Screw Chamomile

By: Peggy Willms

(3 min read)

I CAN’T SLEEP… whether it is Day Light Saving Time or not! Spring Ahead – Fall Back – it doesn’t matter. I CAN’T SLEEP.

“Have you tried Chamomile?” ☕

Grrrrr – yes, people! Well, I mean a few times – well not like regularly, but what’s the point I am sure it doesn’t work. Does it? 

Okay, so let’s start at the beginning – why can’t I sleep, you ask. Maybe it is simple. I love burning the candle at both ends just like many of you who are blessed to have a job you love. Or if you are like me where you don’t want to sleep because you are afraid you will miss something. That’s what my mom said about me and “naps.” I always hated them.

Most of us have our own “average hours slept” range. A range we feel our best. I feel best between 6.5-7 hours of sleep a night, whereas others might feel dialed in between 8-9 hours. However, when I am on over-drive, super focused or stressed I can average weeks of 4-5 hours a night. Maybe you, too?

See I love being manic. Most days, I am on fire. Task List… check…  check… check… And yeah, I get a bit tired mid-afternoon sometimes so I java-up with one of my favorite unicorn mugs, and maybe even treat myself to a slice of my favorite carrot cake – both of which pump enough fuel into my engine to idle me gently into the night. How exciting – I can keep checking off my boxes.

I know what you are thinking…stop drinking caffeine, you dumb ass. Well it isn’t that simple. You see I really have never required much sleep so caffeine isn’t the issue. Don’t exercise at night then! Good try on that one, too. But Sweating to the Oldies never kept me up either. How about a hot bubble bath or spewing lavender bolsters out of your diffuser? Surely that will glide you into a slumber? Nope Nope Nope. And now you have all the answers, don’t you.

No…you are back to the Chamomile thing again – you want me to give chamomile another shot. Sure. WTH.

Let’s try frickn chamomile again. Just what I want to do…drink a big mug of hot water before bed so I can be up all night emptying my bladder.

First, I did a bit of research. Chamomile Tea…What is it? Where does it come from? What does it do?

Chamomile is dried flowers native to Asia, Europe, Australia and North America, and they bloom during the early summer months. Okay. Chamazulene is an aromatic chemical compound found in Chamomile that possess profound powers and properties.

The claims sound breath-taking like a liquid vacation. “Are you suffering from stress, a tough workload, screaming kids or even a cold then steep a hot cup of Chamomile tea, inhale its wonderful floral fragrance and then see your worries disappear as you sip this magical golden brew.” A quote I literally found to describe the Chamomile experience. How could I possibly deny such bliss?

So then I compiled this illustrious list of praise – what a lovely blend it is:

  1. Derived from Matricaria chamomilla L known for its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, it was used by the Romans, Greeks and Egyptians to treat wounds and promote healing.
  2. Relaxes the nervous system.
  3. Naturally sedates, thereby reducing stress.
  4. Boosts immune system fighting harmful bacteria.
  5. Reduces nasal congestion.
  6. Reduces spasm and “the monthly” pains.
  7. Is used for treatment of various gastrointestinal disturbances including flatulence, indigestion, diarrhea, anorexia, motion sickness, nausea and vomiting.
  8. Heals skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
  9. Is packed with antioxidants which helps boost your skin health, lightens the complexion and gives you that desired glow.
  10. Is used topically, it helps fade spots and eliminate acne scars due to its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.
  11. Protects the skin from free-radical damage and accelerates cell and tissue regeneration, tightens pores and slows down the aging process.
  12. Works wonders on sunburns. Brew and chill the tea. Soak a towel in it – place on a sunburn. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties work wonders.
  13. Lightens the eye area dramatically and reduce puffiness when using chilled, used Chamomile tea bags. Place the chilled tea bags over your eyes.
  14. Reduces or eliminates dandruff by soothing scalp irritation and promote healthy hair when using tea as a final rinse after washing hair.

Seriously. Come on, man! After I did the “Chamomile” research: what it is and what it is good for, I thought what in the hell am I doing sitting up at midnight writing this Blog. Whether Chamomile works for sleep or not, after reading all these benefits, I am about to be this dang flower’s poster child. And since I am awake, I should be boiling some bags to chill on my eyeballs.

I will never say SCREW CHAMOMILE again. I will eat it, drink it and hell sleep with it…and then I will apparently…

…never be nervous again, have no digestion issues, never have a sunburn, have no bags under my eyes, be acne and psoriasis free, and sport dandruff-free hair blowing in the wind. I could still be exhausted, but damn I’ll look good.

Bring on the Chamomile, beotches!

Peggy Willms
                                                                     All Things Wellness, LLC

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