Our kitchen witch Silja shows you how to tap into the magical properties of your favourite herbs, this time looking at chamomile
Chamomile is a pretty flower that will adorn your garden, and is very useful as both a medicinal herb and in magic. The yellow middle of the flower symbolises energy and the sun god, while the white petals represent peace and the moon goddess. The word chamomile is a combination of the ancient Greek words for ‘around’ and ‘apple’, because the herb was used in many different ways, and, like the more modern saying, ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’. Ancient Greeks believed that drinking chamomile tea regularly could cure most ills. Chamomile harvested on the feast day of John the Baptist (June 24th) and for the 28 days of the lunar month afterwards is said to be especially potent, and wreaths or door decorations made with the herb are said to protect the house all year from damage from Mother Nature’s events like lightning or a hail storm.
Magic with chamomile
1 If you need luck, be that for a card game, or a promotion at work, wash your hands with chamomile soap, or rub the flowers on your hands before the event.
2 To get rid of negative energy in your home or bad feelings among co-workers, brew a cup of very strong chamomile tea, then stir in a spoonful of honey anti-clockwise while chanting: “Stress and negativity, go away, let me be, curses here be none, all bad feelings be gone!” Then walk around and let the steam of the tea waft everywhere.
3 Chamomile can be used to make a purifying bath if you’re suffering from the aftermath of a stressful event such as divorce. Simply place a handful of dried chamomile in a muslin bag and hang it on the tap as you draw the bath. Get in and submerse yourself three times fully. Relax in the bath, say goodbye to the old you and any bad feelings you have about the events or person, and pain you felt. Watch the water disappear down the drain and with it, all stress and negativity.
4 Place a full dried chamomile flower (including the green stem) in your wallet or with your financial papers to have balance between in-comings and outgoings.
Being such a useful herb, chamomile appears in most ancient mythologies. The Egyptians held it in high regard because the yellow middle of the flower symbolised their most important deity, the sun god Ra. Similarly, in the Norse tradition, the herb was sacred to Baldur, the god of light, and used as a hair rinse to make blonde hair even lighter. In the Teutonic mythology, Woden, the god of magic and learning, gave chamomile to humans to aid them alongside eight other herbs to make up the nine sacred herbs.
Did you know?
Chamomile is still planted on graves in Eastern Europe, as it is believed to ensure the souls of the dearly departed have an easier time in their passing, with a smooth transition to heaven.
Silja is a Celtic Wiccan high priestess and has led a Celtic training coven in Ireland. She now divides her time between Dublin, Ireland and Arkansas, USA. Silja is the author of The Green Wiccan Book of Shadows and the Green Wiccan Herbal. Check out her Facebook page at facebook.com/SiljasGreenWiccan