German Chamomile

Matricaria chamomile

This Chamomile is often referred to as blue chamomile because of its gorgeous deep blue colour. This colour comes from the chamazulene chemical components formed from matricin during steam distillation of the flowers. German Chamomile oil has a delightful sweet, herbaceous scent. It is not everyone’s cup of tea, but it certainly is one of my favourite oils.

This beautiful oil has lovely calming, antispasmodic and mildly sedative properties, making it a perfect oil to use in baby products.  It is also anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. It penetrates deep into the skin and these beneficial properties help restore and soothe irritated skin, burns, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and allergies. Used in a neutral lotion or carrier oil as a tummy massage, will help relieve cramps and ease an unsettled stomach which again makes it wonderful to use on little ones. It is often used to relieve gastritis, diarrhoea, colitis, peptic ulcers, wind, and irritable bowel syndrome.

Emotionally, Chamomile German is very soothing and helps calm anxiety, tension, fear and anger. It is also helpful with insomnia and promotes feelings of peace and relaxation. Add three drops to a warm bath with two drops of Lavender and two drops of Rose for a gentle, easy start to a restful evening.

In a massage blend, German Chamomile helps ease dull muscular pain, especially low back pain. It is also useful for headaches, migraines, neuralgia and earache.

To use in a massage blend for aching joints and tense muscles, blend two drops of German Chamomile oil and two drops of Rosemary oil into two tablespoons of Sweet Almond Oil.
For easing menstrual cramps add two drops of German chamomile and two drops of Lavender oil to two tablespoons of Sweet Almond oil and massage into lower abdomen and lower back.

German Chamomile blends well with Bergamot, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Palmarosa, Rose, Ylang Ylang

Warnings:
Never use during pregnancy, as German Chamomile is an emmenagogue and may induce menstruation or premature labour.
Avoid if you are taking anticoagulant drugs or blood thinners.

Always do an allergy test on your skin before using essential oils. Apply on a small portion onto your skin and wait for an hour or two to determine any negative reaction.