Chamomile (Roman) Essential Oil

 

Botanical name: Anthemis nobilis

Plant origin: dried flowers of herb

Method of extraction: steam distillation

Aroma: warm, fruity, apple-like

Odour intensity: high

Note: middle

Blends well with: Benzoin, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Neroli, Patchouli, Rose, Ylang Ylang

Overview

Chamomile has been revered since Egyptian times for its soothing properties and was used for cosmetic benefits to the skin. The ancient Greeks used Chamomile to treat fevers and female disorders. It is also known as the ‘plants’ physician’ due to its ability to protect and cure other plants in its vicinity. Chamomile is long renowned for its use in shampoos, particularly to highlight and condition fair hair. Chamomile tea is well known for its relaxing and digestive benefits.

chamomile roman plant

Therapeutic properties

Analgesic (pain relief), antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, bactericidal, carminative (relieves flatulence), cephalic (stimulates and clears mind), digestive (aids digestion), diuretic (increases urine flow), emmenagogue (induces / assists menstruation), febrifuge (reduces body temperature / fever), hepatic (stimulates / aids liver), nervine (beneficial effect on nervous system, calms nerves), sedative (calming), stimulates leucocytosis (production of white blood cells), stomachic (relieves gastric disorders), tonic (strengthens & enlivens the body), vulnerary (helps to heal wounds and sores).

Therapeutic uses

Mind

– eases anxiety and nervous tension and irritability

– helpful for anger

– calms an overactive mind

– good for excessive worry and over sensitivity

– helpful for insomnia

Body

– eases dull muscular aches and pains, particularly low back pain

– useful for headaches, migraine, toothache and earache

– helps with menstrual cycle, period pain and menopausal symptoms

– soothing on the stomach, can relieve colic, dyspepsia, indigestion, wind, good for IBS

– useful for disorders of genito-urinary tract, including cystitis

– helps with liver problems and jaundice

– useful for infections due to stimulating the production of white blood cells

Skin

– good for dry, itchy and sensitive skin

– helpful for inflammatory skin conditions

– can improve skin elasticity and strengthen tissues

– can reduce puffiness

– good for cleansing the skin

– soothing for burns, blisters, wounds

– calming for allergic conditions

Safety precautions

– Use in low concentrations as may cause dermal irritation / sensitisation

– Avoid during early stages of pregnancy (emmenagogue)

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