Gentle but powerful – give calming Chamomile to the soul that cant be comforted by anything, the soul that knows they needs something, but doesn’t know what it is they need…
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I recently had a holistic aromatherapy consultation with a customer, she was worried about burn out, she wanted help to ease feelings of anxiety caused by chronic stress and to help her nervous system to feel more regulated.
Emotionally she felt stuck, agitated, irritated and deeply frustrated, finding it hard to stay asleep. Physically her skin felt really dry and hair brittle, tension was causing pain in her jaw, shoulders and neck, getting persistent headaches that was bringing pain behind her eyes.
That night I had a dream I was holding my little bottle of Chamomile Essential oil out to her saying –
“You should try this oil, it’s really good to ease tension in muscles and stress headaches. Chamomile will soothe your symptoms of chronic fatigue, calm your nervous system and reduce your risk of burnout”.
Then I knew I should work with Chamomile as the central oil for her remedy blend. Chamomile is a brilliant oil to use for support you at times of excessive stress, especially if you are feeling burnt out – living on your nerves!
Its very healing for the kidneys that can come under duress at this time, a symptom of over-burdened kidneys can cause hair and skin to become dry and brittle.
Let’s take a deeper look into this wonderful gentle but powerful plant, with incredible calming, soothing, healing qualities.
2 Types of Chamomile
Roman (English) Chamomile & German Chamomile
Quick Facts –
Common names: Roman (English) Chamomile (Yellow) & German Chamomile (Blue)
Scientific name: Chamaemelum nobile & Matricaria Chamomilla
Family: Asteraceae (Daisy)
Origin: Europe, North America, South America
Essential oil: Flowers
Energetic: Cooling, drying, calming
Garden benefits: Helps other plants around it grow well
Chamomile is bitter, pungent and aromatic! Giving it a double action, particularly on the digestive system as it acts as both a tonic and a carminative (calming). It helps healing the kidneys and with better liver health. Its high in Esters – Archetype: The Protectors & Nurturer
In fragrance it’s a middle note, its can be quite heady, sweet, similar to apples but with a crisp bitter tone. It helps you deal with the bitter sweet of life! High in esters which have a sedative effect on the nervous system.
Roman Chamomile is yellowy compared to German Chamomile is a beautiful blue colour that comes from its Azulene content.
“In the language of flowers Chamomile stands for Patience in Adversity” Julia Lawless Aromatherapy & the Mind
Gentle does not mean weak – the powerful gentleness of Chamomile…
Chamomile Health Benefits
Chamomile is calming, sedating, antispasmodic and it has a broad spectrum anti-microbial action, which can be useful to help speed up healing especially of the skin. Chamomile is a tonic for your central nervous system, slows over active breathing, slows a racing heart rate. Helps to stabilise mood, has anti depressant activity, it reduces the stress hormone cortisol, helps improves mood without side effects of pharmaceuticals.
The perfect oil to help reduce pain of trapped tension in the body, it relaxes tight muscles, eases tension headaches, and it can even help reduce and ease seizures caused by stress.
IBS, Upset or nervous tummy?
Massage a few drops of Chamomile in a base oil over tummy when you have nervous tension or butterflies, use it to soothe tummy issues like – cramps, wind, upset, digestive tonic, bloating, colic.
Painful periods, PMT?
Massage a few drops of Chamomile in a base oil or cream over tummy and lower back to ease period pain (its have anti spasmodic properties), use the oil everyday for the week before your period to help reduce symptoms of PMT and lower the pain of your next period.
Shallow anxious breathing
Are you holding in uncomfortable emotions? Could this be causing shallowness of breath? – Inhalation of Chamomile oil allows you to feel safe to let them out, to breathe out fully. This gentle oil helps you to breathe more deeply, connecting to your tummy and diaphragm, prevent holding onto your breath, ease shortness of breath.
Chamomile Safety & Caution
Roman Chamomile Essential Oil is very safe to use, well-diluted, even with children.
Use for insomnia
To help encourage restorative sleep massage 1 to 2 drops mixed in little oil or cream onto the sole of your feet before bed to release held tensions in mind and body and to help gleaning meaning from your dreams, ward off nightmares (tell it your wish before bed).
Reduces chronic inflammation – helps those with Diabetes
Chamomile is inflammation modulating – eases systemic inflammation, it can help reduce the risk of chronic inflammation which leads to disease like Diabetes. In a study conducted on 2 groups with type 2 diabetes I give water and the other given Chamomile tea to drink after 8 weeks the Chamomile tea group had better glycemic control and increased antioxidant capability.
Chamomile perfect essential oil for Children & Babies
Use Chamomile in a diffuser, to help calm irritable unsettled babies and toddler temper tantrums.
Because its gentle in action but powerful in its effect Chamomile is wonderful herb for children and babies, it calms the nervous system whilst working to support the the digestion, perfect for teething and upset tummy, especially a nervous tummy and digestive issues brought on by anxiety and an overwhelmed nervous system.
Use Chamomile tea and Chamomilla homeopathic remedy to support children during colds and flu.
Combine Chamomile with Fennel or Dill to make a tea to soothe infant colic and to ease teething.
Mix with apple pectin to relive upset tummy. Use the cooled tea to ease conjunctivitis (pink eye).
Chamomile tea for babies you can also use chamomile tea bags to make a chamomile tea bath.
Or mix 2 to 3 drops or Chamomile essential oil in a shot glass with milk to add to bathwater
Emotional aspects of Chamomile Oil
Use Chamomile when you feel over burdened, over whelmed, over emotional, anxiety states, panic, phobias, restlessness, nervousness, irritability. It can help you feel able to tackle daily stresses and better handle your reactions – are you are prone to over react?
Feeling lost or lonely, need help with introspection, reflection, to find answers? Chamomile can help you discover more meaning in your live. Stop the influence of external voices, tune into and trust your inner guide, follow your soul.
Chamomile calms an over-active throat Chacra, for those that over talk or tend to talk over people (this can be a sign of buried grief), helping bring into balance and to allow space for better listening, be gentle with yourself, listen to your own heart.
Energetics of Chamomile Oil
Egyptians considered Roman Chamomile as a sun plant but some now consider it and German Chamomile with its blue colour to be more connected to moon energy, because of its bitterness and its actions that are soothing, cooling & drying.
Chamomile has an energetic connection to the solar plexus, the major nerve centre upper tummy area. Here sits a large lymph node the – Cisterna Chyli – Massage Chamomile over your solar plexus area to soothe worry and reduce nervous fears, be better able to digest what life throws at you.
Astrological aspects of Chamomile
Chamomile is most strongly connected to Cancer – feeling empathetic, intuition, connected to home and family, mothering, the sign of the stomach. To Taurus and its connection to the throat chacra, Virgo to help reduce its tendency for self criticism.
For Kidney Health (ease burnout)
In TCM Chamomile it element of wood, it helps boots your vitality, it is a natural kidney health restorer it helps with the smooth the flow of ‘Qi energy’, meaning it helps regulates movement of vital energy, helps detoxify your liver.
Kidneys are considered the organs to react to fear and stress here may lead to jaw clenching, irrigation and agitation. Using Chamomile can help reduce feelings of agitation and restlessness, restoring a feeling of inner peace and self acceptance.
Chamomile for healing the skin
Chamomile hydrosol and essential oils in skin care can help decrease skin irritation and itching for conditions like eczema and psoriasis, because it reduce pain it is soothing for sore skin issues, it enhances healing time. Use it topically to calm insect bites and stings.
If you have loose flowers try making your own chamomile infused oil by infusing the dried flowers in Jojoba or Olive oil. Use your infused oil or cooled Chamomile tea topically to soothe Haemorrhoids.
Happy Skin Cream
With gentle Chamomile Hydrosol – soothing, calming and restorative
Happy Skin Cream smells so lovely, like sweet herbal custard I think!
Its wonderfully calming for your nervous system, restorative and healing for the skin.
Hydrating for dry skin, soothing for skin irritations, itchiness and mild eczema – especially if connected to stress or on a babies cheeks with a teething flare up.
Roman Chamomile V German Chamomile – whats the difference?
Roman Chamomile – light yellow, usually smells sweeter and more fruity. Helps calm anxiety and emotions like panic, anger, fury especially if towards oneself. Its healing for gall stones and gall bladder. It’s a little more soothing for nerves and muscles. Diffuse this golden oil in the day – inhalation for upper respiratory health, for bringing good luck and good fortune! Its a spiritual protector, energetic cleaner and helps meditation.
German Chamomile (Blue) – Anti inflammatory, and calming especially for skin conditions, use to ease head aches. muscle and mental tension, but do be aware it can be so effective it could interact with serotonin based anti depressant medication.
Chamomile Essential oil Blends
Essential Oils that I find work well with Chamomile are:
Benzoin, Cedar, Clary Sage, Cypress, Geranium, Lavender, Patchouli, Palmarosa, Mandarin, Marjoram (sweet), Melissa, Neroli, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang
- Grief/feel more at peace – Diffuse Chamomile 2 drops to Cypress 4 drops
- Nervous tummy/tummy upset – Massage oil over tummy 10ml base with Chamomile 2 drops, Orange 4 drops, Lavender 4 drops
- Insomnia, restlessness – Massage oil over body 10ml base with Chamomile 2 drops, lavender 4 drops, Ylang Ylang 2 drops
- Over stimulated/wired but tired – Massage oil over body 10ml base with Chamomile 2 drops, Geranium 2 drops, Patchouli 1 to 2 drops
- Bouncing off the walls – too much yang energy! Diffuse Chamomile 2 drops, Melissa 4 drops
- Period Pain, PMT symptoms – Massage oil over tummy 10ml base with Chamomile 2 drops, Cypress 4 drops, Clary sage 4 drops (use daily week before period)
- Soothe Skin – Skin oil 5ml Jojoba & 10 ml Apricot with Chamomile 2 drops, Lavender 3 drops, Geranium 2 drops. Patch test first.
When you cant use the essential oil you can benefit from Chamomile tea, its rich in anti oxidants that reduce pain receptors, these compounds also fight the growth of unhealthy cells. Ease gastritis, neuritis, cystitis, rheumatoid arthritis, ear ache, acid reflux.
Helps promote healthy teeth & gums, soothe ulcers – both stomach and mouth, its cooling and calming for heat and irritation in the body and on the skin, its sedative to the nerves (nervine) meaning you can drink it in the day to take the edge of nervousness without it making you feeling tired.
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