Chamomile Essential Oil: Uses and Benefits
Chamomile essential oil is typically steam distilled from the flowers of the Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) which produces a blue oil. German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) is also used to make essential oil, but is less popular. Although Roman and German chamomile are different plants, they are both effective to calm the body, mind and spirit.
Does it Matter of I Use Roman Chamomile Essential Oil or German Essential Oil?
Both Roman and German essential oil can be used and treat the same basic conditions, but there are some differences between the effectiveness of the two.
- Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
- Better calming effect
- Better for sore muscles
- German Chamomile Essential Oil
- Higher anti-inflammatory effects than Roman Chamomile
- More potent oil
Chamomile is known for a host of healing properties, namely as an immune booster for the entire body. It has been used to treat digestive problems, inflammation, lessen menstrual cramps and regulate periods, ease sore throats and allergy symptoms, soothe sore muscles, heal gum and mouth sores, bring about a sense of emotional well-being and treat liver disorders. It is also an effective treatment for skin problems and as a rinse for hair.
Chamomile reduces both stress and anxiety making you better able to face the day-to-day challenges life has to offer. It calms the nerves and brings a sense of peace and relaxation that leads to better sleep. It may also improve your relationships with others, as you learn to worry less and enjoy life more. It is thought to be effective in combating discouragement and disappointment and helps to focus the mind on the positive aspects of life.
Chamomile essential oils are thought to be an effective aid for meditation and spiritual growth. It is thought to enhance your ability to find inner peace and tune into your natural intuition. It may promote spiritual development in the psychic realm as well, as it helps you focus on the world around you and and brings clarity to the mind. Adding a few drops of chamomile oil to oil burners or diffusers before meditating may benefit your spiritual growth. When combined with clary sage, many believe it can be used as a smudge spray to dispel negative energy.
How Do You Use Chamomile Essential Oils?
Essential oils can be used in a variety of ways. Here are some common chamomile oil uses.
- Add a few drops of chamomile essential oils to your shampoo and conditioner to promote healthy hair.
- Add chamomile essential oils to skin lotions or carrier oils (such as almond or coconut oil) to apply to the skin to keep skin soft. Use this blend on dry skin as as a moisturize on your face. Chamomile also evens skin tones and promotes healthy skin.
- Rub the bottoms of your feet with the mixture before bedtime to promote restful sleep and to activate its calming and stress-relief benefits.
- Add a few drops of food grade essential oil to hot tea for a relaxing cup of tea before bed, or add to iced tea for mid-afternoon stress relief.
- Place two or three drops of chamomile essential oil on a cotton ball to use it for aromatherapy. Tuck it near your lamp so that it gets heat from the bulb. It will diffuse the scent throughout the room. You can also tuck it into drawers to freshen clothing.
Can You Combine Chamomile Essential Oils with Other Essential Oils?
Yes. Lavender essential oil makes a delightful accompaniment to chamomile essential oil as the scents blend well and both promote rest and relaxation. Try equal amounts of lavender and chamomile oil in a carrier oil, like sweet almond oil or coconut oil, and apply at bedtime to promote restful sleep. Alternately you can add a few drops of lavender and chamomile to a hot bath at the end of a busy day to soak away stress and anxiety.
Some other essential oils that blend well with chamomile oil include:
- Clary Sage
Whether you enjoy chamomile for its light apple fragrance used in aromatherapy or are looking to reap its many health benefits, always buy your essential oil from a reputable suppler. Check with your doctor before consuming chamomile essential oils and always test for allergies before using it on your skin. Those with hay fever and allergies to ragweed may be more susceptible to allergies to chamomile.