Chamomile is one of my favorite herbs. Historically it was used extensively in medicine and it remains a staple in many European countries. Chamomile is an excellent anti-inflammatory, is commonly used for it's calmative effects, and also has some antiseptic properties as well. Chamomile glycerite is simple to make and can be used for babies with crying, colic or teething discomfort as well as for older children with nervousness or difficulty sleeping.
A glycerite is a form of a botanical extract, similar to a tincture, but made with glycerin rather than alcohol. Glycerin is naturally very sweet but contains no sugar, making it an excellent choice for children.
50 grams of chamomile
210 ml (7oz) vegetable glycerin
90 ml (3oz) distilled water
Gently grind chamomile to a coarse powder, and put in a wide mouth glass jar with lid. Add 210 ml vegetable glycerine and 90 ml distilled water. Stir well. If it is too thick, add another 35 ml of glycerine and 15 ml of water. Make sure liquid completely covers the herb. Cover. Let sit for 2-4 weeks, and shake jar daily. Then strain, put in a dark colored jar and label. I like using these 8oz glass amber bottles for homemade herbal products. Suggest keeping refrigerated, though small dropper bottles can be left out if used in a short time.
1 drop for every 2-3 pounds of bodyweight, 3-4 times per day as needed. I purchase my herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs.
Recipe by Dr. Tieraona Low Dog.