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A2Z 2020 — essential oils — C — chamomile

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The word Chamomile comes from the Greek meaning “ground apple”, probably because of its apple-like fragrance.  The Romans used Chamomile for incense. Roman Chamomile gained its name, not from ancient Rome, but because a 19th century plant collector found some growing on the ruins of the coliseum in Rome.  Chamomile was used in ancient Egypt for fevers and was dedicated to their Sun God Ra. To the Anglo Saxons, it was one of the nine herbs charm. — from Witchipedia

 

Chamomile – 3 main types (look for name and color)

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German – matricaria recutita                                                       image link

Germanmatricaria recutita – dark blue liquid
Good for: pain relief, inflammation, fever, rheumatism, arthritis, muscle spasm, neuralgia, endometriosis, menstrual cramps, detoxifying, abdominal cramps, stomach ache, inflamed skin, infected skin, wounds, rashes, psoriasis, eczema, acne, pimples, chillblains
Warnings: none known

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Maroc – ormenis multicaulis                                        Maroc essential oil

Marocormenis multicaulis, known as mixta or wild chamomile – greenish yellow liquid – from Morocco
Good for: muscle spasms, menstrual cramps, intestinal cramps, migraine, headache, nervousness, irritability, anxiety.
Warnings: none known

Image result for Roman – anthemis nobilis chamomile                                        Roman — anthemis nobilis

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Roman chamomile essential oil

Romananthemis nobilis – pale blue to blue-green liquid
Good for: muscle spasms, rheumatism, cramps, rashes, acne, eczema, psoriasis, skin irritation, inflammatory skin infection, sunburn, dental and teething problems, insect bites and stings, insomnia, anxiety, nervousness, depression, stress-related conditions
Warnings: none known

RECIPE

Relaxing Essential Oil Bath Blend
Ylang Ylang 2 drops
Orange, Sweet 2 drops
Lavender, 1 drop
Chamomile, Roman 1 drop
Sweet almond oil (carrier oil) 2 teaspoons

Mix together. Makes enough for 2 baths.

–from The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy, by Valerie Worwood

GRAS (spelled camomile on the chart) by the FDA

55 thoughts on “A2Z 2020 — essential oils — C — chamomile

  1. I love chamomile. I use the classic infuse and I find it so relaxing.
    Bit this is something I find funny. Some people find chamomile stressing. Both my sister and my boss say if they drink chamomile, they become agitated.
    Funny.

    @JazzFeathers
    The Old Shelter – Living the Twenties

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  2. You have the bible! That’s a lovely bath recipe. I miss my essential oil infused baths, but water is too scarce here for such indulgence. However, I drink chamomile tea in the afternoon which seems to help me relax into my writing.

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    1. Chris, I bought the bible upon your recommendation. I wouldn’t have been able to do this series without it! I just added it as a category to tag with every post. Not every post has info from it, but most do. I’m so sorry you aren’t able to use water for a whole tub 😦

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  3. I have a friend who is a fan of Chamomile tea. So to date, I knew it as the flavoring agent for food or drinks. And now this post has added to my knowledge.
    Wonder if this Chamomile oil can be used for body massage? If yes, I can request my spa to give me Chamomile oil for my next body massage date!

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    1. I’m sure it can, but you should never put essential oils directly on the skin, except in rare cases. It needs to be diluted first with a “carrier oil” like sweet almond oil. If you get the chamomile blend massage, let me know how it is!

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  4. Once again, I learned something new. I did not know that there was a maroc variety. Chamomile is one of my favorite smells. I like the chamomile tea for its soothing qualities. I haven’t drank any in a while though because I drink so much other tea daily for medicinal purposes. I make it from the flowers though. As I already said, I have never ingested any essential oil.

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  5. Thanks for the timely information about that wonderful natural medicinal flower/plant! It brought back memories of chamomile tea, which I was given when I had a stomach ache or sour stomach as a child OR when I had a cold or whatever. Chamomile tea with honey is a really wonderful drink! I’m ‘borrowing’ your recipe for that bath relaxant too. 🙂 Great ‘C” choice! 😀

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  6. I grow the perennial Roman chamomile just for the pretty flowers, and to have yet another herb in my “collection!” The wild chamomile came up as a volunteer last year. We also call it pineappleweed.

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  7. Chamomile is one of my favorite teas. It’s also very tasty when mixed with spearmint and lemon grass. I started drinking it when I was looking for a way to take fewer NSAIDs for menstrual cramps. It does help, or it might be the extra fluid that’s being taken in because you have to drink quite a bit to feel the benefit. xD

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