ROMAN BOTANICAL NAME: anthemis nobilis
GERMAN BOTANICAL NAME: matricaria recutita
PARTS USED: flowers, leaves
DISTILLATION METHOD: steam
FRAGRANCE: fruity, sweet
BLENDS WELL WITH: cinnamon, galbanum, lavender, marjoram, patchouli, vetiver, ylang ylang.
AROMATIC BENEFITS: calming, rejuvenating, relaxing.
MAGICAL USES: meditation, peace, sleep.
PHYSICAL USES: acne, analgesic, antibacterial, antidepressant, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, asthma, black eyes, blisters, boils, bruises, burns, chapped lips, chapped skin, chilblains, cold sores, conjunctivitis, coughs, diarrhea, disinfectant, diuretic, diverticulosis, dry skin, earaches, eczema, fainting, febrifuge, fibrositis, gingivitis, hay fever, headaches, heatstrokes, hiccups, influenza, insect bites, laryngitis, nausea, neuralgia, normal skin, oily skin, osteoporosis, psoriasis, rashes, rheumatism, rheumatoid arthritis, rosacea, sensitive skin, shock, sprains, sties, sunburns, synovitis, toothaches, upper abdominal pain, urticaria, whitlows, wounds, wrinkles.
Chamomile Oil is extracted from the flowers of the Chamomile plant which is very popular as a flowering plant. There are two types of Chamomile, Roman Chamomile and German Chamomile. Although the essential oils extracted from these varieties are quite similar in medicinal properties, they differ to some extent when it comes to their composition and certain properties. Roman Chamomile oil consists of Alpha Pinene, Beta Pinene, Camphene, Caryophyllene, Sabinene, Myrcene, Gamma Terpinene, Pinocarvone, Farsenol, Cineole, Propyl Angelate and Butyl Angelate. German Chamomile oil is composed of Azulene (here called Chamazulene, since found in Chamomile), Alpha Bisabolol, Bisabolol Oxide-A & B, and Bisabolene Oxide-A.
While Roman Chamomile Oil is more calming and is a better emmenagogue, German Chamomile is a very powerful anti-inflammatory due to the presence of the Azulene. Azulene is a nitrogenous compound and is responsible for giving the Chamomile Oil it's characteristic deep blue and greenish color.
Analgesic: any medicine that reduces pain without inducing unconsciousness.
Antibacterial: kills or inhibits bacteria.
Antidepressant: an agent that prevents or counteracts depression.
Anti-inflammatory: an agent that prevents or counteracts inflammation.
Antiseptic: a substance that inhibits the growth and reproduction of microorganisms.
Antispasmodic: referring to something that suppresses spasms.
Carminative: relieves discomfort of gas in the digestive tract.
Cholagogue: an agent that promotes the discharge of bile.
Cicatrizant: a healing agent.
Digestive: relating to the digestive tract; having the ability to promote digestion.
Disinfectant: a substance that kills germs and/or viruses.
Diuretic: increases the amount or frequency of urination.
Emmenagogue: stimulates blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus, causing menstruation.
Febrifuge: reduces fever.
Nervine: acts upon or affects the nerves; quiets nervous excitement.
Stomachic: related to the stomach; beneficial to the stomach or digestion.
Sudorific: produces sweat.
Vermifuge: something that acts as a drug to cause expulsion or death of intestinal worms.
Safety Warning: Avoid during first trimester of pregnancy. Avoid long term use if history of estrogen-dependent cancer. Never ingest essential oils without a prescription. Use carrier oil when applying to skin.