The name chamomile is derived from the Greek words for “ground” and “apple” because the plant grows close to the ground and because it smells somewhat like apples. Throughout the world, the extravagant mild aroma and satisfying taste of chamomile has endured to become a classic tea and healing oil enjoyed by people from nearly every culture and walk of life.
When used in aromatherapy, chamomile’s daisy-like flowers are gathered and dried during the summer months, with the essential oil then steam distilled from the dried flowers. There are two varieties of chamomile commonly used in herbal preparations for internal use: Roman chamomile (anthemis nobilis), which is native to Europe and the Mediterranean region, and German chamomile (matricaria recutita), which is native to southern Europe, northern Africa, and parts of Asia. German chamomile is the variety most commonly cultivated in the United States. Both species have some shared properties and are often used interchangeably.
Chamomile is praised for its calming effect on the nervous system and as a remedy for the digestive system. In addition, chamomile tea has gained a reputation as a soothing, quieting nighttime beverage, gently calming the digestive system and helping you to drift off into serene sleep.
Calming, cozy rendezvous
Chamomile is a bashful companion and only genuinely appreciated during downtime, rather than when you are rushed. Its unique apple-like scent is unmistakable and sends an invitation for you to return to a cozy rendezvous. Chamomile is the perfect essential oil for taking time out for contemplation and relaxation. It brings serenity to weary nerves and pleasure to overworked muscles.
German chamomile is one of the best oils for a warm bath after a long stressful day, as it calms the spirit and soothes the nervous system. It is not surprising then that the sedating effects of chamomile are excellent for those who suffer from insomnia and other sleep disorders. The aromatic charm of chamomile seduces one into tranquility.
It’s another amazing aspect of nature that the beautiful bluish hue of chamomile is prized for relieving the blues. You’ll remain protected and happy with chamomile as a member of your aromatherapy basket.
Chamomile relaxation bath soak (full bath)
Chamomile can be used to create a delightfully relaxing spa experience. Fill up your bathtub and try this wonderful bath soak recipe at home.
- Four drops of chamomile oil
- Four drops of lavender oil
- 1 tablespoon of castile soap
- 2 tablespoons of sea salt
Directions: Add essential oils. Stir in castile soap and sea salt. Relax and soak for twenty minutes. Add hot water if needed to keep the temperature as warm as desired.
Anti-spasmodic stomach relaxant
Chamomile contains bitter elements that stimulate the production of stomach juices needed to break down food particles. It has anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties that help to calm aggravated muscles of the stomach and intestine and reduce other gastrointestinal tract lining conditions, as well as diminish the discomfort of menstrual cramps.
A daily cup of chamomile tea is excellent for the health of your stomach, as well as for fighting against gum disease and mouth sores due to its mild anti-bacterial properties. It can also be used as an eyewash to soothe the irritability of tired eyes and promote the healing of conjunctivitis (“pink eye” viral infection). Using chamomile essential oil in a lotion or a few drops in your favorite carrier oil can gently mitigate other ailments or conditions, such as gout, rashes, abrasions, and bruises.
Physician for your skin and garden plants
Chamomile contains azulene—which has antiseptic properties and helps cleanse pores of impurities and reduce puffiness—and so is invaluable in skin care. It is considered to be the “Plant’s Physician”—it is said that if you have a plant that is drooping or sick, planting chamomile beside it will help it to recover. Chamomile is also one of the most popular ingredients in shampoos and is used to add highlights to light brown or blonde hair!
Chamomile and geranium facial mist
Chamomile helps soothe the skin while geranium’s balancing action helps to improve the elasticity of the skin. Try combining the ingredients listed below and using as a facial mist.
- 4 ounces (one bottle) of distilled water
- Four drops of German chamomile essential oil
- Four drops of geranium essential oil
Precautions: As with all aromatherapy products, be sure to read the directions for use or consult a licensed aromatherapist or health professional. The above information is not intended to replace the advice of your physician, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional. Check dilution instructions and be careful not to over use. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid chamomile because of possible negative effects to the fetus and infants.