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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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Marjoram (Sweet) Essential Oil

 

Botanical name: Origanum marjorana

Plant origin: dried leaves / flowering heads of herb

Method of extraction: steam distillation

Aroma: woody, spicy, mildly campherous,warming and penetrating

Odour intensity: medium

Note: middle

Blends well with: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Cypress, Lavender, Mandarin, Orange, Nutmeg, Rosemary, Rosewood, Ylang Ylang

Overview

Marjoram is a powerful muscle relaxant to both the mind and body. It has a soothing, warming and fortifying effect on disorders of the muscular, nervous and respiratory systems.

Marjoram was popular with ancient Greeks who used it to treat spasm and excess fluid in the tissues. It was also thought to be a valuable antidote against poison.

marjoram

Therapeutic properties

Analgesic (pain relief), antiseptic, antispasmodic (relieves cramps), antiviral , carminative (relieves flatulence), cephalic (stimulates and clears mind), cordial (heart tonic), digestive (aids digestion), emmenagogue (induces / assists menstruation), expectorant (removal of excess mucus), hypotensive (lowers blood pressure), laxative, nervine (beneficial effect on nervoous system, calms nerves), rubefacient (warms by increasing local blood flow / circulation), sedative (calming), vulnerary (helps to heal wounds and sores).

Therapeutic uses

Mind

–  Calming effect on nervous system.

–  Relieves anxiety and stress.

–  Helpful for depression.

–  Warming effect on the emotions.

–  May be comforting in times of grief and loneliness.

Body

– Particularly effective for muscular aches, stiffness and joint pain.

– May help with rheumatic and arthritic pain.

– Helps to dilate the arteries and capillaries, promoting easier blood flow and a sense of warmth.

– Thought to lower high blood pressure.

– A good tonic for the heart.

– Effective on the digestive system and may help with stomach cramps, colic, indigestion, constipation and flatulence.

– Appears to have a beneficial action on coughs, colds and chest infections.

– May also be beneficial for asthma.

– Helps to alleviate congestion.

– Good for general headaches and migraines.

– Thought to be useful for regulating the menstrual cycle and relieving menstrual pain and tension.

Skin

– Good for bruises as promotes flow of blood

Safety precautions

– Prolonged use can cause drowsiness

– Best avoided during pregnancy