is believed to bring wealth from your work.
Drinking chamomile tea is thought to instill positive energy and bring prophetic dreams.
Grow chamomile in your garden to attract money.
Chamomile pairs well with lemon balm for sleep aid, peppermint for headaches, and rose or mimosa for sadness or grief.
Chamomile flowers can be interchanged with mimosa blossoms in herbal recipes.
The chamomile plant is a nutrient accumulator; it draws specific nutrients (such as potassium, calcium, and phosphorus) from the soil and concentrates them in the plant its self.
During the Civil War, chamomile was a medicinal herb used for treating soldiers for upset stomachs, diarrhea, gout, fevers, and flu symptoms.
On the Santa Fe Trail (1821-1880), chamomile was used as a carminative in flatulent colic, to treat headaches, and to treat mild fevers.
Dyer’s chamomile (Anthemis tinctoria) can be used as a natural dye. The flowers produce yellow and gold colors; while the leaves and stalks produce light green to gray green dyes.
For a healing “amulet” –add chamomile, a peeled garlic clove, eucalyptus, cinnamon, sage, and a pinch of saffron together; then place the herbs in a blue cloth or bag and sprinkle with sandalwood oil.
Referring to “herbs of the elements”, chamomile is of water. Water herbs have the power of love, all types of relationships, negotiations, beauty, recuperation, meditation, healing, ancestors, and home/family.
Chamomile’s basic powers are prosperity and meditation, according to “herbal magic”.
Chamaimelon is chamomile’s folk name.
The bright and brave nature of chamomile has been used to combat curses and spells.
In Victorian Floral Vocabulary (1845) it represented energy in adversity
The Sun is the planetary correspondence of chamomile according to the magic community.