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Essential Oil               : Roman Chamomile

Botanical Name          : Chamaemelum nobile (Roman Chamomile)

Places of Production : France, England, Bulgaria, Hungaru, Chile

Appearance                 : A pale-blue to slightly blue-green tinged liquid or pale yellow

Aroma                           : Fruity, sweet, fresh, herby apple-like aroma.

A small, stocky, perennial herb, up to 25 cm high, with a much-branched hairy stem, half spreading or creeping. It has feathery pinnate leaves, daisy-like white flowers which are larger than those of the German chamomile.

Chamomile has been used for at least 2,000 years as a medicine, it has therapeutic properties of antibacterial, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antispasmodic and so on. Till today, chamomile tea remains one of the top choices to calm the mind and deepen sleep.

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Fun fact: Chamomile herbal tea is consumed more than 1 million cups per day.

Many don’t know but Roman Chamomile is one of the most versatile essential oil apart from Lavender essential oil, and is distilled from the stems and flowers of the chamomile plant via steam distillation.

Just by diffusing Roman Chamomile essential oil, it can help to treat insomnia, anxiety, nervousness, depression, and any stress-related conditions. Its calmative properties helps to soothe the nerves, allowing your body to calm down and relax.

Topical uses for this oil after diluting helps to diminish the appearance of scars, marks, and spots. It also protects wounds, cuts, and bruises from becoming infected.

Top 10 Roman Chamomile Essential oil Benefits

  1. Helps to fight allergy. It contains antimicrobial and antioxidant properties to relieve congestion and swelling, and it also targets components that causes allergy reaction. Making it a must-have essential oil for tackling seasonal allergies, like hay fever.
  2. Helps to fight arthritis. It contains anti-inflammatory properties to relieve inflammation in the joints. Applying chamomile essential oil to the skin after diluting with carrier oil would help calm inflammations. It can penetrate the layers of skin deeply and reach the joint, which helps with arthritic pain.
  3. Tones the skin. It has skin repairing, regenerating and strengthening properties. Helps to treat crow’s feet and dark circles with regular application.
  4. Treats acne and eczema. It has anti-inflammation and antibacterial properties that help to calm the redness and inflammation of the skin.
  5. Supports women’s health. Its beneficial for women going through pre-menstrual and menopausal problems, it helps with breast tenderness and its anti-depressant properties can help combat mood swings.
  6. Treats hair lice, dandruff, and irritated scalp. Just add a few drops of this essential oil to your shampoo or hair oil to help hydrate the scalp which eases irritation and itching.
  7. Remove toxins from the body. It has sudorific properties that can promote perspiration, which helps remove harmful chemicals and toxins from the body.
  8. Helps with fever. It promotes blood circulation and oxygenation, which allows the body to cool down by sweating. Its calming properties also allow the mind and body to calm down.
  9. Promote heart health. Its high amount of flavonoids can help reduce the chances of mortality from cardiovascular diseases as it helps reduce the tension in the blood vessels, and may help lower blood pressure. The calming properties helps to calm the nervous system which enables adequate flow of blood to and from the heart.
  10. Helps babies to sleep. Massaging babies with a diluted roman chamomile essential oil can help soothe their senses and calms them down, which induces sleep in infants. Diffusing oils for newborns are not recommended.

BABY’S MASSAGE OIL BLEND

Dilute in 2 tablespoons (30 mL) of carrier oil, and use no more than a ¼ of a teaspoon for each massage, depending on the baby’s size.

Have you tried it yet? 🙂

Precaution: Pregnant women should avoid using this essential oil as it might stimulate menstrual flow.

 

References:

  1. Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy Revised and Expanded: Over 800 Natural, Nontoxic, and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health, Beauty, and Safe Home and Work Environments New World Library.
  2. Lawless, Julia. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils. Red Wheel Weiser Conari.
  3. Essential Oils & Aromatherapy, An Introductory Guide: More Than 300 Recipes for Health, Home and Beauty Arcas Publishing.
  4. Shrikant, N. and Shrikant, N. (2019). 15 Amazing Benefits Of Chamomile Oil For Skin, Health And Hair. [online] STYLECRAZE. Available at: https://www.stylecraze.com/articles/amazing-benefits-of-chamomile-oil-for-skin-health-and-hair/#gref [Accessed 26 Apr. 2019].
  5. Marcene, B. (2019). 11 Health Benefits of Chamomile Essential Oil – Natural Food Series. [online] Natural Food Series. Available at: https://www.naturalfoodseries.com/11-benefits-chamomile-essential-oil/ [Accessed 26 Apr. 2019].
  6. Our Everyday Life. (2019). How to Use Essential Oils for Itching. [online] Available at: https://oureverydaylife.com/how-to-use-essential-oils-for-itching-12130271.html [Accessed 26 Apr. 2019].
  7. Axe. (2019). This Essential Oil Blend Drastically Lowered Anxiety Levels in ICU Patients & Improved Sleep Better Than Conventional Nursing Methods. [online] Available at: https://draxe.com/roman-chamomile-essential-oil/ [Accessed 26 Apr. 2019].

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