Essential Oil: Roman Chamomile (Anthemis Nobile)
Origin: Cultivated in Spain, Italy, France, Germany
Plant Part: steam distillation from flowers
Fragrance: fresh, herbal and a little sweet. Middle note
Main Chemical Constituents: a-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, 1,8-cineole, y-terpinene, caryophyllene, and propyl angelate and butyl angelate.
Roman chamomile is a very well known oil and the most commonly used of the chamomiles. It is has an aroma that is difficult to define and is not the the taste of many people unless blended well with other oils in fairly meagre amounts. Its therapeutic properties however are far reaching. It is often used with children, not just as an essential oil but as a tea or tincture or homeopathic remedy as it has remarkable calming and settling qualities.
It’s relaxant properties apply to both emotional and physical levels – for mind it is calming and sedative – often used in sleep and relaxation blends – stills restless thoughts, relieves tension and allows room for contentment to creep in.
Physically it will relax and soften cramping muscles – very useful for period pains particularly if combined with clary sage or lavender and made into a hot compress.
For skin it is also calming and anti-inflammatory which makes it a good natural remedy for treating acne. Again combine with lavender which is balancing and soothing.