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Essential Oil Spotlight: Roman Chamomile


Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile or Anthemis nobilis) essential oil is steam-distilled from flowers in the compositae family. This oil is known for its fresh, sweet, fruity-herbaceous, apple-like aroma.

Roman chamomile oil has anti-infectious, antiparasitic, antispasmodic, calming, and relaxing health properties. Historically, this oil was used by the Romans to give them a clear mind and empower them with courage. According to Roberta Wilson, “Chamomile was nicknamed the ‘plant’s physician’ because it supposedly cured any ailing plant near it.”

This oil primarily affects emotional balance, the nervous system, and the skin. Some of its primary uses include allergies (airborne), anxiety, diaper rash, dry skin, muscle spasms, shock, and wounds. Roman chamomile can also be used for cleansing the blood and liver, bruises, cuts, depression, insomnia, calming nerves, eczema, rashes, and fevers.

Aromatically, Roman chamomile is calming and relaxing and can combat depression, insomnia, and stress. It can eliminate some of the emotional charge of anxiety, irritability, and nervousness. It may also be used to soothe and clear the mind, creating an atmosphere of peace and patience.

Safety Data: Roman chamomile is recognized as safe for human consumption, but should not be taken internally by children under 6, and should be used in greater dilution for children 6 or older. When used topically, this oil is great for children and is known to calm crying, ease earaches, fight fevers, soothe stomachaches and colic, and relieve toothaches and teething pain. This oil may irritate sensitive skin when applied topically.

Ways to Use Roman Chamomile Essential Oil:

  1. Chicken pox can be really uncomfortable, so anything that can ease the itching is a welcome relief. Combine 10 drops lavender and 10 drops Roman chamomile essential oil with 1/2 cup (120 ml) calamine lotion. Mix together, and apply a small amount twice a day over affected areas.
  2. Roll-on blends are an easy way to apply oils directly on location, especially in cases where you need to apply the oil frequently. Just add the essential oils to a 10 ml roll-on bottle, and fill the remainder with a carrier oil.
    Diaper Rash
    2 drops Roman chamomile
    2 drops lavender
    2 tsp. (10 ml) Fractionated Coconut Oil
    Apply a small amount to the affected area as needed.
    Nursing Relief
    3 drops lavender
    2 drops geranium
    1 drop Roman chamomile
    2 tsp. (10 ml) Sweet Almond Oil
    Apply a small amount around the breasts to help soothe. Wash off before feeding your baby.
  3. Baths are a simple way to relax and soak up the healing effects of essential oil. Roman chamomile is perfect for baths because of its fresh scent and its ability to relieve anxiety and muscle tension. Combine 2 drops lavender and 2 drops Roman chamomile with 1/2 cup (120 g) epsom salt. Add this mixture to warm bathwater for a relaxing bath.
  4. There’s nothing like a good diffuser blend with Roman chamomile to lift your spirits and ease tension. Here are some easy diffuser blends you can try!
    5 drops lavender
    3 drops Roman chamomile
    Flowers Aplenty
    3 drops lavender
    2 drops geranium
    1 drop Roman chamomile
    Woody Fresh
    2 drops lavender
    2 drops cedarwood
    2 drops eucalyptus
    2 drops Roman chamomile
    2 drops lavender
    2 drops Roman chamomile
    1 drop marjoram
  5. Roman chamomile is great for soothing bee stings. Combine 2 drops Roman chamomile with 1/4 tsp. (1.5 g) baking soda and a few drops of water to make a paste. Scrape stinger from the skin if still there, and apply paste on location. Cover with a cool, damp cloth; hold on location for 5–10 minutes.

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