Chamomile is the Greek word meaning “ground apple”—kamai, “on the ground” and melon, “apple”. It is named such because of its apple-like fragrance.
The plant’s healing properties come from its daisylike flowers, which containvolatile oils (including bisabolol, bisabolol oxides A and B, and matricin) as well as flavonoids (particularly a compound called apinegin) and other therapeutic substances. Chamomile may be used internally or externally.
Specifically, chamomile may:
– as a tea, be used for lumbago, rheumatic problems and rashes.
– as a salve, be used for haemorrhoids and wounds.
– as a vapor, be used to alleviate cold symptoms or asthma.
– relieve restlessness, teething problems, and colic in children.
– relieve allergies, much as an antihistamine would.
– aid in digestion when taken as a tea after meals.
– relieve morning sickness during pregnancy.
– speed healing of skin ulcers, wounds, or burns.
– treat gastritis and ulcerative colitis.
– reduce inflammation and facilitate bowel movement without acting directly as a purgative.
– be used as a wash or compress for skin problems and inflammations, including inflammations of mucous tissue.
– promote general relaxation and relieve stress.
– control insomnia. Chamomile’s mildly sedating and muscle-relaxing effects may help those who suffer from insomnia to fall asleep more easily.
– Treat diverticular disease, irritable bowel problems and various gastrointestinal complaints. Chamomile’s reported anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic actions relax the smooth muscles lining the stomach and intestine. The herb may therefore help to relieve nausea, heartburn, and stress-related flatulence. It may also be useful in the treatment of diverticular disorders and inflammatory bowel conditions such as Crohn’s disease.
– soothe skin rashes (including eczema), minor burns and sunburn. Used as a lotion or added in oil form to a cool bath, chamomile may ease the itching of eczema and other rashes and reduces skin inflammation. It may also speed healing and prevent bacterial infection.
– treat eye inflammation and infection. Cooled chamomile tea can be used in a compress to help soothe tired, irritated eyes and it may even help treat conjunctivitis.
– heal mouth sores and prevent gum disease. A chamomile mouthwash may help soothe mouth inflammations and keep gums healthy.
– reduce menstrual cramps. Chamomile’s believed ability to relax the smooth muscles of the uterus helps ease the discomfort of menstrual cramping.
It is one of the gentlest oils. Chamomile essential oil is best blended with other oils and used in aromatherapy massages and in baths.
-For colic, colitis, and liver or spleen congestion, add 5-8 drops to one ounce of carrier oil and massage on body. Can also add 8-10 drops to bath water or a few drops to a diffuser.
– For headache or migraine, use 2-3 drops in a hot or cold compress (whichever works best for you).
– For insomnia, use 5-6 drops in a diffuser. Can also place 2-3 drops on a tissue, and place inside your pillow before bedtime. Replace nightly. For added benefit, add lavender to the mix.
– To help lessen the effects of menopause on the body, add 8 drops to one ounce of carrier oil and massage on body regularly. Can also add a few drops to a diffuser nightly, and 8-10 drops to bath water.
– For sensitive skin, dilute one drop of chamomile with 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil, like sweet almond, and dab on skin.
Blending: Camomile Oil forms find blends with Bergamot, Clary Sage, Lavender, Jasmine, Geranium, Grapefruit, Tea Tree, Rose, Lemon, Lime and Ylang-Ylang Oil.
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