Organic Chamomile Oil, German Blue
Blue Chamomile, Matricaria, Hungarian Chamomile, Sweet False
- Certified Organic German Blue Chamomile has the gentle strength of a loving grandmother, calming both upset stomachs and upset emotions. Soothing and anti-inflammatory, it makes the skin glow and the hair shine.
Farming Method Certified Organic Country of Origin Egypt Plant Part Blossom Scientific Name Matricaria chamomilla Application Method Bath, Diffusion, Topical
German Blue Chamomile is a thick, intensely blue, spicy-scented essential oil, and is the most widely used variety of Chamomile. Beauty products infused with German Blue Chamomile become soothing, anti-inflammatory skin treatments.
While Roman Chamomile is generally preferred for its antispasmodic effects, German Blue Chamomile is the preferred essential oil for anti-inflammatory effects. However, its most valued therapeutic benefits (anti-inflammatory, muscle-relaxing and skin care) are only present if the batch of oil has the correct chemical composition (see the section Dr. Streicher Says).
Following is a list of conditions German Blue Chamomile addresses by category.
Nervous system: Anger, anxiety, frustration, irritability, migraine, panic, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), restlessness and stress.
Digestive system: Dyspepsia, colic, indigestion, nausea.
Skin care: All forms of sensitive skin, bruises, psoriasis, eczema, rashes, boils, chickenpox, dermatitis, acne, allergic reactions, burns, cuts, wounds, insect bites, toothache, teething pain.
Musculoskeletal system: Gout, back pain, muscle soreness, arthritis, rheumatism, muscle spasms and cramps, neuralgia, inflammation, sciatica, bursitis, sprains.
Genito-urinary system: Infections of the urinary tract and bladder.
Reproductive system: Menstrual difficulty, menstrual irregularity, PMS.
Respiratory system: Hay fever, allergies.
Dilution Amounts: For use on the skin, you may dilute up to 2% in jojoba or hazelnut oil; 2% is approximately 1 teaspoon (5ml) of essential oil per 1 cup (250ml) of carrier oil, or about 10 drops essential oil to a tablespoon (15 ml) of carrier oil.
Teething children: Local Application. Dilute and apply gently to baby’s cheeks.
Colicky babies: Local Application. Dilute and apply gently to the abdomen.
Skin abrasions or inflammation: Skin Rinse (Add a few drops to a sink full of water and use this water to cleanse skin) or Topical Application.
Hay fever and allergies: Diffusion
Aggression: Diffusion or Topical Application on heart and chest area, if the person lets you get close enough :- )
Anxiety: Diffusion, Topical Application on heart and chest area or Aromatic Bath.
Menstrual pain: Topical Application on affected areas
Muscle cramps and musculoskeletal system issues: Topical Application on affected areas
Psoriasis and eczema: Topical Application on affected areas
Bursitis: Topical Application on affected areas
Appetite loss: Diffusion, Topical Application on abdominal area or Aromatic Bath.
Rashes, boils, chickenpox, dermatitis: Topical Application
German Blue 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 with 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 an all-Chamomile lawn, which dates back to the reign of King George V. Since the Middle Ages, Chamomile has been grown on stone garden benches, creating a softly padded and fragrant seat.
It remains unknown which varieties of Chamomile were used by which cultures in ancient times. Although all types of Chamomile look similar and have many benefits in common, in modern times it is recognized that there are several distinct varieties of Chamomile, with different scents and sometimes very different therapeutic properties.
Chamomile tea, a kitchen cupboard staple, is made from German Chamomile, and the deceptively mild-smelling herb gives fast-acting relief to children with temper tantrums (and their parents). German Chamomile is also the preferred type of Chamomile for use in skin and hair care products.
About the Plant:
All the varieties of Chamomile are similar plants, but they have very different therapeutic effects and different chemical compositions.
The scent of German Blue Chamomile Essential Oil is heavier, spicier and earthier than that of Roman Chamomile. The oil is also thick and inky blue in contrast to Roman Chamomile, which is lemon-colored and thin.
Both plants are short, with daisy-like blossoms on single stems, although Roman Chamomile only grows a few inches from the ground, while German Blue Chamomile can reach up to 2 feet in height.
You can also distinguish Roman Chamomile from German Blue Chamomile by snipping the cone of the blossom. If it is hollow, it is Roman Chamomile. If the cone is solid, it is German Blue Chamomile.
Where it Grows:
Where It Grows: German Blue Chamomile is native to Europe and Asia.
There is a large amount of German Chamomile on the market having only a marginal anti-inflammatory effect. The reason for this is as follows: The main anti-inflammatory compound is not the chamazulene; it is a compound called alpha bisabolol. The more commonly available German Chamomile does not contain alpha bisabolol. Instead it contains alpha bisabolol oxide, which has no anti-inflammatory properties. The only very minor anti-inflammatory effect such an oil has is due to the chamazulene. Therefore, it is absolutely critical to deal with the right chemotype, which is the alpha bisabolol type.
Scent: German Blue Chamomile has a thick, herbal, warm scent that is heavier and less fruity than that of Roman Chamomile.
Blends With: Benzoin, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Jasmine, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Neroli, Patchouli, Rose, Ylang Ylang.
Composition: Chamazulene, farnesene, alpha bisabolol, en-yndicycloether.