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Chamomile Oil

Regarded as Germany's best-selling herb, chamomile is an extremely popular tea, by itself or in blends. Lending its apple scent to many herbal skin-care products, it has been used in shampoos since the days of the Vikings as it adds luster to blond hair. The Germans call it the herb that is capable of anything. The essential oil extracted from this plant is at the top of the list of the most popular essential oils. Believed to cast the most calming, soothing, and relaxing effect on the body and mind; chamomile oil has a mild sweet, herbal, and fruity aroma. It is high in -(-a)-bisabolol which promotes granulation (healing) and is also a great tissue regenerator. Further, the oil is an effective floor disinfectant.

Contemporary herbalists recommend chamomile externally to spur wound healing and treat inflammation, and internally for fever, digestive upsets, anxiety, and insomnia. Blessed with analgesic, anti bacterial, anti septic, and digestive properties; this oil can be
used to cure and control acne, blisters, boils, and so on. Chamomile essential oil when massaged with base oil can help relieve nervous tension like anxiety, fear and even mild cases of depression. Its application on the body is said to bring serenity and peacefulness.
 
Known as a miracle worker for skin, the Roman chamomile oil has a sweet, apple-like fragrance, and is very light clear blue in color with a watery viscosity. On the other hand, the German chamomile oil has a sweet, straw-like fragrance with dark blue color and medium viscosity. The essential oil of chamomile blends particularly well with Bergamot, Clary Sage, Lavender, Jasmine, Geranium, Grapefruit, Tea Tree, Rose, Lemon, Lime and Ylang-Ylang Oil.
 

History of Chamomile
The German chamomile plant is believed to be the native of Hungary, Egypt, Eastern Europe and France, while Roman chamomile is cultivated in Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Morocco and France. Unlike German chamomile (about 60 cm high), the perennial herb of Roman chamomile grows only up to 25 cm. The Egyptians had the belief that this herb was dedicated to the Sun, to cure fevers, and to the moon, for its cooling ability. They also recognized it for its soothing properties and used it in shampoos, cosmetics, and perfumes.

As a matter of fact, dried chamomile flower is an age-old medicinal drug known in ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Its popularity grew throughout the Middle Ages, when people turned to it as a remedy for numerous medical ailments- nausea, nervous

complaints, children's ailments, skin diseases and so on. (Peter Rabbit's mother dosed Peter on chamomile after he'd over-eaten in Mr. McGregor's vegetable garden).

 

Oil Extraction
Also known as English chamomile, sweet chamomile, and garden chamomile; the Roman chamomile essential oil is produced from Anthemis nobilis (Chamaemelum nobile) of the family species Asteraceae, formerly placed in the Compositae family. Extracted from Matricaria chamomilla (M. recutica) of the same family, the German chamomile essential oil is also known by the names of Blue chamomile, Hungarian chamomile, and Single chamomile. While the Roman Chamomile Oil is more calming and is a better emenagogue, the German Chamomile is a very powerful anti inflammatory due to presence of a compound called Azulene (It is a nitrogenous compound and is responsible for giving it a characteristic deep blue color).

Further, while the Roman variety is more effective for irritation, impatience and feeling disagreeable, and has great value in treating

PMS and other menstrual and menopausal problems; the German variety is superbly effective on the skin, not only to sooth and calm, but to heal and for tissue regeneration. Chamomile Oil is extracted from the flowers of the Chamomile plant which is very popular as a flowering plant. Both chamomile oils are extracted from the flowers by steam distillation, with the Roman chamomile yielding about 1.7 % from fresh flowers and German chamomile yielding about 0.2 - 0.4 %.

 

Applicable Benefits
The chief constituents of Roman chamomile oil are a-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, 1,8-cineole, y-terpinene, caryophyllene, and propyl angelate and butyl angelate. The main constituents of German chamomile oil are chamazulene, a-bisabolol, bisabolol oxide A, bisabolol oxide B and bisabolone oxide A. The health benefits of chamomile essential oil can be attributed to its properties anti spasmodic, anti septic, anti biotic, anti depressant, anti neuralgic, anti phlogistic, carminative, cholagogue, cicatrisant, emenagogue, analgesic, febrifuge, hepatic, sedative, nervine, digestive, tonic, antispasmodic, bactericidal, sudorific, stomachic, anti inflammatory, anti infectious, vermifuge, vulnerary, etc.

  • Anti Septic, Anti Biotic, Disinfectant, Bactericidal & Vermifuge: They have very good anti septic and anti biotic properties and do not let biotic infections develop. They also wipe off infections already present. These are good vermifuge too and kill all sorts of intestinal worms. If applied on hair, chamomile oil kills lice and mites, keeping hair and scalp free from infections and damage.
  • Stimulant & Anti Depressant: Both the varieties have been seen very effective in fighting depression and for raising spirit. They eliminate feeling of sadness, depression, disappointment, sluggishness, etc. and induce a sort of happy or charged feeling. Even smelling these oils can help a lot overcoming depression and bring about good mood.
  • Anti Inflammatory & Sedative: While Roman Chamomile is found effective in calming down annoyance, anger and irritation, particularly in small children. The German variety, on the other hand, is found more effective on adults for curing inflammations, particularly those in digestive and urinary system. They also reduce blood pressure and check swelling of the blood vessels.
  • Analgesic & Anti Neuralgic: They have analgesic properties and efficiently reduce pain in muscles and joints, headache, sinus, toothache, bone injuries, etc. They are also very effective in giving relief in the severe pain of Neuralgia by constricting the blood vessels surrounding the Ninth Cranial Nerve and relieving pressure on it.
  • Stomachic, Digestive and Hepatic & Cholagogue: Being stomachic, they tone up stomach and set it to proper function. They promote secretion of digestive juices into stomach and facilitate digestion. They also promote digestion. Being Hepatic (meaning good for liver), they ensure good health of liver and proper flow of bile from it. They are also Cholagogue, meaning they increase secretion of Hydrochloric Acid, bile and enzymes in stomach, thereby promoting digestion.
  • Anti Rheumatic & Anti Phlogistic: They cure dysfunctions of the circulatory system, stimulate circulation and detoxify the blood of toxins like uric acid, thereby helping cure ailments like Rheumatism, Arthritis, etc. which are caused due to improper circulation and accumulation of uric. These make them good Anti Phlogistics, the agents which reduce swelling and edema.
  • Anti Spasmodic, Relaxant & Nervine: They calm all nervous disturbances or hyper-reactions which result in convulsions, spasms, nervousness, loss of control over limbs, etc. They are Nervine, that is, keep the nerves and the nervous system in a state of good health and proper functioning.
  • Cicatrisant & Vulnerary: They are very popular in the world of cosmetics, as they diminish the scars, marks and spots on the skin and on the face (being a Cicatrisant) and also protect wounds, cuts and bruises from getting infected, thus serving as a Vulnerary.
  • Sudorific & Febrifuge: They induce profuse perspiration (being Sudorific), thus removing toxins and agents causing infections and cooling down the body, effectively giving relief in fever, thus serving as a Febrifuge.
  • Carminative: Expel gas from the intestines and stomach and also check gas formation. Both the varieties also help relax the body and lower blood pressure. They also end the chances of other risks from gas, such as trapping of gas in the wind pipe, etc.
  • Tonic: They are tonic in nature, i.e. they tone up skin, muscles, internal organs, etc.
  • Other Benefits: They are anti allergenic, help cure acne by removing toxins and cleaning Sebaceous and Eccrine glands through sweating, clean up the urinary system and the kidneys through increased urination (being diuretic), detoxify blood and increase strength as they are also fortifying in nature. They can help cure viral infections like mumps, measles etc. Can be used in mouth wash too, to keep away bad breath and eliminate oral infections. German Chamomile oil is a vasoconstrictor.
 
Few Words of Caution: As such, no specific threats are noticed with the usage of chamomile oil. However, it should be avoided if allergic to it or any other member of Ragweed Family, to which Chamomile belongs. It is also likely to cause skin irritation. Thus, pregnant women should steer clear of its dosage.
 
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