Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

Chamaemelum Nobile

Roman Chamomile Essential Oil can provide you with mental, physical, and even spiritual support. Its calming and relaxing properties make it a great oil to defuse at bed time or to add to a relaxing bath.

It also assists in many other areas of life including your digestive system, inflammation, pain management, respiratory as well as skin care.

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What is Chamomile Essential Oil?

Lets start with some basic information; a brief description of where the oil comes from, what it contains and how it is obtained. The following information is provided by Bill Fifield in his book "Integrated Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy".

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About Chamomile Essential Oil

Family:   Asteraceae (Compositae)
Origins:  Originally from southwestern Europe. Now grown in North America, England, Belgium, Hungary, Italy, and France. Chamaemelum nobile and Anthemis nobilis are the same plant.
Other Names:  German chamomile, English chamomile, garden chamomile, sweet chamomile, true chamomile.
Description:  Small perennial herb with daisy-like flowers that are larger than those of German chamomile. Smells like apples.
Extraction:  Essential oil by steam distillation. The oil is pale blue.
Botanical Part Used:   Flowers

Principal Constituents: esters, isobutyle, angelate, pinocarvone, and others

Integrated Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy
by Bill Fifield  (forward by Dr. Daniel Penoel)

Roman Chamomile is often referred to as the “plant’s physician” because it benefits and helps nourish neighboring plants.

Roman Chamomile vs German Chamomile

Most people prefer the smell of Roman Chamomile Essential Oil but German Chamomile does have a beautiful sweet herbal chamomile aroma as well.

If you are looking for a strong anti-inflammatory oil, your best bet would be to go with German Chamomile,

but...

If great emotional applications are what you want, you should choose Roman Chamomile

In either case, both oils have wonderful attributes and I suggest you look at them all before you make your final choice.

Check out German Chamomile (Opens a new window for comparison)

Methods of Application

Caution:

  • Possible skin sensitivity
  • Consult your physician before using if pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition
  • Avoid your eyes, mucous membranes and sensitive skin
  • Keep out of the reach of children
  • Aromatically - Can be inhaled or diffused into the air
  • Topical - Can be applied to the skin (may require dilution with a carrier oil)
  • Internal - Can be taken internally in foods or beverages
  • Neat - Can be taken at full strength without dilution

Suggested Uses

Allergies

Rub Roman Chamomile Essential Oil into your palms and inhale to ease seasonal allergies such as itchy eyes, runny nose or sneezing.

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Acid Reflux

Roman Chamomile Essential oil has antispasmodic properties that can relieve digestive issues, such as gas, leaky gut, acid reflux, indigestion, diarrhea and vomiting.

Combine with a carrier oil in a 50:50 blend and put a few drops in a veggie cap to consume with meals 3 times a day.

The same 50:50 blend can be used in a massage whenever you feel any abdominal discomfort.

Other Oils for Acid Reflux

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Arthritis

Roman Chamomile Essential Oil can be combined with a carrier oil in a 50:50 blend and massaged into painful areas to ease arthritis pain.

It can also be used in a relaxing bath. Just add 10 drops to a cup of Epsom salts and add to the water while the tub is filling.

Other Oils for Arthritis

Main Page - Arthritis Relief

Depression

Roman Chamomile Essential Oil, well known for its ability to calm and relax, reduce irritability, increase patience and is a great addition to any depression remedy.

Add a few drops to a cup of Epsom Salts in a nice warm bath. 

Massage a 50:50 blend of Roman Chamomile and carrier oil such as aloe and fractionated coconut on the back of your neck, your sinuses, chest, shoulders, abdomen and feet.

Take a 50:50 blend of oil and fractionated coconut in a veggie cap once a day with a meal.  

Diffusing Roman chamomile twice a day will help with:

Other Oils for Depression

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Digestive System

Take a Gelatin cap containing a 50:50 blend of Roman Chamomile and carrier oil, with food, 3 times a day to eliminate intestinal parasites. 

Roman Chamomile Essential Oil can be used internally, aromatically as well as topically to address many of your digestive system concerns. 

Combine it with a carrier oil in a 50:50 blend and put a few drops in a veggie cap to consume with meals:

  • 3 times a day to ease nausea, colic, indigestion, gas, etc.
  • 1 times a day to stimulate digestion and cleanse your liver by increasing your white blood cell count

The same 50:50 blend can be used in a massage whenever you feel any abdominal discomfort.

Nausea can also be relieved by diffusing 20 drops of Roman Chamomile Essential Oil into the room or inhaling from a tissue.

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Emotional Balance

Effects of aromatherapy on the anxiety, vital signs, and sleep quality of percutaneous coronary intervention patients in intensive care units
Cho MY1, Min ES, Hur MH, Lee MS.

Roman Chamomile Essential Oil is well known for its ability to calm and relax.

Childhood Tantrums - Roman Chamomile is very mild yet effective for use with children. 

You can diffuse it or place a few drops on a cotton ball or handkerchief and pin it to their pajamas so that they can inhale it. 

It is very effective at calming tantrums and anger as well as assisting restless children get a good night’s sleep.

Restless Sleep - Reduce irritability and increase patience by: 

  • adding a few drops of Roman Chamomile oil to some Epsom salts in your bath, 
  • inhaling it, or 
  • massaging a 50:50 blend of Roman Chamomile and carrier oil on the back of your neck, your sinuses, chest, shoulders, abdomen and feet.

Take the same 50:50 blend in a veggie cap once a day with a meal.  

Diffusing Roman chamomile twice a day will help with:

Treat shock - place a few drops on your palms, a tissue or handkerchief, and inhale. 

Other Oils for Emotional Balance

Hair Care

Of the two types of chamomile oil, Roman and German, the Roman Chamomile seems to work best for hair growth.

Chamomile Essential Oil is great for natural hair care because it has the ability to condition your hair and protect it from the damage caused by pollutants in our environment.

Using this oil will add shine and softness to your hair while at the same time protecting the health of your scalp.

This oil is naturally soothing and has anti-inflammatory properties which can relieve dryness, itchiness, dandruff, psoriasis and dermatitis when massaged directly on your scalp.

It is non greasy so it can be used frequently and can be left in your hair to continue protecting you throughout the day.

To use chamomile essential oil for hair growth, create a blend using 3 drops of oil with 2 tablespoons of jojoba carrier oil. Wash your hair first, then massage the blend into your scalp.

For a conditioning rinse after washing, use 10 drops in a quart of warm water. It tends to lighten your hair color and can add a golden shine to it.

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Headache/Migraine

Chamomile is well known for its ability to calm and relax your nerves so you shouldn't be surprised to hear that Chamomile Essential Oil works wonders in treating a stress related headache.

Chamomile oil also contains anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties which are known to relieve neuralgic pain.

Diffuse twice a day or apply a couple drops on a tissue/cotton ball and inhale directly. 

You can also add a few drops to some Epsom salts and take a nice relaxing bath. Adding the Epsom salts is especially effective for severe migraine as it will increase your magnesium levels.  

Other Oils for Headache/Migraine

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Main Page - Migraine Remedy

Hemorrhoids

Chamomile Essential Oil has been proven to be one of the best remedies for healing hemorrhoids. It's natural analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties prevent itchiness and pain from occurring while at the same time encouraging the swollen blood vessels to retract.

Chamomile Oil also has wound healing properties which can stimulate the growth of new tissue in the rectum.

It is also safe to use on children that may suffer from diarrhea or colic.

For a safe topical application dilute with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil or aloe and coconut and apply directly to the area of concern.

Combined with witch hazel in a compress for an easy application.

For internal application add a drop of Chamomile Oil to a cup of Chamomile Tea or a gelatin capsule.

Other Oils for Hemorrhoids

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Inflammation

Roman Chamomile Essential Oil can be combined with a carrier oil in a 50:50 blend and massaged into painful areas to ease:

  • arthritis
  • inflamed joints
  • muscle pain
  • neuralgia
  • rheumatism
  • sprains

It can also be used in a relaxing bath. Just add 10 drops to a cup of Epsom salts and add to the water while the tub is filling.

Other Oils for Inflammation

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Insomnia

For an insomnia remedy that improves a restless sleep, reduces irritability and increases patience: 

  • add a few drops of Roman Chamomile oil to some Epsom salts in a relaxing bath, 
  • diffuse it twice a day, or 
  • massage a 50:50 blend of Roman Chamomile and carrier oil on the back of your neck, your sinuses, chest, shoulders, abdomen and feet.
  • Take the same 50:50 blend in a veggie cap once a day with a meal.  

For even better results include some Clary Sage with your Roman Chamomile.

Other Oils for Insomnia

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Mouth

Roman Chamomile Essential Oil can be used to relieve the pain of a toothache. Simply use a cotton swab to apply the oil to your gums.

Other Oils for Mouth

Pain Management

Note: Roman Chamomile is a powerful antispasmodic.

Roman Chamomile Essential Oil can be massaged directly on small areas of concern but for larger applications (such as on your lower abdomen) use a 50:50 blend with a carrier oil to ease:

  • menstrual flow
  • menopausal symptoms
  • menstruation

To increase effectiveness, follow up with a warm damp cloth and heating pad.

The same blend can be used to soothe and relax sore muscles as well as respiratory, nerve and digestive spasms.

This 50:50 blend can also be consumed with food once a day in a veggie cap available from Amazon.

For teething pain apply undiluted to the gums.

For an earache you can apply the oil undiluted around the outside of your ear. 

Warning: Never apply an essential oil to the inside of your ear.

Respiratory System

Rub Roman Chamomile oil into your palms and inhale to promote normal respiratory function

Other Oils For Your Respiratory System

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Skin Treatment

To treat small areas of concern Roman Chamomile Essential Oil can be applied undiluted. For larger areas you should combine it with a carrier oil in a 50:50 blend.

When used this way you can treat a large variety of skin conditions such as: 

  • cuts
  • dermatitis
  • eczema
  • infections*
  • inflammation
  • insect bites
  • rashes
  • sensitive skin

If you are treating an infection you can increase absorption by adding a warm damp cloth, a dry cloth and a heating pad (in that order) over the oil once it has been applied

Other Oils for Your Skin

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Stress Management

Roman Chamomile Essential Oil can be used to reduce irritability and increase patience. 

Add a few drops of to a cup of Epsom salts in a nice warm bath. 

Massage a 50:50 blend of Roman Chamomile and carrier oil on the back of your neck, your sinuses, chest, shoulders, abdomen and feet.

Take the same 50:50 blend in a veggie cap once a day with a meal.  

Diffuse 10 drops into your environment.

Other Oils for Stress

Main Page - Stress Management

Women's Issues

Roman Chamomile Essential Oil can be massaged directly on small areas of concern but for larger applications (such as on your lower abdomen) use a 50:50 blend with a carrier oil to ease:

  • menstrual flow
  • menopausal symptoms
  • menstruation

Other Oils for Women's Issues

Combine with Other Oils

Blends well with:

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