Roman Chamomile Essential Oil – A Mother’s Secret Weapon

Latin Name:  Anthemis nobilis

As I walked down the driveway with my four year old grandson this summer he remarked, “Grandma, whenever I walk down your driveway I think of the tea Mommy gives me when my tummy hurts.” I smiled with pleasure as I bent down to show him that the plant growing in the center of the gravel driveway was chamomile, the very plant used in his tea. I asked if he thought it helped his tummy and was told that he liked to drink it because it made him feel better, even when his tummy wasn’t hurting.

 

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We pulled apart a flower and rubbed it between our fingers to release the sweet apple-like scent so familiar to him. I showed him that he could tell it was Roman Chamomile because it was only a few inches tall, and the flower had a hollow cone. His little eyes grew very large when I told him that in a country far away a king had a palace (Buckingham Palace) where all the lawns were made out of chamomile and had been that way for more than a hundred years.

It’s sweet that he associates this familiar scent with feeling better. Indeed, Roman chamomile has been used for centuries to relax a stressed mind and body, and to calm an upset stomach. Few people know that it can also relieve spasms, cramps and convulsions, control an asthma attack and relieve pain.

Roman Chamomile essential oil is one of the mildest oils available and safe for everyone, including infants under the age of six months and the elderly. Because of this gentle nature it is ideal for calming young children without any depressive side effect.

Health benefits of Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

  • Colic:  1) Topical Application on the abdomen using a 1% dilution in a carrier oil.
  • Teething:  1) Topical Application on the cheeks and jaw line using a 1% dilution in a carrier oil.
  • Chicken Pox:  1) Topical Application on the pox using a 1% dilution in a carrier oil.   2) Aromatic Bath.
  • Fever Reduction:  1) Diffusion.  2) Topical Application on the soles of the feet using a 1% dilution for children under the age of six months, a 2% dilution for children under the age of 6, and a 5-10% dilution for anyone over the age of six years.
  • Stress, Anxiety:  1) Diffusion.  2) Topical Application on the heart and chest area using a 2% dilution in a carrier oil for anyone over the age of six.  3) Aromatic Bath
  • Asthma Attacks:  1) Topical Application on the chest and back using a 1% dilution in a carrier oil for children under the age of six, and a 2% dilution in those over the age of six.
  • Insomnia:  1) Aromatic bath.  2) Diffusion.
  • Skin Conditions: 1) Topical Application on the stomach and abdomen using a 1% dilution in a carrier oil for children under the age of six, and a 2% dilution for those over the age of six years.
  • Abrasions, Minor Wounds:  1) Wound Wash: Blend 2 teaspoons Roman Chamomile essential oil with 1 1/4 cups clean water. Use in a squeeze bottle to irrigate wound. Repeat until mixture is gone.
  • Nausea, Morning Sickness:  1) Topical Application on the stomach and abdomen using a 1% dilution for children under the age of six, and a 2% dilution for those over the age of six years.
  • Menstrual Pain:  1) Topical Application on the abdomen using a 2% dilution in a carrier oil.
  • Muscle Cramps and Pain:  1) Topical Application on the stomach and abdomen using a 1% dilution for children under the age of six, and a 2% dilution for those over the age of six years.

Dilution Rates

  • 2% dilution equals 2 drops essential oil per teaspoon (5ml) carrier oil
  • 3% dilution equals 3 drops essential oil per teaspoon (5 ml) carrier oil
  • 4% dilution equals 4 drops essential oil per teaspoon (5 ml) carrier oil
  • 5% dilution equals 5 drops essential oil per teaspoon (5 ml) carrier oil

Carrier Oils include almond, avocado, jojoba, olive and coconut. Carrier oils are absorbed through the skin so make sure you use a pure, organic oil.

Check out this article for more information on carrier oils.

Safety Precautions For Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

  • Roman chamomile essential oil is regarded as non-toxic, non-irritating, and non-sensitizing.
  • Individuals sensitive to plants in the Compositae or Asteraceae families should not use this oil.
  • Do not use Roman chamomile essential internally.

The Apple Wellness team has found that essential oils can help you “Find Your Healthy Place”! Their ability to work both through aroma and direct application makes them a versatile addition to your home health care. Stop in one of our stores, located in Madison and Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, or contact us by phone or email with any questions or concerns you have about essential oils, supplements, vitamins and nutritional products. We are here to help!

 

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This information is provided for educational purposes only. It is not meant to be used as medical advice. Consult a qualified health care provider for advice on specific medical conditions.

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