There is two species of chamomile – German chamomile and Roman chamomile – both belong to the Asteraceae family and share similar properties.
German Chamomile is similar in appearance to Roman chamomile, except that is taller (it grows about two feet tall) and its flowers have smaller heads and fewer petals. German chamomile has a characteristic deep blue of bluish-green colour. This colour comes from its high content of azulene, a chemical component that is produced during the distillation process and that also have a strong anti-inflammatory action.
The fine, feathery leaves of the Roman chamomile plant surround tiny daisy-like flowers that are white with bright yellow centers. Steam distillation of flowers renders a yellow essential oil.
Calming, soothing, clearing, flushing, cleansing and relaxing
Can be used for healing skin problems; prevents or destroys, kills bacteria, promotes the formation of scar tissue, widely used to treat skin disorders, insect bites, cuts and boils; fights irritations and speed up the recovery process; relieves injuries such as bruises, inflamed tendons, sprains, and swollen or overexerted muscles; it soothes muscle pain and joints; for female disorder such as painful or irregular periods, scanty periods, and premenstrual irritability; helps alleviate feelings of depression, irritability, and stress; can treat symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome; increases the flow of urine, stimulate bile production and aids digestion, stimulates and strengthens the liver, and tone digestive system; relieves mental stain, stress
Chamomile oil soothes dry or sensitive skin. With regular treatment, it can reduce the redness of fragile or broken capillaries. Chamomile oil softens and soothes tight, dry and itchy skin. The antiallergenic properties will benefit those who suffer from allergic skin reactions and relieves the discomfort of skin disorders. It may reduce dryness, itching, redness, and sensitivity in the irritated and inflamed skin. Chamomile oil conditions the hair and scalp and adds shine, silk lines, and luster to the hair.
German chamomile is stronger in smell than Roman chamomile oil, has a sweet, slightly fruity, slightly spicy scent that is almost intoxicating. It may also be used to soothe and clear the mind, creating an atmosphere of peace and patience.
Steam distillation of flowers renders a yellow essential oil with a sweet, warm, herbaceous scent. Because it is calming and relaxing, chamomile can combat depression, insomnia, and stress.
Blends Well With
Lavender, rose, geranium, clary sage
German Chamomile: Mild (2-8 hours)
Roman Chamomile: None
Dilution Ratio: Neat
- For age 0-1, use 1 drop of essential oil to 8-10 drop of carrier oil. For age 2-6, use 1 drop of essential oil to 2-4 drops of carrier oil. For age 7-11, use 1 drop of essential oil to 1 drop of carrier oil. And age 12 and above, neat application is safe
Apply 2-4 drops on area of concern
Apply to chakras and/or Vita Flex Points
Inhale directly or diffuse
Do not use during pregnancy
German chamomile oil, even when applied topically, can pose an interaction problem with certain drugs, including some analgesic, antiarrhythmic, antipsychotic and antidepressant medications, as well as those containing estrogen or serotonin. When in doubt, use Roman chamomile.