Essential Oil of Roman Chamomile (Anthemis noblis)
Origin: Mostly cultivated in Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Morocco and France
Plant description: A small perennial herb, with a hairy stem and feathery pinnate leaves, daisy like white flowers growing about 25 cm high.
Part of plant used for essential oil: Flowers
Extraction method: Steam
Main Chemical Constituents: a-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, 1,8-cineole, y-terpinene, carophyllene, and propyl angelate and butyl angelate.
PRECAUTIONS: Considered non-toxic and non-irritating but has emmenagogue properties when used in high concentrations. Should be avoided during pregnancy
PROPERTIES: analgesic, anti-spasmodic, antiseptic, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious, anti-depressant, anti-neuralgic, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, bactericidal, carminative, cholagogue, cicatrisant, emmenagogue, febriguge, hepatic, sedative, nervine, digestive, tonic, sudoforic, stomachic, vermifuge and vulnerary.
Digestive: Eases abdominal pain and gall bladder problems
Immune System: Helpful for throat infections
Mental/Emotional: Great for children who are colicky and irritable.
Reproductive: Helpful for relieving PMS
Respiratory system: Relieves allergies, hay fever and asthma
Skin care: Calms acne, eczema, rashes, wounds, dermatitis and dry/itchy skin
About this essential oil:
Has a fruity, apple like fragrance and its name is derived from the Greek meaning ‘ground apple’ and the Latin ‘noblis’ refers to noble flowers.
- The Directory of Essential Oils- Wanda Sellar