Wednesday, 18 July 2007

Herbs: Corfiot Chamomile

Chamomile is found on Mount Pantokrator. The road you can see in the pictusre leads to the top of the mount. There you can find chamomile flowers in springtime and summer.

To pick chamomile flowers collect only the flower top (anthos) not the stem.

The best time to pick chamomile flowers is in the morning, before the sun goes up.

Leave the fresh flowers to dry under the sun for a couple of days.

Store them in a jar and use them like normal tea leaves.

Chamomile is a beautiful small flower that grows on Mount Pantoktrator, as well as in fields and gardens. I remember my mum picked the flowers up from our garden, dried them in the sun and used them to make chamomile tea.
It is good for colds, stomach upsets, indigestion, skin irritation and lots of other
treatments. The best chamomile is the natural one, but you must know where to find it and make sure this place is not polluted. On the mount it is clean and fresh but not easy to get it!

Where to get chamomile:
In big supermarkets you can find chamomile bags or dried flowers. You can make chamomile tea the same way you make common tea.

Chamomile-how to use it

Sore throat and colds

In a cup of chamomile tea add a teaspoonful of honey and some lemon juice. Sip at intervals. This remedy provides you with ample vitamin C and rare honey properties that boost your immune system.

Stomach upsets

Prepare a cup of chamomile tea and add some lemon juice. Drink slightly warm or cold. For best results, drink it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.


A cup of chamomile tea before bedtime is highly relaxing.

For external use:

Stiff neck

In a pan, simmer some dried chamomile leaves in pure olive oil for a few seconds. When still warm (not hot), apply mixture to affected area. Leave as long as possible and repeat 2-3 times daily.

Ear ache

Prepare as above and apply some chamomile mix (on some cotton wool) to the back of the ear.

Aching joints

Apply mixture prepared as above on joints and leave for as long as possible. Repeat several times (use a bandage to hold cotton wool on affected area).

Mouth ulcers

Prepare chamomile tea and use it for gargling or as a mouth wash after meals and especially before bedtime. However, if mouth ulcers persist visit a doctor.

Skin problems

Women’s rash

Use cold chamomile tea to clean the affected areas. It can be used many times a day as it is soothing and healing.


Cold chamomile tea is soothing and helps restoring the skin’s texture.


Ody, P. (1997) ‘100 Great Natural Remedies: using healing plants at home’ London, UK, Kyle Cathie Limited.

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