Chamomile for Burns and Churns

Do you ever get “butterflies” when you are nervous or upset, causing your tummy to flip around like a butter churn?  And do you ever accidentally touch a hot pan, burner, or the oven when you are cooking? Then you may want to look into the benefits of Chamomile.

You can easily find Chamomile in tea form at your local store, but for a more useful version it can be purchased online by clicking here . The most readily available form is the German Chamomile, or Matricaria recutita L., and it is generally purchased as flowers.  These dried flowers can be used to make teas, tinctures, salves and creams, and potpourris.  The teas are wonderful to sip when you are feeling anxious or have that upset stomach, and the salves and creams are perfect for helping to soothe a burn or irritated skin.  I actually keep a small jar of used chamomile flowers in my fridge and just press a few of them on my skin whenever I get a kitchen burn.  This takes the heat out right away!

If you aren’t familiar with Chamomile, it is a good place to start your herbal medicine cabinet. Try some today!

Chamomile Burn Salve from One Ash Farm Recipes

1/2 cup olive or grapeseed oil
2 TBS. Beeswax Pearls or Pellets

Steep the chamomile flowers in the oil to infuse using one of these two methods:
1) Place the flowers and oil in a covered jar and leave in a warm place for 2-3 weeks.
2) Simmer the chamomile flowers and oil on a low temperature or in a 
small crockpot for 2-3 hours.

Once infused, strain the oil and put it and the beeswax in a small jar.
Place the jar of oil into a pan of water, creating your own tiny double boiler.
Heat the water, stirring occasionally, until the beewax melts.

Pour the mixture into a container and refrigerate to keep for several months.

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