Benefits of Chamomile Essential Oil
Used in Aromatherapy:
- Uplifting. Treats and soothes anxiety disorders and depression;
- Calms annoyance, anger, irritation and temper tantrums in small children;
- Promotes good functioning of the nervous system and soothes nervous disturbances and reactions which may result in spasms, convulsions or loss of control of limbs;
- Promotes a good night’s sleep and diminishes insomnia and nightmares;
- Relieves post-natal depression;
- Can positively influence crying in babies and young children and promote relaxation, rest and sleep;
- Reduces blood pressure and prevents the swelling of blood vessels;
- Relieves the severity of pain in neuralgia, toothache, bone injuries, blocked sinuses and headaches;
- Helps with respiratory infections. Increases perspiration, expels pathogenic bacteria and normalises the body temperature, particularly when used in steam diffusion;
- Soothes the gastrointestinal tract.
- Calms skin inflammation, irritation and redness. Effective relief for wounds, cuts, burns, ulcers, bruises, rashes (including diaper rash, chicken pox, and poison ivy), general inflammation and skin disorders such as acne, eczema, dermatitis and rosacea. Shown to significantly increase healing and antibacterial activity, plus promotes the regeneration of damaged tissues from the inside out, and improves the skin’s barrier;
- Accelerates cell and tissue regeneration, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles;
- Diminishes the appearance of scars, dark spots and pigmentation;
- Relieves an itchy scalp, strengthens and restores the hair follicles, and increases elasticity. Reduces hair breakage or loss, and makes the hair shiny and strong;
- Particularly good for blond hair to add luster and shine. Can have a lightening effect on lighter or blond hair;
- Effective pain relief for the treatment of conditions such as osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, neuralgia, sciatica, migraines, plus muscle and joint ailments;
- Stimulates circulation and detoxifies the blood of toxins, remedying dysfunctions of the circulatory system. Helpful in the treatment of conditions such as rheumatism and arthritis, and to reduce swellings and edema;
- Soothes stomach and abdominal conditions such as cramps, indigestion and flatulence when applied to the area as a warm or cold compress;
- A home remedy for external haemorrhoids, helping to reduce inflammation, discomfort and pain;
- Repels ticks and flying insects including mosquitoes and flies. Soothes insect bites.
Note: Essential oils are extremely potent and must always be diluted in a natural oil (such as almond, coconut, grape seed, jojoba oil) before application to the skin, scalp or hair). Ratio: 1 drop to 5ml oil.
Do not ingest.
Application of Chamomile Essential Oil
For aromatherapy: add a few drops to a diffuser or oil burner.
For sleep disorders: use a diffuser; add to water and spritz on the pillow and sheets; apply topically to the soles of the feet, wrists and temples; or add a few drops to a warm bath.
For treatment of wounds: topical application to the affected area.
For skin and hair care: apply topically. Or add a few drops to moisturiser, body lotion, shampoo, etc.
For massage: 3 drops in 15-20 ml of base oil
Basic Properties of Chamomile Essential Oil
Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antibiotic, antidepressant, antifungal, antimicrobial, antineuralgic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, antiphlogistic, antispasmodic, antiseptic, calming, carminative, cicatrizant, digestive, febrifuge, gastro-protective, hepatic, nervine, sedative, stomachic, sudorific, tonic.
Extraction Method: Steam distillation
Parts Used: Blossoms
Aroma: Warm, herbaceous