Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Sometimes the old fashioned cures are the best

Instead of antibiotics, for the little monkey's eye, I tried the old school cure of chamomile tea.

I was talking to a girl friend this morning, and she was telling me that her husband offered her some Chamomile Tea to drink. Her response - "But I'm not sick". Russians (and many others) use Chamomile as a medicinal herb, not really for drinking tea.

According to

What Chamomile Can Do For You
by Diane Kennedy Snyder

Chamomile with its rich apple scent is one of the most popular herbal teas in the world. Most people think of chamomile as tea. Chamomile is much more.
There are several types of chamomile. German Chamomile/ Matricaria recutita is a tall annual, which grows wild. Roman Chamomile/ Chamaemelum nobile is a low-growing perennial. Another type of chamomile is Moroccan Chamomile, often called the poor cousin.
Chamomile was worshiped by ancient Egyptians, prescribed by many a Greek doctor and is well known as one of the sacred herbs of the ancient manuscript, Lacnunga. Chamomile comes from the Greek word meaning ground apple.
Chamomile has many different applications: sedative, relaxant, depression aid, stress reliever, soothes teething and colic, calms the digestive system, settles nervous indigestion, gastritis, relieves headaches, menstruation, disorders of the kidney, liver and the bladder, hay fever, insomnia, hiccups, stomach cramps, vomiting, appetite loss, spastic pain, arthritis, is an anti-inflammatory agent, inhalant for asthma treatment; lightens, cleans, and conditions hair, used as a rinse for dandruff; skin cleanser; relieves eczema, helps ease itching, acne, burns, infected wounds, ulcers, and facial neuralgia, diarrhea aid, and is an
insect repellent.

The swelling in the eye has gone SIGNIFICANTLY down. Hopefully it will go away tomorrow.

Thanks everyone for your suggestions!


April said...

Wow, good to know, thanks!
Forgive me if this is a stupid question, but did she drink the tea or apply it topically?

Kelly @ Wisdom Begun said...


I love chamomile tea. It does so much good for all kinds of ailments. Really helps with upset tummy as well.

Lucy said...

Glad she is getting better and you are using something you feel more comfortable with. It is a win-win situation!!!

I am Harriet said...

I've heard that about chamomile. Good info.

Julia@SometimesLucid said...

April - You soak a cotton ball in it, squeeze most of the liquid out and then apply it the eye. I guess I didn't make it very clear.

Kelly, Harriet - Chamomile tea appears to be a pretty amazing cure all!

Lucy - Her eye is about 95% better at this point. Glad I listened to my gut.