Chamomile is an essential oil used widely for skin care purposes.
Chamomile oil is distilled from the flowers of the chamomile plant, but the flowers are so small, stems are usually included in the process.
Chamomile's countries of origin are Bulgaria, Spain, England and Hungary.
German chamomile produces azulene, a green-blue constituent produced from the distillation process and a potent anti-inflammatory. This gives german chamomile its blue color. If you find a german chamomile on the green side, the oil is no longer fresh; it's best to pass on it.
German chamomile is best known for it's anti-inflammatory properties. It's other specific therapeutic properties are: anti-allergenic, anti-viral, and digestive.
Roman chamomile does not produce much azulene, resulting in a pale yellow color. Its fragrance has the essence of apples, which is where the Spanish coined the name for roman chamomile "manzanita" or "little apple".
Roman chamomile is best known for it's help with dull, persistent pain. It is gentle and effective for infants and small children. Roman chamomile is also a fantastic skin care oil known for its calming, restorative qualities. Other specific therapeutic properties are: analgesic (relieves pain), carminative (relieves flatulence), febrifuge (reduces fever) and stomachic (stimulates digestion).All chamomile oils are known for these therapeutic qualities: antiseptic, antispasmodic, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue (stimulates menstrual flow), hepatic (works on the liver), nervine (heals nerves) and sedative.
SKIN CARE USES
Chamomile is ideal on all complexion types. The sedative and anti-allergenic properties of german chamomile help to heal and calm eczema and rashes on the skin. All varieties of chamomile are great for eczema, puffy and inflamed skin, broken capillaries and skin irritations.
Blend with Melissa, Rose, Lavender, Cedarwood or citrus
Roman chamomile is one of the best oils to use for PMS symptoms. Make a compress with a washcloth dampened with warm water. Add a couple of drops of chamomile and lay over abdomen when experiencing menstrual cramping.
A few drops of roman chamomile in a teaspoon of olive oil rubbed on the back of the neck can help with mood swings and weepiness associated with menstruation.