The chamomile is an ancient healing herb, and is still used for digestive and stress-related disorders. When crushed, it's leaves have a sweet apple smell. The chamomile plant requires full sun and well-drained soil. It makes a fragrant lawn and should be planted 4 to 6 inches apart. It benefits all nearby herbs and plants, particularly cabbages, onions and nasturtiums. German chamomile is an annual with unscented foliage. It's flowers have a strong honey scent and it has coarser leaves than the english chamomile.
Used chamomile teabags can be place on the eyelids to reduce the dark shadows caused by fatigue.
Enjoy a relaxing herbal bath that eases tensions away. Run a warm bath and place a muslin bag of fresh or dried chamomile under the faucet.
Use 1 1/2 oz. of fresh herbs or 1 oz. of dried herbs.
Alternately add one potful of strong infusion of chamomile - about 1 1/4 pt. to a bath. Or several drops of the essential oil to the water. Soak in the warm bath for 15 - 20 minutes, allowing the sweet scent of the herb to banish tensions and irritations through its relaxing and soothing qualities.