Most people know about chamomile essential oil. Once you have smelled it, you either love it or hate it. Chamomile is a very calming herb that has been used extensively over the generations for its relaxing properties. Chamomile tea is one of the most extensively used herbal remedies on the market today.
A Description Of An Essential Oil – Chamomile (Blue) (Matricaria Recutica)
Chamomile essential oil has three main varieties, blue chamomile, roman chamomile and maroc chamomile. They all possess similar properties, but are used for different types of treatments.
It is a strong, aromatic herb with a very distinctive look. The plant features delicate leaves that resemble feathers and small daisy like white flowers. The chamomile essential oil is extracted from the flower, by the use of steam distillation. It is native to Europe and North and West Asia and was established in the 17th century in monastery herb gardens as a medical and beauty herb. In Europe it has long been used to treat all states of tension, headaches and sleeplessness, especially in children. During the Second World War, chamomile essential oil was used as a disinfectant and antiseptic in hospitals.
Chamomile essential oil is non-toxic, non-irritant, but can cause dermatitis in some people, and can cause hay fever attacks in those susceptible to them. It blends well with lavender, neroli, rose and clary sage essential oils.
Chamomile essential oil has been used to treat physical problems such as insomnia, migraines, stress, teething pains, nausea and colic. It can help those who suffer from menopausal problems and PMT. Chamomile essential oil is a healing skin care treatment. Chamomile essential oil can help with communication, aid relaxation, and bring about patience and calm. Chamomile is used in a variety of other products, such as cosmetics and hair care. It can lighten fair hair. It makes a great tea.
As with all essential oils, it is always best to seek professional help, if you have had little experience using and blending essential oils.