Essential Oils: Roman Chamomile
Chamomile has been used medicinally for thousands of years. It is commonly ingested today in tea form, often before bed or stressful situations. This herb has dozens of properties on its own, but here are the most popular benefits of its essential oil.
- Relief of Seasonal Allergies: Chamomile is an antimicrobial and an antioxidant. The oil can reduce congestion, swelling, and other symptoms of seasonal allergies. Topically applied over skin irritation, chamomile can soothe the area.
- Reduces PMS Symptoms: Every woman dreads it. The back aches, headaches, cramps, bloating, etc. Roman Chamomile can relieve all of these symptoms, and even clear acne breakouts, reduce bouts of depression, and uplift your mood.
- Relief of Insomnia: Insomnia is a condition where one has difficulty falling asleep, sleeping through the night, and waking up. Roman Essential Oil can be inhaled, and even sprayed on your pillows and bed sheets, to ease your insomnia.
- Reduces Depression and Anxiety: Roman Chamomile promotes relaxation, as well as uplifts moods and soothes depression. It has been used for that purpose for thousands of years, and still does so today.
- It can relieve Arthritis based pain: Since Chamomile is an anti-inflammatory, it can be topically applied to knees, wrists, back, fingers, and other areas wracked with pain from Arthritis to relieve pain.
- Can Help with Cancer: This essential oil can weaken the lining of cancer cells, though further testing and study is needed to verify this information in humans.
- Your Children can Ingest it: The oil is gentle enough that children can be treated with it. People have treated children’s ear infections, stomach aches, fevers, and even tantrums.
- It can make your Skin Healthier: Because of its ability to soothe skin irritations, it can be used as an alternative treatment for skin conditions, like eczema and psoriasis. It can also treat ulcers, open wounds, burns, chicken pox, poison ivy, gout and infections.
- It can promote Heart and Digestive Health: Chamomile can reduce risk of death for heart diseases and digestive diseases, like coronary heart disease and acid reflux.
Here are ways you can use Roman Chamomile Essential Oil:
- Topically: topical application is directly applying the oil to the skin. You can apply it on areas that are inflamed, to reduce inflammation. Areas with bruises and burns can be treated topically, as well as eczema and psoriasis patches. In order to improve your digestive system, apply it to your abdomen, using (typically) two to three drops.
- Aromatherapy: Diffusers can be purchased to make this process easier. You fill the diffuser with water, add a few drops of the oil, and over a period of time the oil will be atomized into the air. Aromatherapy applications can be used to improve sleep, reduce anxiety symptoms and depression symptoms, and to ease nausea.
- Ingesting: Always speak to your doctor before ingesting any essential oils, especially if you take daily medications. Ingesting Roman Chamomile essential oil can help with digestion issues, like leaky gut. Children can ingest the oil when it is combined with a mixing medium, or carrier oil, like coconut oil or almond oil. Ingesting the combination helps with diarrhea, and colic, a condition in which children and babies experience pain because of gas or intestinal blockage.
Chamomile: A History
There are two main strains of chamomile that humans use, German Chamomile and Roman Chamomile. Though it is named Roman chamomile, the herb was also used in Ancient Egypt.
In order to make an essential oil, you must steam the herb or fruit until their oils are extracted. The oil is commonly used today, as it has been for thousands of years, to treat dozens of medical conditions. The herb has antispasmodic (the ability to relieve muscle spasms) properties, and is commonly used to treat conditions like heartburn, anxiety, gout, insomnia, fevers, and even small seizures.
European doctors kept chamomile on hand because of its ability to treat inflammation, to ease colic and to help with pain. From Ancient Egyptian cosmetics and medicine, to modern day medicine, this herb has saturated human history with its properties.
Do not use the oil, or ingest the herb of Roman Chamomile during pregnancy. It can increase blood flow and blood circulation in the pelvis, and should not be taken if you think you are pregnant. It can harm the fetus.
Do not ingest Roman Chamomile every day. Use it for a maximum of two weeks at a time!