Essential Oils – Chamomile, Roman
Roman Chamomile has to be my favorite smelling essential oil! It has just the right amount of sweetness and it’s a little bit fruity. Say you have a bunch of dried chamomile tea and are not sure if it’s German or Roman chamomile. What you can do is split the flowering head open in the middle and if it’s solid, it’s Roman; if hollow, it’s German. Ancient Romans use Roman chamomile oil during war for mental clarity and courage.
Name of Oil: Chamomile, Roman
Latin Name: Anthemis nobilis
Countries of Origin: France and Morocco
Historical Use: The Ancient Egyptians dedicated this flower to the sun and moon. It’s also been used in shampoos, cosmetics and perfumes.
General Growth, Habitat: Perennial herb that grows to 25 cm high. It has hair stems, featheray pinnate leaves and daisy-like flowers.
Parts Used in Distillation: Flowering heads.
Scent: Sweet, calming, fruity.
Uses: Insomnia, anxiety, skin conditions, ADHD, and shock.
Emotional Use: Calming and relaxing.
Safety: A high concentration may further irritate inflamed skin; avoid during pregnancy.
- For migraines or headaches, diffuse Roman chamomile in a diffuser and inhale the lovely scent
- To combat insomnia, add a few drops of Roman chamomile to your bathwater and enjoy it’s relaxing and soothing properties
- If you’d rather not have a bath before bed, add a few drops of Roman chamomile to a tissue or handkerchief and inhale the aroma as you settle down to sleep
Until next time, discover the power of welcoming essential oils into your life.
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Roman Chamomile Essential Oil: Uses, Benefits, and Precautions. (n.d.). Sustainable Baby Steps. Retrieved from http://www.sustainablebabysteps.com/roman-chamomile-essential-oil.html.