Organic Chamomile Oil, German CO2
Blue Chamomile, Matricaria.
- Certified Organic German Chamomile CO2 essential oil calms both upset stomachs and upset emotions. Beauty products infused with German Chamomile CO2 become soothing, anti-inflammatory treatments that make the skin glow and hair shine.
Farming Method Certified Organic Country of Origin Germany Plant Part Blossom Scientific Name Matricaria chamom. Application Method Bath, Diffusion, Topical
The CO2 version of German Chamomile is a thick, brown-green, spicy-scented essential oil. People who are used to the steam-distilled version at first wonder what this is all about. The deep blue color of the steam-distilled oil comes from chamazulene, an anti-inflammatory substance that is not present in the plant itself. However, the CO2-extracted oil is an even thicker essential oil than the steam-distilled, with more of a greenish hue and a milder scent. It is much more anti-inflammatory than the steam-distilled version. Its chemical composition is even more effective for treating skin conditions than steam-distilled German Blue Chamomile. It is considered a superior quality of German Chamomile Essential Oil. For further details, see the section “Dr. Streicher Says.”
While Roman Chamomile is mainly antispasmodic and has a much more pleasant scent, and therefore is more suitable for diffusion, German Chamomile’s predominant feature is its powerful anti-inflammatory quality. It is also muscle-relaxing. Naturally, the oil lends itself to Massage and Topical Application.
Following is a list of conditions German Chamomile CO2 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: Bruises, psoriasis, eczema, rashes, boils, chickenpox, dermatitis, acne, allergic reactions, burns, cuts, wounds, insect bites, toothache, teething pain, sensitive skin.
Musculoskeletal system: Gout, back pain, muscle soreness, arthritis, rheumatism, muscle spasms and cramps, neuralgia, inflammation, sciatica, bursitis, sprains.
Reproductive system: Menstrual difficulty, menstrual irregularity, PMS.
Respiratory system: Hay fever, allergies.
For use on the skin (topical use), dilute up to 3% in jojoba or hazelnut oil. For reference, 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. For acute asthma attacks, you may use 5-10% dilution.
Teething children: Local Applicaton. 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.
Hay fever and allergies: Diffusion. Note: German Chamomile does not work in the nebulizer.
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 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
Note: Depending on the climate, CO2 essential oils can sometimes not be liquid at room temperature. If this is the case, simply run the closed bottle underneath water from the hot water tap for a couple of minutes in order to liquefy it. Please be careful not to burn yourself with the hot water. Alternatively you can slowly lower the bottle into a saucepan of boiling water for a couple of minutes, but be careful not to burn yourself or to let the bottle touch the bottom of the saucepan.
German Chamomile CO2 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 also 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 Chamomile CO2 is heavier, spicier and earthier than that of Roman Chamomile.
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.
There is a large amount of German Chamomile on the market that has 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.
There is an additional benefit in using the CO2-extracted version. The precursor molecule for the chamazulene (which forms during steam distillation), is called matricine. However, the breakdown from matricine to chamazulene does not occur during CO2 extraction, and matricine’s anti-inflammatory properties are about 10 times as strong as those of chamazulene. The CO2-extracted form of German Chamomile is therefore the ultimate choice for a potent remedy.
Scent: German Chamomile has a thick, herbal, warm scent that is heavier and less fruity than that of Roman Chamomile. With the extraction, the essential oil of German Chamomile CO2 has a milder scent than the steam-distilled version, which is called German Blue Chamomile. Note that German Chamomile cannot be called blue in color when processed with CO2.
Blends With: Benzoin, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Jasmine, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Neroli, Patchouli, Rose, Ylang Ylang.
Composition: Chamazulene, chamazulene, dihydrochamaulene, farnesol, alpha bisabolol.