CHAMOMILE GERMAN

(Matricaria recutita)

If you’re new to aromatherapy you might be surprised to learn there are a few different types of Chamomile out there, and while they can share some qualities they don’t all provide the same benefits. German Chamomile is a plant that’s native to Europe and Asia but is heavily cultivated today in Hungary, France and Egypt to name just a few countries. It’s a great oil that can help treat certain skin issues because it contains a compound called chamazulene which is an anti-inflammatory.


Aromatic Profile
Where the chamomile plant has an apple-like aroma, the essential oil that is distilled from the flowers smells sweet, fruity, crisp and fresh. Blends well with geranium, neroli, lavender, lemon, ylang ylang, jasmine, clary sage, patchouli and rose.


Uses
Similarly to Roman Chamomile, this oil is a mild nerve sedative which calms the body and mind which can help insomnia, stress, headaches and lower anxiety. Its anti-inflammatory properties make German Chamomile extremely useful for dealing with pain associated with arthritis, inflamed joints, muscle pains, sprains and even tooth aches. It can also help in assisting with digestive system issues like nausea, indigestion, diarrhea and colic.


Safety

  • Non-toxic
  • Non-irritant
  • Can be used with children when used as directed

References

    Lawless, J 2013, The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, Conari Press, San Francisco.

    McDermott, A 2016, Can You Use Chamomile Tea to Treat Acid Reflux?, Healthline, https://www.healthline.com/health/digestive-health/chamomile-tea-acid-reflux.

    Robbins, W n.d., German Chamomile Essential Oil (Blue Chamomile), AromaWeb, https://www.aromaweb.com/essential-oils/german-chamomile-oil.asp.

    Sharafzadeh, S, Alizadeh, O 2011, ‘German and Roman Chamomile’, Journal of Applied Pharmaceutical Science, Vol. 01, No. 10, pp. 01-05, https://www.japsonline.com/admin/php/uploads/288_pdf.pdf.

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