Viva la Chamomile!

This past summer I grew chamomile, harvested the flowers, dried them, and now I use these white and yellow daisy-like flowers for tea.  When stressed or sleepless, many think of having a nice warm cup of chamomile tea to soothe nerves and induce relaxation.

When sifting through my Druid Plant Oracle cards this evening, I chose the Chamomile card and read the entry. Chamomile’s metaphorical meanings are rest, guardianship, and regeneration.

According to the book, chamomile “brings calm, rest, and protection.” The authors state that “if you have chosen this card, it may mean that you are entering, or need to enter, a calm phase, in which you will be able to connect again to your inner resources — both physical and spiritual.”

Well ain’t that the truth! What an interesting card to pick during wintertime when I’m called to focus inward and affirm my strength. I usually don’t associate strength with chamomile. The flower seems rather whimsical and gentle — and yet this powerful plant has the power to soften anxiety, soothe worry, and lull us to sleep. Wait now — am I saying that gentleness is a strength, that softness is powerful?  Indeed I am!

Many of us who are quite sensitive in this world think (or have thought) we are weak, flimsy, wispy as a chamomile flower in the wind.  We forget that our softness, our ability to feel deeply, and our strength to endure what is difficult for us is powerful. We are strong.  And taking time to rest, to rejuvenate, to look inward, and to take stock of life are signs of inner strength. Power to the inner chamomile flower in each of us!

Meditate. Take that nap. Read that book all day. Write in your journal. Pet your cat for hours. Watch the wind.

And feel all that you feel. See your sensitivity as your gateway to the inner workings of the world. You are not alone, Mr. and Ms. Chamomiles of the world. We are a force of nature. We embody calm.  We soften the edges in a sharp world.


About Courtney Putnam

I first came to healing work through art and writing. Creating collage art and poetry in particular allowed me to deeply understand the benefit of self-expression in the healing process. But, I also began to see the benefit of bodywork (manual work in the form of massage and energywork in the form of Reiki) as keys to unlocking the emotional stresses we hold in our bodies. I became a Reiki practitioner in 2002, received an MFA in Creative Writing in 2003, received my massage license in the spring of 2006, and became a Reiki Master in 2010. In my practice I bring together these three areas -- the body, the mind, and the spirit (or energy body) -- so others may experience profound and positive change in their lives.
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3 Responses to Viva la Chamomile!

  1. Chamomile works really well when infused in a foot bath – it does wonders for the skin!

    The rest however, you’re right, the calmness comes from within and occurs when we make the choice to access it. 🙂

  2. Susi says:

    What timing, I just received an order of tea today with, you guessed it, Chamomile! Loved the post, thank you Miss Courtney!

  3. Sue says:

    Wonderful post Courtney. “We forget that our softness, our ability to feel deeply, and our strength to endure what is difficult for us is powerful. We are strong. ” Resonates with me deeply today.

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