Chamomile Essential Oil, Roman
English Chamomile, Garden Chamomile, Sweet Chamomile, True Chamomile, Bath Chamomile.
- Roman Chamomile Essential Oil has a comforting, sweet smell but it is more than a pleasant aroma; it is a medicine cabinet must. It soothes muscle spasms, anxiety, indigestion, irritated skin and premenstrual syndrome (PMT/PMS).
Farming Method Conventionally Farmed Country of Origin England Plant Part Blossom Scientific Name Anthemis nobilis Application Method Bath, Diffusion, Topical
Roman Chamomile is one of the most universally relied upon herbs for calming both mind and body. Although it is extremely gentle, it works as well as prescription medicine for bringing spasms, cramping and convulsions to a halt. The technical term for this is antispasmodic.
The most severe asthma attacks can be brought under control in minutes, just by virtue of the bronchial spasms being relieved. This antispasmodic effect is also the reason why Roman Chamomile is relied upon to bring relief to teething or colicky babies, calm upset stomachs and smooth out muscle cramps.
In addition, Roman Chamomile relieves pain and is a nerve sedative—and, as if all that relaxation weren’t enough, Roman Chamomile gives the extra gift of being bactericidal.
Many of the conditions addressed by the stress-relieving influence of Roman Chamomile are considered psychosomatic, i.e., often directly attributed to one’s emotional state. Following is a list of conditions Roman Chamomile addresses by category.
Nervous system: Reduction of anger, anxiety, frustration, irritability, migraine, panic, PMS, restlessness and stress.
Skin care: Psoriasis, eczema, rashes, boils, chicken pox and dermatitis.
Musculoskeletal system: Back pain, arthritis, muscle spasm, neuralgia, inflammation, sciatica, cramps and bursitis.
Digestive system: Appetite loss.
Respiratory system: Colic, ear infection.
For Topical Application: Dilute up to 5-10% in jojoba or hazelnut oil, or approximately 25-50 drops of essential oil per tablespoon of carrier oil.
Acute asthma attacks: Topical Application. Massage on chest and back..
Teething children: Topical Application. Apply gently to baby’s cheeks.
Colicky babies: Topical Application. Apply gently to baby’s abdomen.
Skin abrasions or inflammation: Skin Rinse. Add a few drops to a sink full of water and use this water to cleanse skin.
Hay fever and allergies: Diffusion.
Aggression: Diffusion or Topical Application on heart and chest area.
Anxiety: Diffusion, Topical Application on heart and chest area or Aromatic Bath.
Menstrual Pain: Topical Application.
Muscle cramps, bursitis and musculoskeletal system issues: Topical Application.
Psoriasis, Eczema: Topical Application.
Appetite loss: Diffusion, Topical Application on abdominal area or Aromatic Bath.
Rashes, boils, chickenpox symptoms, dermatitis: Topical Application.
Roman Chamomile is one of the mildest oils available in aromatherapy. It is safe to use during pregnancy and even with babies (don’t overdose of course). However, it has caused contact dermatitis in a small number of individuals. If using on very sensitive skin, try it properly diluted on a small spot first.
Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans loved Chamomile. The Egyptians dedicated the daisy-like flowering plant to their sun god, Ra. The Greeks gave Chamomile its name by combining two Greek words: “chamos” and “melos,” meaning “ground” and “apple” respectively.
In England, it was popular to grow Chamomile as an aromatic and cushiony alternative to grass that can be mowed completely flat. To this day, Buckingham Palace continues to maintain its all-Chamomile lawn, which dates back to the reign of King George V. Chamomile has also been grown on stone garden benches since the Middle Ages, creating a softly padded and fragrant seat.
About the Plant
The word Chamomile itself commonly refers to German Chamomile, not Roman Chamomile. Although they are similar plants, they have very different therapeutic effects and different chemical compositions.
The scent of Roman Chamomile is more delicate and pleasant than that of German Chamomile. Another distinguishing feature is that the color of German Chamomile Essential Oil has a bluish tint, while Roman Chamomile does not.
Both plants are short, with daisy-like blossoms on single stems, although Roman Chamomile only grows a few inches from the ground, while German Chamomile can reach up to 2 feet in height.
You can also distinguish Roman Chamomile from German Chamomile by snipping the cone of the blossom. If it is hollow, it is Roman Chamomile. If the cone is solid, it is German Chamomile.
The scent of Roman Chamomile is a unique blend of an herbal scent and a fruity sweet apple scent. Unfortunately, sometimes the herbal scent dominates and then the oil is not very effective to treat emotional issues. Amrita takes great care to obtain an oil where the sweeter fruity tone is well pronounced by testing batch samples before each purchase.
Scent: Roman Chamomile has a sweet-herbal, apple-like scent.
Blends With: Bergamot, Clary Sage, Geranium, Lavender, Marjoram, Neroli
Composition: Roman Chamomile consists almost entirely of esters. Essential oils commonly contain zero (more than half of all oils), one, two or maximum three esters. Roman Chamomile contains about 50 esters. They make up almost 90% of the oil. Esters are commonly soothing and have a very pleasant scent. They are considered responsible for the powerful antispasmodic effect of the oil.