Chamaemelum nobile or Anthemis nobilis
Botanical Family: Compositae (daisy)
Extraction Method: Steam distillation from flowers
Common Primary Uses: Bee/Hornet Stings, Calming, Club Foot, Dysentery, Hyperactivity, Insomnia, Menopause, Muscle Spasms, Neuralgia, Neuritis, Parasites, Rashes, Sciatica, Shock, Skin (Dry), Sore Nipples
Common Application Methods: Roman Chamomile can be applied neat (with no dilution), or dilute 1:1 (1 drop essential oil to 1 drop carrier oil) for children and for those with sensitive skin when using topically.
Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly.
Take in capsules.
Properties: Anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiparasitic, antispasmodic, calming, and relaxing.
Historical Uses: Roman Chamomile was traditionally used by the ancient Romans to give them a clear mind and to empower them with courage for their battles. According to Roberta Wilson, “Chamomile was nicknamed the ‘plant’s physician’ because it supposedly cured any ailing plant placed near it.”
French Medicinal Uses: Intestinal parasites, neuritis, neuralgia, shock (nervous).
Other Possible Uses: Chamomile neutralizes allergies and increases the ability of the skin to regenerate. It is a cleanser of the blood and also helps the liver to reject poisons and to discharge them. This oil may help with allergies, bruises, cuts, depression, insomnia, muscle tension, nerves (calming and promoting nerve health), restless legs, and skin conditions such as acne, boils, dermatitis, eczema, rashes, and sensitive skin. Chamomile is mild enough to use on infants and children. For centuries, mothers have used chamomile to calm crying children, ease earaches, fight fevers, soothe stomachaches and colic, and relieve toothaches and teething pain. It can safely and effectively reduce irritability and minimize nervousness in children, especially hyperactive children.
Body System(s) Affected: Emotional Balance, Nervous System, Skin.
Aromatic Influence: Because it is calming and relaxing, it can combat depression, insomnia, and stress. It eliminates 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.
Oral Use As Dietary Supplement: Roman chamomile oil is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for human consumption by the FDA (21CFR182.20). Dilute one drop oil in 1 tsp. honey or in 4 oz. of beverage (i.e. soy/rice milk). Not for children under 6 years old; use with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years old and over.
Safety Data: Can irritate sensitive skin.
Blend Classification: Personifier
Blends With: Lavender, rose, geranium, and clary sage.