The word “chamomile” comes from Greek language and means “ground apple,” because the plant grows close to the ground, and has an apple like fragrance.

Chamomile was originally documented as a medicinal herb by Egyptians in the Ebers Medical Papyrus in 1550 B.C. They dedicated the power of chamomile to the sun and worshiped it above all other herbs. Throughout the world the fragrant aroma and satisfying taste of chamomile has endured to become a healing oil and a classic tea enjoyed by everyone.

The essential oil is steam distilled from the daisy-like flowers that are gathered and dried during the summer months. There are two varieties of chamomile commonly used in herbal preparations for internal use: Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile), which is native to Europe and the Mediterranean region; and German chamomile (Matricaria recutita), which is native to southern Europe, northern Africa and parts of Asia and most commonly cultivated in the United States. It should be noted that most of the studies conducted using chamomile used the German variety. Both species have some shared properties and are often used interchangeably.

After distillation, the oil ranges in color from blue to deep green when fresh, but turns to dark yellow after storage. It’s an amazing aspect of nature that the beautiful bluish hue of chamomile is prized for relieving the blues. It is the perfect essential oil for taking time out to relax, bringing serenity to weary nerves.

Skin Care/Hair Care
Chamomile contains azulene – which has antiseptic properties and helps cleanse the pores of impurities and reduces puffiness under the eyes. Using the oil in a lotion or a few drops in your favorite carrier oil can help skin conditions, such as rashes, abrasions and bruises. The oil is also one of the most popular ingredients in shampoos, as it heals the scalp and is used to add highlights to light brown or blonde hair, and gives hair a silky sheen.

Important Properties
It has anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties that help to calm aggravated muscles of the stomach and intestines and helps repair other gastrointestinal tract lining conditions, as well as diminish the discomfort of menstrual cramps.

For oral care, it works to help fight against gum disease and mouth sores due to its mild anti-bacterial properties. It can also be used as an eyewash to brighten the eyes, to soothe the irritability of tired eyes, and promote the healing of conjunctivitis (“pink eye” viral infection).

As a Sedative
Chamomile is one of the best oils for a warm bath after a long stressful day, as it calms the spirit. It is not surprising that the sedating effects of chamomile are excellent for those who suffer from insomnia and other sleep disorders. The aromatic charm and beauty of chamomile brings you to a full stop; to reflect on the most important things in life.

Did you know?
Spiritually, chamomile is considered to be the plant of hope!

Known as a “Plant’s Physician” – it is said that if you have a plant that is drooping or sick, planting chamomile beside it will help it to recover.

Quick Facts/Tips/Recipes
Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) other name: English chamomile
German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) other name: Blue chamomile

To fight anxiety and depression or insomnia diffuse 5-7 drops, or inhale it directly from the bottle.

Chamomile Facial Mist
4 ounces distilled water
8 drops of German chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
4 ounce spray bottle

Place all of the ingredients in a glass bowl. Pour the mixture into a 4 ounce spray bottle. Place the cap on bottle tightly and shake well. Store in refrigerator. Spray on skin when needed.

Know your oils. Chamomile essential oil is very costly. Please purchase from a trusted source. A small .5 ounce bottle of Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) or German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) usually range between $30-$40.

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