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Chamomile, Calming Essential Oil Uses and Benefits

Chamomile is a daisy-like flower herb that been consumed for centuries as a natural remedy for several health conditions. There are bunch of forms to take chamomile like drink (chamomile tea), or oil (diluted or essential oil). Most experts say chamomile is safe but if taken in large dose, it can cause drowsiness. There are some people who are allergic to related plants in the daisy family, although such cases are rare to be found these years.

First of all, chamomile have two varieties, Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) and German Chamomile (Chamomilla recutita). Two of these are slightly difference in appearance and also the chemical composition of their active ingredients.

History of Chamomile Essential Oil

In ancient Rome, the roman took the Roman Chamomile during war times to help soldiers take courage or calming their senses, and nervousness. This is due to their sweet, soothing nature that help create feelings of comfort when needed the most.

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Way To Use of Chamomile oil

As you recall from other essential oils, chamomile oil also can be diffuse and apply topically. Inhaling chamomile aromatic scent may help with a variety of conditions, including anxiety, nervousness and also promoting goodnight sleep.

Aromatherapy

You can either add a few drop of chamomile oil into diffuser or in a glass spray bottle:

  • Diffuse
    • Diffusing method allow the scent of evaporated essential oils to spread through a room. Add 4 to 5 drop of chamomile oil into a diffuser full of water and you are good to go.
  • Spray
    • Add 6 to 10 drop into a glass full of water and shake well before use it. You need to use glass spray, plastic material can break over time due to the compounds in the oil that can dissolve plastics.

Topical

Apply it directly to your skin is also a good way. Why? This may help with pains, anxiety and also digestive issues! Chamomile essential oil can be use as massage oil, bath oil or drop in your lotion.

  • Lotion
    • Add a drop of chamomile essential oil into body lotion or moisturizer
  • Massage Oil
    • Dilute the chamomile essential oil with carrier oil (Jojoba oil or Coconut oil) and done!
  • Bath Oil
    • Dilute the chamomile essential oil with carrier oil and add a few drops into your warm bath water.

You can also soak a towel or handcloth into the bath oil and make a hot compress. Apply the warm towel or handcloth to your back or stomach.

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Benefits of Chamomile Essential Oil

The benefits of using chamomile in medical have been derived from the times of Ancient Egypt, Greece and also Rome. Such as:

Digestive Issue

Chamomile oil offered protection against diarrhea and fluid accumulation in the intestine. A study back in 2018 found out that patients who had chamomile oil applied to their abdomen got their appetite back more quickly and passed gas.

Nervousness

Nervous, anxiety and depression can struck you in any day. A study for German Chamomile have been observed in patients who have anxiety and depression. The patients have proven significant reduction in depression symptoms after 8 weeks of treatment.

Wound and Pain

Chamomile ointment been proven had significantly higher wound healing due to antibacterial properties in the chamomile. Next, chamomile essential oil reduced the need for pain relief medication after a study shown a participants apply diluted chamomile oil to the skin three times a day for three weeks as their treatment of osteoarthritis.

Sleep Aid

Just like lavender, chamomile also been associated with promoting a good night sleep but have to taken internally.

60 elderly have been divided into 2 groups, one given capsule of chamomile extract while other is a placebo. The one that took chamomile extract was proven a significant increase in sleep quality.

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Safety Precaution

Heed these warning peasants! If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, please consult with your doctor first whether is it safe to use the chamomile essential oil. Always check the Latin name of the plant on the product label because there are two chamomile varieties.

Look for purity statements and to make it easy, look for dark colored bottles. Light can damage essential oils easily and if the essential oils are mixed with something else, the label should let you know it straight away.

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