German Chamomile Essential Oil
Aside from being famous in teas, the German chamomile plant
is also praised for its healing effects in various herbal applications. As a
matter of fact, Germans often refer to it as "alles zutraut," which
means "capable of anything", but could
the same be with German chamomile essential oil? Read on to learn why you'll soon want a
bottle of this essential oil for you and your family.
What Is German Chamomile Essential Oil?
German chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla), which is often
referred to as blue chamomile or true chamomile, comes from the Compositae
sunflower family. It is one of the two chamomile species that can be used
medicinally. The other one is the Roman or English chamomile (Chamaemelum
This plant, which hails from Southern and Eastern parts of
Europe, grows from 6 centimeters up to 60 centimeters (2.3 to 23.5 inches) tall
with heavily branched and furrowed stems. Like Roman chamomile oil, German
chamomile essential oil is extracted either through solvent extraction or steam
distillation of its golden yellow flowers that have ray-like blossoms.
Uses of German Chamomile Essential Oil
German chamomile oil is broadly used in the cosmetic industry,
especially in formulations designed to improve dry, inflamed or irritated skin.
It is also added in shampoos and conditioners. Other practical uses of German
chamomile oil include:
•Hair moisturizer — Blend two drops of German chamomile
oil, rosemary oil, and lavender oil with 4 tablespoons of sweet almond oil.
Massage it onto your hair and scalp once a week. For best results, leave it on
•Moisturizing skin mist — To make your own natural skin
mist, blend two drops of German chamomile oil, two drops of lavender essential
oil, one drop of rose otto oil and 4 ounces of purified water in a
ready-to-spray bottle. This natural moisturizing mist will surely be handy for
your sunbathing sessions.
•May help relieve migraines — Moisten a towel with cool
water and add a few drops of German chamomile oil. Place the damp cloth on your
forehead, close your eyes and relax.
•May provide relief from joint pain or tense, stiff and
cramping muscles —Blend 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil and two drops of
German chamomile oil and rosemary oil. Massage this blend onto the affected
areas to ease up the tensed muscles and increase circulation.
•Skin toner — German chamomile oil has astringent
properties, which makes it ideal for pore-cleansing treatment. Simply add the
essential oil to your own homemade facial cleanser and apply using cotton
Composition of German Chamomile Oil
Some of the most important chemical components of German
chamomile oil are sesquiterpenes, 36 flavonoids, coumarins and polyacetylenes.
Other constituents include chamazulene (which has antiseptic capabilities), as
well as 28 terpenoids and 52 additional compounds with potential
pharmacological activity that gives it antimicrobial and fungistatic
capabilitiesfarnesene, sesquiterpenes, cadinene, furfural, spanthulenol, and
proazulenes (matricarin and matricin).
Chamazulene (or azulen when isolated), which provides German
chamomile oil its deep bluish color, is formed from matricin during steam
distillation. Prolonged storage and light exposure destroy this effect. This
often results in a lighter blue color, which can turn into a pale green, yellow
or even brown shade.
German chamomile oil has a viscous quality and has a sweet,
herbaceous scent with fruity undertones. However, in its concentrated and
dried-out form, German chamomile oil can sometimes be nauseating and unpleasant
for some individuals. German chamomile oil blends well with rose oil, lavender
oil, cedar oil, neroli oil and geranium oil.
Benefits of German Chamomile Oil
German chamomile oil has carminative, anti-spasmodic, mild
sedative, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and anti-catarrhal
properties (or helps the body remove excess mucus). This beneficial essential
oil penetrates deep into the layers of your skin where its potent
anti-inflammatory action can restore and soothe irritated skin, mouth ulcers,
burns, bruises and other skin conditions.
Aside from possibly helping lift up your mood and letting go
of your anxieties, German chamomile oil has other reported benefits when used
in tandem with other essential oils in aromatherapy. See list below:
USE IN COMBINATION
Lavender oil, helichrysum oil, vetiver oil, patchouli oil,
peppermint oil, spearmint oil and rose oil
Peppermint oil, sandalwood oil, rose oil, lavender oil
When taken orally, German chamomile oil can produce profound
healing effects in colitis, gastritis, infections of the small intestines and
colic. However, we strongly recommend consulting your doctor first before taking
any essential oil internally to avoid complications.
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