Like Peter Rabbit, you have probably at some point sipped some Chamomile tea to ease your tummy or help you sleep.
Roman Chamomile, Chamaemelum nobile, is best known for the above properties. Different from German Chamomile, Matricaria recutita, which is high in oxides, and Moroccan Chamomile, Ormenis multicaulis, which is high in alcohols and should not be confused with Roman, this oil has a balancing and antispasmodic effect.
In a tight, stressful, spasmodic condition or for digestive issues accompanied by abdominal pain, this it the go-to-oil.
It is extremely important to know the proper Genus and species of your oil to assure you are using the right oil for your specific issue. Only buy Essential Oils that are marked with that information, and that are reputable companies who are known for high standards. I would go so far as to say, stick with companies who provide you with Gas Chromatography Analysis charts so you are sure to have the most helpful chemical components in your oils for optimum safety for you or your clients.
Roman Chamomile provides pain relief, reduces inflamation, and kills bacteria. As a oil high in Esters, it is antispasmodic, releiving spasms and cramps. It inhibits growth of viruses, is calming to the central nervous system, stimulates digestion and restores and strengthens vitality.
As a rule of thumb, Essential Oils should never be used on babies, and although we would suggest using Roman Chamomile in it’s hydrosol form, one drop of this oil- mixed with an ounce of lotion, could be used to massage a baby’s tummy to relieve colic.
Also helpful for PMS and mood swings…..and the hydrosol so gentle and healing for irritated skin. For menstrual cramps, at a 2% dilution (15-18 drops in 1 ounce of cream or carrier oil) use some Lavender, angustifolia, maybe Ylang Ylang or Bergamot as well, massaging belly several times a day.
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