Blue Chamomile, also known as German Chamomile, has been used for its digestive healing properties since the beginning of the First Century. Early Egyptian physicians also gave Chamomile tea to patients who suffered from a fever. In addition, Egyptian nobles also used Blue Chamomile cosmetically for over 2,000 years, using the crushed petals of the flower to add color to both their skin and face. Used as an incense or ritual drink, ancient Egyptian priests used Chamomile to call upon their sun god. In fact, the Ancient Greeks, Romans and various Indian tribes each used Blue Chamomile to treat kidney, liver and bladder problems. Chamomile was also included as one of nine sacred herbs of the Lacnunga, which is an ancient Anglo-Saxon manuscript. So, is it any surprise that over one million cups of Chamomile tea are still consumed daily?
Though Blue Chamomile is not commonly associated with magic, many traditions continue to use it during Midsummer to honor nature. Chamomile is also known as the patron flower of the garden, as it is believed to bring prosperity, promote healing energy and generally bring success to all plant species. Blue Chamomile is perfect for meditation incense, as it centers and brings a sense of peace to all. It carries with it success and is often included in many recipes.
German Blue Chamomile essential oil gets its distinct blue color from chamazulene, which is made in the distillation process. Chamazulene has anti-inflammatory properties, making it most suitable for skin care. Blue Chamomile essential oil is also useful as an antihistamine, preventing certain allergic responses. It is used to treat skin disorders such as eczema, bedsores, skin inflammation, sunburn and contact dermatitis. Many people find Blue Chamomile essential oil preparations are effective in treating of mouth sores, inflammation of the intestine and pain associated with gout. Given its relaxing properties, Blue Chamomile essential oil is also a wonderful remedy for babies suffering from gas, constipation or colic.