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camomile essential oil

  • Common name:
    Sweet Chamomile, True chamomile
  • Botanical (and family):
    Anthemis nobilis, or Chamaemelum Nobile. Family Compositae
  • Distribution:
    South Europe, England, Belgium, Hungary.
  • Description of plant:
    25cms perennial herb, half spreading, with feathery pinnate leaves and daisy-like white flowers.
  • Extraction:
    Steam distillation of the flower tops.
  • Charactersitics:
    Pale blue-green liquid with a warm-sweet fruity herbaceous odour, somewhat "apple"-like.
  • Odour effects:
    Fresh and soothing.
  • Cautions:
    Emmenagogue. Pregnancy caution.
  • Main chemical constituents:
    Butyl, - amyl - and hexyl esters of tiglic and angelic acids - 75%
    Pinocarvone - 3%
    Chemazulene - 5%
    1,8 - Cineole - 5%
    Alpha - pinene and sabinene - 5%
    Farnesol, nerolidol and alpha-terpineol - 6%
  • Properties and indications:
    Very soothing, easing anxiety, tension and fear. Gives patience and allays worries.
    Analgesic. Eases pain of lower back, head-aches, toothache and neuralgia.
    Popular choice for PMT and menopause. Soothes stomach bringing possible relief to gastritis, colitis, vomiting, wind and inflammation of the bowels. May help irritable bowel syndrome. Said to assist in liver problems. Stimulates immune system, and could be effective against anaemia.
  • Other uses:
    Antiseptic ointments and antispasmodic preparations. Used in high-class perfumes and hair and bath products. Also used in alcoholic drinks.
  • Blends well with:
    Angelica, Benzoin, Bergamot, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Neroli, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Rose, Ylang-Ylang.