Chamomile essential oil is steam-distilled from the flowers of the chamomile plant—Chamaemelum nobile—and is characterised by a sweet, herbaceous aroma with notes of apple and straw.
Chamomile oil has been used in folk remedies and alternative medicine for centuries to treat a broad array of ailments, but it is most famous for its use as a sleep remedy.
In aromatherapy, two types of chamomile essential oil are used: Roman chamomile oil and German chamomile oil. Both may be used to improve sleep, but the German variety is favoured in the treatment of skin irritations.
Chamomile essential oil contains a number of sesquiterpenes, terpenelactones (including the aromatic chamazulene), and polyphenols.
These provide a number of combined properties in Roman and German chamomile oils, which include analgesic, anti-spasmodic, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, antiphlogistic, bactericidal, carminative, cholagogue, emmenagogue, hepatic, sedative, digestive, stomachic, vermifuge, and vulnerary.
How to use chamomile essential oil
Chamomile oil may be applied topically, in a diffuser, and in soap products.
Create a therapeutic massage oil by blending one part chamomile oil with nine parts carrier oil. Massage the blend to relieve sore muscles and back pain, or apply to the abdomen to assist in the relief of colic, or apply to areas of skin irritation.
Add 2-3 drops to bathwater for a hot soak that will assist in the relief of stress, PMS symptoms, and skin irritations.
Add a few drops to your diffuser at bed time to help with a good night's sleep, as well as assisting in the relief of headaches and migraines.
In soap products
When used as an ingredient in handmade soaps or bath teas, oil of chamomile is calming and skin-loving.
Essential Oils are highly concentrated and must be used with care.
Not to be taken internally.
Do not use chamomile essential oil for medical treatment without first speaking to a medical professional.
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