How to Use Chamomile to Reduce Stress and Enhance Beauty

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Chamomile is well-known as a calming herb, but it has many other qualities that are often overlooked.

Chamomile is rich in a volatile oil known as azulene. Azulene has anti-inflammatory properties and can be helpful in treating aches, pains, and headaches.

Often used to aid sleep, chamomile is famous for it’s ability to promote relaxation. It also helps reduce stress, nervous tension, and soothe digestive complaints.

Chamomile has an apple-like fragrance and is positively delicious!

Uses for Chamomile

Below are a number of uses for chamomile that are easy to create and implement. I’m certain there are many more. These are a good place to start (a number of the following suggestions make great gifts, too!).

Tea

My favorite way to use chamomile is in a tea. Chamomile tea bags are readily available, but it’s also quite easy to add a teaspoon of dried chamomile flowers to a tea infuser and steep for a few minutes.

Chamomile is a great tea all on it’s own, but it mixes well with other herbs too (such as in this Chamomile-Lemon Balm Tea).

Chamomile Eye Treatments

Steep two chamomile tea bags in hot water for 2 or 3 minutes. Remove tea bags from water and let cool for a few minutes (they should be somewhat warm, but not hot. If they are completely cold, that is ok too).

Place one tea bag over each closed eye and rest for 15 minutes.

Helps soothe puffiness and reduce stress.

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Chamomile Bath Tea

A chamomile bath tea is extremely relaxing and can be made a number of ways:

1. Brew an extra strong chamomile tea, strain out the flowers, and pour directly into the bath.

2. Place chamomile flowers in a muslin tea bag and hang from the faucet while the bath fills with water (so the water runs through the bag). After the bath is full, remove the bag from the faucet and let float in the bath tub.

Use chamomile flowers alone, or mix with salt or other herbs, such as in these Rose and Chamomile Bath Bags.

3. Add chamomile essential oil to bath salts and pour into the bath tub (store the essential oils into coconut oil before adding tot he salts –  see instructions here: Chamomile-Lavender Bath Salts (you can leave out the lavender, if desired).

Chamomile Tincture

Chamomile tinctures are often used to treat fussing children, but are suitable for stressed-out adults as well. I like to make one with glycerin, so it can be taken by children. See:  How to Make Tinctures with Glycerin

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Chamomile Bath Vinegar

Bath vinegars utilizes a simple infusing process and make luxurious bath treatments. They are also great for gifts, since they are so unique! (When’s the last time you received a bath vinegar as a gift?).

Find the simple instructions here: Chamomile and Bay Leaf Bath Vinegar

Beautifying Floral Facial Steam

Use in a Facial Steam

Chamomile is a great addition to a facial steam. It’s fragrance is calming and it’s steam is anti-inflammatory and soothing to the skin. It can be used alone, just sprinkle some in a bowl and pour hot water over it. Or, include with other herbs and flowers, as I did in this Floral Facial Steam (with lavender, rose and chamomile).

Chamomile Face Mask

Chamomile powder can be added to clay to create a soothing facial mask. Or, mix white clay with chamomile hydrosol or chamomile tea to make a simple mask. See further details here: Two-Part Face Mask

Note: Chamomile could be problematic for anyone allergic to the ragweed family. 

Where to Buy

Chamomile is fairly easy to find. It’s available as a tea at most grocery stores and can sometimes be purchased in bulk at health food stores.

It can also be ordered online from one of the following three places (I’m sure it’s available other places, but this is where I have purchased int he past):

The Bulk Herb Store

Amazon.com

Mountain Rose Herbs

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Things to Make with Dried Roses

11 things to make with dried rose petals

For some unknown reason, I wanted to try making things with dried roses. Something about them seems so beautiful and luxurious. Plus, I love the way dried roses look. Rustic style is always my favorite.

When I finally took the plunge and ordered some dried roses, I ordered a large amount. Since then, I’ve been making all kinds of fun stuff with dried roses. Today I’m going to share some of them with you.

I purchased my dried roses from Mountain Rose Herbs. They are also available at the Bulk Herb Store and even on Amazon.

You could dry your own roses, if you like. Just be sure they have not been sprayed with any type of insecticide or chemical.

Here are 11 things you can make with dried roses:

Rose Water

Rose Water is easy to make and can be used as a facial toner, and to freshen sheets, or clothing. Find out how to make it here.

Rose oil

Infuse oil with dried roses by filling a jar 2/3 full with dried roses and pouring olive oil over the top covering the roses with about 1 inch of extra oil. Close tightly with lid and leave to infuse for 2 to 3 week. Strain out the herbs and pour rose-infused oil into a clean jar.

Use as a lotion, as part of a body wash, as the base of a salve, or in homemade soap.

Rose Petal Ice Cubes

Rose petal ice cubes

Rose petal ice cubes are made by filling ice cube trays 3/4 full with water, then freezing.  Placing one fresh rose petal over the cube and pour an extra teaspoon of water on top.  See specific instructions here.

Potpourri

Rose petals are frequently featured in potpourri, and for good reason, they keep their color and scent a long time.

This Lavender-Rose potpourri looks wonderful.

Rose Bath Tea

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Roses are a great addition to bath tea. The create a lovely scent that is luxurious and relaxing. I like to combine them with chamomile to make Rose and Chamomile Bath Tea Bags.

Rose and Clay Face Mask

Mix 2 teaspoons white clay with 1 teaspoon dried roses, ground or powdered. Add enough water to form a paste. Spread over the face, avoiding the eyes. Leave on for 15 minutes before removing with warm water and a wash cloth.

Find more DIY, all-natural face mask recipes in my eBook: DIY Face Masks and Scrubs

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Facial Steam

Roses add a pampered feeling to any facial steam. Sprinkle some in hot water before doing a facial steam, or mix with other herbs, such as in this Rose, Chamomile, and Lavender Facial Steam.

Rose Sachets for Drawers

Fill muslin bags with dried roses and place in drawers to add a fresh scent.

Use in Body Wash

I created a simple Rose and Lemon Body Wash, but roses could be combined with other scents to make everyday bathing a little more special.

Rose Sleep pillow

Sleep pillows are often made with chamomile or lavender, but roses can be added to the mix too. They provide a nice floral fragrance.

Use Roses to Flavor Kombucha

Dried roses are a great addition to kombucha. To flavor kombucha, rose petals should be added to the second ferment. Add 1 tablespoon of dried rose petals to about 3-4 cups of kombucha (after it’s first ferment). Once the second ferment is complete, strain out the roses.

More to make. . .

I recently discovered this wonderful book: Things to Do with Roses by Jan Berry of the Nerdy Farm Wife.

So now I have even more ideas for making things with roses!

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Order dried roses from the Bulk Herb Store or Mountain Rose Herbs.

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