Chamomile, German (Blue)
Therapeutic German (Blue) Chamomile essential oil
Botanical name : Matricaria recutita (Matricaria chamomilla)
Extraction method / Source : Steam distillation of fresh flowers
Aroma: Strong, warm, sweet herbaceous Odor Intensity : 4
Key constituents: Azulene, Bisbolol Oxide A, Trans-Beta-Farnesene, Bisbolol Oxide B, Bisbolone Oxide A, Cis Spiro Ether (Current Certificate of Analysis available upon request)
Plant description : Botanical family : Asteraceae or Compositae (daisy) German Chamomile is an annual flowering plant that grows 6 - 24 inches in height. It blooms in early to mid-summer and produces highly fragrant, daisy-like flowers with white petals and yellow centers.
Regions of Production : Nepal
Growing Practices : Cultivated without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides
Shelf Life: 36 months or more if stored in an airtight container away from heat and light.
Properties : Analgesic, anesthetic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, anti-phlogistic, antispasmodic, carminative, cicatrizant, digestive, emmenagogue, febrifuge, fungicidal, hepatic, nerve sedative, regenerative, stomachic, sudorific, vermifuge, vulnerary (Battaglia, 2003). Please refer to the Glossary for terms which may be new to you.
Uses / Benefits : Promotes the healing of wounds and skin conditions, including acne and eczema, and helps reduce scar tissue. Helps alleviate anxiety, nervous tension and insomnia. Useful in the management of hepatitis, fatty liver, arteriosclerosis and arthritis. One of the best essential oils for use with children and babies. Also see TIMELESS Baby Care Synergy Blend
Fragrant influences: Relaxing, helps clear the mind. Reduces anxiety, irritability and nervousness. Helps stabilize the emotions, release anger and separate from emotions of the past.
Precautions : Nontoxic, non-sensitizing, may cause irritation to highly sensitive skin.
Blends well with: Benzoin, Bergamot, Citrus oils, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Marjoram, Neroli, Patchouli, Rose, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Ylang Ylang
History / Fun Facts : German Chamomile is also referred to as Blue Chamomile. The flowers are white and yellow, similar to those of other species of Chamomile. During distillation, the German Chamomile essential oil turns dark blue. This color change is due to the compound azulene, which is produced in the distillation process. Azulene has potent anti-inflammatory and skin regenerative properties. German Chamomile is listed in Dioscordes' book De Materia Medica (AD 78), the first authoritative compilation of medicines in Europe.
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Precautions : Pure essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts. Do not use them undiluted, or in the eyes or mucus membranes. If applying an essential oil to the skin, always dilute it with a proper carrier oil and test on a small patch of skin before applying to a large area. Do not take them internally except under the direction of a qualified professional trained in Aromatherapy. Always familiarize yourself with the safety, contraindications and proper preparation of each essential oil before use. Note that when using essential oils for children and the elderly, very low concentrations should be used. Keep all essential oils away from children and pets.