Essential oil profile: Chamomile

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Among my favourite essential oils are Chamomiles.

In aromatherapy, the two most frequently used Chamomile essential oils are Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) and German Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla).

Roman Chamomile is a perennial plant that grows low to the ground; it’s used to make fragrant lawns.

German Chamomile is an annual; it’s the one you’ll find in herbal teas.

The essential oils of each chamomile variety are composed of different chemicals but both types are highly valued for their medicinal properties and their ability to balance and relax us.

At The Woodway, I use both Roman and German Chamomile essential oils in face and body treatments. They’re soothing and gentle and safe for everyone, including pregnant and nursing mothers and children.

German Chamomile essential oil is anti-inflammatory, which makes it useful in treating inflamed skin.

Roman Chamomile is also anti-inflammatory, so it too works for skin complaints; however, its real magic lies in the esters it contains.

Esters are anti-spasmodic chemicals that are useful in treating nervous conditions, including insomnia, headaches and body pains associated with stress.

You can imagine, if a facial massage or a body treatment involves Roman Chamomile you’ll soon forget your worries and relax away your pains.

Essential oils can be very useful to have on hand at home. To help you get started, I’ve listed a few simple ways to incorporate Roman and German Chamomiles into the everyday.

Remember, when it comes to essential oils, more is not better. Use in the amounts indicated, and test for skin sensitivity, if you tend to be delicate.

A healing balm:

To 1 tbsp Aloe Vera gel add 2 drops German Chamomile EO and apply to irritated or sun or wind burned skin.

For Insomnia:

Add 6 drops of Roman Chamomile EO to warm bath water and relax in it for a 1/2 hour before bed.


Put a single drop of Roman Chamomile EO on the base of each foot a 1/2 hour before bed.

To relieve sprains or sore muscles:

Add 4 drops Roman Chamomile EO to a cold compress and apply to painful area.

To ease stress:

Use a diffuser with 3 drops of Roman Chamomile EO added to the water.

Boost you face and body creams:

You can add 2 or 3 drops of German or Roman Chamomile EO to your prepared face and body creams to give them a gentle, anti-inflammatory boost.


Have fun with German and Roman Chamomile essential oils, and let me know how they work for you.

Or visit The Woodway for a relaxing Chamomile treatment. It’s always my pleasure to help you look and feel your best.

Heather : )

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