8 Awesome things you Need to Know about Chamomile
Posted on 11 December 2016
Chamomile essential oil is one of the most popular oils on the market today—and it’s not surprising why! With its naturally soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, chamomile oil can help calm many of the body’s physical ailments. Chamomile has quite a history. With historic origins in ancient Egypt, it’s been trusted by people and cultures for centuries. The ancient Greeks deemed the plant Chamomili, which means “ground apple,” most likely because Chamomile’s flowers smell similar to apple blossoms. The Romans used it in medicines, therapeutic beverages, and it was even used as aroma therapy for soldiers before going to war. Today, it is still known for its calming reputation and has been useful in treating a number of issues since. But before you buy, let’s get to know chamomile a little better. Here are eight things you need to know!
- There are different types of chamomile essential oil.
German and Roman are the two most well-known variations of Chamomile oil. While both are similar in appearance and are steam distilled, they each have a different biology. This makes them a little different from each other. German chamomile oil is a better choice for skin care products. It has a higher concentration of azulene, which is known for its anti-inflammatory effects. On the other hand, Roman chamomile is better used to calm the senses. For example, you can use this oil to get a better night’s sleep. After diluting with a carrier oil, massage Roman chamomile oil to the bottoms of your feet before you go to bed. You can wear a pair of socks to avoid slipping or getting oil stains on your bedding.
- Chamomile can relieve stress.
You’ve probably heard already that chamomile is great for relieving stress—and it is! Chamomile has been used in tea for thousands of years to promote well-being and a peaceful mind. You can add a drop or two into your own hot tea for a relaxing experience after an anxiety-filled day. Chamomile can also be diffused for a general calming effect throughout your home, creating a tranquil atmosphere. Diffusing is especially helpful for those with insomnia due to anxiety and depression.
- Chamomile relieves respiratory infection symptoms.
During the colder months, people are more susceptible to respiratory illnesses, including infections. Respiratory infections can cause inflammation in the sinuses, throat and ear. To soothe these symptoms, you can add a few drops to a vaporizer. If you don’t have a vaporizer, you can add a few drops to a boiling pot of water. After it’s nice and steamy, place a towel over the back of your head and breathe in the steam for gentle relief. Note: ask a doctor before using this treatment if you are allergic to ragweed or have asthma.
- Say goodbye to an itchy scalp!
Have a dry, itchy, scaly scalp? Try a chamomile scalp treatment! Mix a couple of drops of Roman chamomile oil with a two tablespoons of jojoba oil and rub into the scalp. You can rinse it out if you want to, or you can let it treat the scalp overnight. Chamomile is also known to lighten hair over time, so be aware!
- Babies love chamomile!
Although chamomile is super gentle, you should never use it on baby’s skin without a carrier oil. Chamomile can be used on babies of all ages, even newborns. Mix a drop with two tablespoons of a good carrier oil (such as sweet almond oil) to create a soothing massage for a grumpy or tired baby. Chamomile is also useful in relieving diaper rash. Mix a cup of distilled water with a drop or two of German chamomile oil. Store the mixture in a small spray bottle or glass jar and dab the irritated area with a cotton ball. If your baby is very fussy or upset, try adding a drop of chamomile to a cotton ball and place inside your shirt. Hold your baby nearby and the heat of your body will naturally diffuse the oil, calming your little one.
- Chamomile can be used to relieve migraine pain.
Migraines are one of the worst pains people can experience. Some people have found relief from the pain by using chamomile oil. Soak a small towel in a cup of water mixed with 4-6 drops of German chamomile oil and apply to your forehead. Go to a dark place, relax and breathe deep. You can also use a roll-on bottle method to relieve tension. Fill a roll-on bottle about 80% full with a carrier oil and then add 5 drops of chamomile, 5 drops of lavender, and a drop or two of peppermint. Apply to temples and wrists as needed.
- Chamomile blends nicely with other oils.
Many oils compliment nicely with chamomile. These include citrus oils such as orange and lemon, floral scents such as geranium and ylang-ylang, and woody oils like patchouli and frankincense. Try to get creative and create your own effect. For example, if you want a calming blend, try a drop of German chamomile, ylang-ylang, patchouli, and orange mixed with a carrier oil. The possibilities are endless!
- Chamomile is great in baths!
At the end of the day, sometimes your muscles just ache and feel strained. A common way to sooth achy muscles and joints is to take a hot bath in Epsom salts. Enhance your Epsom salt routine by adding chamomile essential oil. To make a luxurious spa-quality soak, combine 2 ½ cups of Epsom salt, 1/3 cup of baking soda, and 20 drops of chamomile in a bowl. Use ½ cup of the mixture per bath and store the rest in an airtight container. Enjoy!
Words of Safety
As you’ve read, chamomile has some amazing uses. Its gentle and soothing properties make it versatile and safe to use for all ages. Just be sure you take caution and always mix with a quality carrier oil, even if you are diffusing. Although chamomile is considered safe in the second and third trimesters, you should always ask a doctor before using an essential oil if pregnant. People with asthma or allergies to ragweed should seek medical advice before trying any remedies using this oil.