Chamomile for anxiety and depression
Chamomile has been used for thousands of years throughout Europe and other continents to ease anxiety, sleeplessness, and gastrointestinal complaints. It’s also applied topically to soothe skin ailments. The most common variety is German chamomile, which my grandmother used to gather as a little girl in Germany to make teas, salves, and tinctures like a child in a cozy folk tale, but in a war zone.
It turns out that chamomile not only works to ease anxiety, but also may function as a mild antidepressant -- and the benefits don't stop there.
I don’t love the idea of being unconscious for hours at a time, in the dark, so you could say I’m a nervous sleeper. When I spent weekends dancing and learning our trades with my grandmother in her little trailer in rural New Hampshire, her cure for my white-knuckled nighttimes was a steaming pot of chamomile tea served in pretty green teacups with a touch of honey. While we sipped, she’d tell me stories about the wild things she used to do, like how she learned English by watching old Western flicks, and called her kids in for dinner by hollering, "Git in here, ye yellow-bellied varmints!"