Hidden Secrets of Roman Chamomile Oil & the Roman Chamomile Plant

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Roman Chamomile

Botanical name (Latin): Anthemis nobilis/ Chamaemelum nobile
Plant family: Asteraceae
Aroma profile: Roman Chamomile Essential Oil smells crisp, sweet, fruity and herbaceous.
Perfumery note: Middle
Essential oil extraction method: Steam distillation
Native region/origin
: Europe
Growing habit: 8–24 in.tall, 8–12 in. wide
Parts used: Flowers/Buds

Benefits of Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

As one of the most ancient medicinal herbs, chamomile has historically enjoyed the reputation of being a cure-all. It is widely considered to be cleansing and to facilitate feelings of relaxation, which has made it a popular ingredient in aromatherapy. According to researchers, the aromatherapy benefits of essential oils are triggered by the intoxicating scents which have the ability to influence your mood. The mesmerizingly sweet aroma of this oil can help you relax, leaving you rejuvenated. Even in ancient times, Roman Chamomile oil was used in pre-natal massages to help the expectant mothers relax. When used during a massage, the soothing nature of chamomile oil has proven to be extremely beneficial.

The antioxidants in chamomile, specifically the plant flavonoids, make it an excellent option for improving the texture as well as the tone of the skin while reducing the appearance of aging. Since it is so gentle, Chamomile essential oil is ideal for sensitive skin. When mixed with a carrier oil, it can also be paired with calendula oil to soothe and soften the skin. German Chamomile oil may work as a powerful anti-inflammatory for use in topical applications.

When used cosmetically, Chamomile essential oil is valued for its cleansing and moisturizing properties. Due to its soothing nature, it remains a popular ingredient in natural beauty products. Chamomile essential oil can help ease the blemishes and dark circles to help you achieve that refreshing look. Chamomile essential oil can also help you nourish your hair and scalp. Both Roman and German chamomile are known to encourage perspiration, which is a natural way to remove toxins from the body.

History of Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

Chamomile is one of the most ancient medicinal herbs known to mankind. Its history dates back as far as the ancient Egyptians who dedicated it to their Gods due to its healing properties, particularly when used for the treatment of acute fever, known at the time as Ague. While it was first believed to be a gift from Ra, the Egyptian Sun God, Chamomile was previously used in ancient Egypt as part of the embalming oil used to preserve Pharaohs in their tombs and as a skincare treatment by women of nobility, as shown in hieroglyphics. Chamomile was also used by Romans in medicines, beverages, and incense.

The Anglo-Saxons considered Chamomile among the nine sacred herbs and used it for ceremonies as well as for healing. During the Middle Ages, the Roman species of Chamomile was used as a strewing herb, which basically helped to create a fresh, fragrant atmosphere at public gatherings and celebrations. When stepped upon, the oil sacs in the flower would release their fruity fragrance in the air. A simple stroll through a Chamomile field will give you a similar experience. Chamomile was also added to beer for its bitter taste during the Middle Ages, but was later replaced by hops. Cultivation of Chamomile began in the 16th century, and later, Chamomile became a mainstay in the black bags of doctors in Europe and the earliest days of the United States, due to its diverse health benefits.

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