Chamomile essential oil has been used for centuries to calm and relax people, as well as to alleviate nausea, insomnia and muscle and joint pain.
Roman Chamomile is one of the best essential oils for cranky, impatient, stressed out PMS (and menopause) symptoms.
It's also suitable for babies and young children (in very diluted form) to soothe crankiness and fussines due to colic, teething or other stomach upset.
Put a warm chamomile compress on their tummy or give them a warm bath with a drop or two of chamomile in it. Remember to dilute recipes to half strength for children and reduce the drops to one or two for babies. Essential oils are powerful!
German Chamomile essential oil (also known as Blue Chamomile) is super-effective for soothing and calming skin, as well as helping regenerate tissue. It's an excellent addition to any aromatherapy skincare recipe for eczema, psoriasis or other skin problems.
Both types of chamomile may even be able to help relieve headaches and migraines. Try gently massaging diluted chamomile oil into your temples and sinus areas (especially for stress and hormone-related headaches.)
Anthemis nobilis (Roman Chamomile) or Matricaria recutita (German / Blue Chamomile)
Grows about 1 foot (30cm) tall and has small white and yellow daisy-like flower heads, which are steam distilled to create the essential oil.
The essential oil has a fresh, rich, exotic grassy scent, which some people say smells like apples and straw.
Calms wound-up, jangling nerves
Reduces tension and stress
Helps ease muscle and joint pain by reducing inflammation
Supports digestion, helps relieve nausea and stomach upset
Soothes and rejuvenates dry, irritated and sensitive skin
Soothes skin after insect bites
Chamomile essential oil has a strong middle note that blends well with cedarwood, clary sage, frankincense, geranium, lavender, rose, marjoram, neroli, orange and ylang ylang.
Non-toxic. Use well diluted. High doses may trigger skin reactions in sensitive individuals, especially those with ragweed allergies.
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