DIY Homemade Chamomile Solutions
Chamomile steeped in hot water makes a soothing tea and a great tonic for cosmetic uses. It reduces skin inflammation, fights breakouts, and is an effective hair lightener. Chamomile is, in fact, one of the most commonly-used herbal supplements in the production of commercial soaps, shampoos, and conditioners.
Make your own chamomile products at home with these recipes:
Chamomile tea is famous for its ability to calm nerves, banish stomach pains, and aid in sleep. Do you remember how Mrs. Rabbit sent Peter off to bed with a dose of chamomile tea after his run-in with Mr. McGregor? It was just what he needed after a particularly harrowing ordeal.
This comforting drink has a sedative effect when served hot and a refreshing effect when served cold. Combine it with other herbal teas and flowers for a unique tea blend or add it to a fruity summer punch. Chamomile tea is best made with flowers straight from the garden. This way, you’ll be certain that the flowers you’re putting in your cup don’t have traces of insecticide and other harmful chemicals.
What you will need:
- Freshly-picked OR dried chamomile blossoms (2-3 teaspoons to a cup of water)
- Tea pot
- Tea ball or strainer
- Honey, stevia, or any other sweetener (optional)
- Lemon (optional)
Instructions for making your chamomile tea:
- Put the chamomile flowers into a pot.
- Boil the water and pour it in with the chamomile.
- Let the tea infuse for 3 minutes.
- Pour the tea through a strainer into cups. Alternatively, place the chamomile blossoms in a tea ball and submerge the ball into hot water.
- Add honey and/or lemon to your liking.
The safety of consuming herbal teas during pregnancy is still a hot topic of debate.
According to some, chamomile tea in excessive amounts can act as an abortion drug. If you are pregnant or suspect that you are pregnant, play it safe and don’t drink chamomile tea. Because chamomile is a relative of the ragweed, those who are allergic to ragweed should also refrain from drinking chamomile tea.
Chamomile Lightening Hair Rinse
Attention, blondes! If your hair has gone dull because of winter or if you simply want to lighten and brighten your locks, try this all-natural and oh-so-easy-to-make hair lightening treatment. It works almost the same way as lemon juice, but it smells better and leaves your hair softer and thicker too! This natural chamomile hair rinse works better than commercial chamomile hair lighteners, and are safer and cheaper.
Why pay for it at the drugstore when you can make some at home?
What you will need:
- A tablespoon or two of freshly-picked or dried chamomile blossoms
- A cup of water
- A few drops of lavender oil
- Cup or bowl
Instructions for making and using your chamomile lightening hair rinse:
- Bring the water to a boil in a pot.
- Add the chamomile blossoms to the water.
- Lower the heat to a simmer.
- Let the infusion simmer for at least 15 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and let the infusion cool down.
- Strain it into a cup or bowl.
- Add a few drops of lavender oil.
- Mix well.
- To use your chamomile lightening hair rinse, shampoo and condition your hair as you usually do.
- Rinse with warm water and squeeze off excess water.
- Stand over the tub or sink and pour the chamomile rinse all over your hair, making sure that every strand is coated.
- Repeat the process until you’ve used up all the hair rinse.
- Wrap your saturated hair with a towel for 10 minutes.
- Let your hair dry naturally. If possible, allow it to dry in the sun to really make your highlights bright and golden.
If you don’t have fresh or dried chamomile blooms, you can use 3 to 4 organic chamomile tea bags to make this hair rinse.
You can also get the lightening effect of chamomile from chamomile shampoo.
Make your own chamomile shampoo and use it to make your highlights stand out, your scalp healthier, and your hair smell terrific. This chamomile shampoo recipe is a great way to use old chamomile blossoms from last season. Use a bar of pure soap for the soap flakes and get glycerin from the pharmacy. Keep the shampoo in your fridge to make it last longer. Take out just the amount you need every time you shower.
What you will need:
- ½ cup of dried chamomile blossoms
- 2 ½ cups of soap flakes
- 2 ½ cups of boiling water
- 2 tablespoons of glycerin
- Sieve or strainer
- Heat-proof bowls
- A wooden spoon
- A clean glass jar with a lid
Instructions for making your chamomile shampoo:
- Put the dried chamomile blossoms in one of the heat-proof bowls or in a pot.
- Add the boiling water to the chamomile.
- Let the tea infuse for 15 minutes.
- Strain it into the other heat-proof bowl.
- Clean and dry the first bowl.
- Put the soap flakes in the first bowl. To make soap flakes, get a bar of all-natural soap and shred it with a grater or a knife.
- Add the chamomile infusion to the soap flakes.
- Let the hot infusion melt the soap. This will take about 5 minutes.
- Use a whisk to beat in the glycerin until fully incorporated.
- When the shampoo is cool enough, pour it into a glass jar.
- Keep the shampoo in a cool place, away from direct sunlight.
Because it has so many uses and is so simple to prepare, chamomile is a wonderful herb to have at hand.
Include it in your herb or flower garden and let the fragrant beauty work its spell on your yard and on your health.Share with friends!