Most everyone knows chamomile for its calmative power and the gentle support it offers the nervous system. What not everyone knows is that this familiar, unassuming flower embodies very similar qualities when it comes to supporting healthy digestion as well. As an aromatic bitter, chamomile is excellent in cases of occasional gas and bloating and for relieving the discomfort of nausea associated with pregnancy. Like other bitter herbs, a few drops of an extract can also be taken after meals in the case of occasional heartburn.
Chamomile is a naturally calming herb that relaxes nerves and reduces pain. It has been known to settle the stomach and reduce gas and colic in infants. I use it to soothe fussy babies, calm down upset toddlers and and on bruises.
Chamomile Tincture Recipe
Perhaps you’ve seen Chamomile tincture in stores, but you can make your own for much less than you can buy it. I make a quart for the price I used to pay for a 4-6 ounce bottle.
Making tinctures also helps preserve herbs, which is especially important for Chamomile, since its positive benefits are in its volatile oils which decrease over time unless preserved.
Chamomile Tincture Ingredients
- 1/2 to 1 cup of dried Chamomile flowers
- approximately 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups boiling water
- approximately 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups vodka or rum
- Quart size glass jar with airtight lid
Chamomile Tincture Instructions
- Put fresh or dried Chamomile flowers in clean quart size glass jar
- Pour boiling water over flowers to just cover them (may have to stir)
- Fill the rest of the jar with vodka or rum (do not use rubbing alcohol or non-consumable alcohol!) and tightly cover with airtight lid.
- Store in a cool, dark place and shake daily for 4-6 weeks. This will make a strong tincture!
- After 4-6 weeks, remove from cabinet, and pour through a cheesecloth or strainer. Store in a jar or in tincture vials for easy use.
Normal dose for adults is up to 1 teaspoon 1-3 times a day as needed. For infants, only a few drops are needed, and often it can be rubbed on the gums or stomach for teething or colic pain. For toddlers and older children 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon can be taken 1-3 times a day while needed. It is especially useful for babies and young children who are having difficulty sleeping. A dose right before bedtime can help relax and sooth them for more peaceful sleep.