Saturday, July 19, 2008

Medicinal Strength Chamomile Infusion

This is basically chamomile tea deluxe. Chamomile is nature's antibacterial herb. It's soothing and reduces irritation and inflammation. We keep a jar in the fridge all the time thanks to the advice of Dr. Song.

Brew up 1 tablespoon of organic chamomile flowers in a cloth bag or tea ball in a 1/2 gallon mason jar full of hot (not boiling) filtered water. The tea should steep for at least 20 minutes to an hour or so. When the mixture looks pretty darn strong, remove the bag and put in the fridge. It should last about 5 days or so. Once it's cold, don't rewarm too much, and DON'T heat it in the microwave!


For eye infections or irritations:
Mix with a few drops of calendula oil, wet the end of a clean cloth with the solution, drip or gently swab into eyes.

For sore, rashy skin:
Bathe in a tub with warm water and 2 cups of the infusion

To use as an antibacterial compress:
Soak a clean cloth in the infusion and press onto broken skin. If the skin is dry and itchy, include evening primrose oil or calendula

For internal inflammation, colds, irritable bowel or other digestive issues, drink a cup. It can also be diluted with filtered water for something like an iced chamomile tea.

For hot days:
Dilute with filtered water to taste, add a bit of lemon and ice to taste.

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