Chamomile, German (Matricaria recutita)
Description: This plant is an erect annual, up to 60cm in height, with wispy 2-3 pinnate, hairy leaves and tubular yellow flowers, surrounded by a single row of white ligulate florets which are often bent backwards.
Common Uses: Chamomile is reputed to have excellent anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties and can be beneficial for acne, allergies, boils, burns, cuts, chilblains, dermatitis, earache, eczema, hair care, inflammations, insect bites, rashes, bruises, sensitive skin, teething pain, wounds, inflamed joints, muscular pain, neuralgia, rheumatism, sprains and dyspepsia. Also, colic, indigestion, diarrhea, nausea, dysmenorrhoea, menopausal problems, menorrhagia, insomnia, nervous tension, migraine and stress related complaints, and neutralize allergies. Applied over the throat it may help a person express their true feelings. Chamomile has a natural ability as a relaxing and rejuvenating agent.Its aroma can influence the ability to relieve stress, hysteria, over-sensitivity, tension, aids with insomnia, promotes peace, dispel anger, stabilize the emotions, and releasing emotions linked to the past.
Blends well with: Bergamot, Clary sage, Lavender, Geranium, Tea tree, Grapefruit, Rose, Lemon and Ylang-ylang.
Aromatic Scent: Chamomile has a strong, sweetish, warm, herbaceous odor.
History: In ancient Egyptian medicine, chamomile is an emblem of the omnipotence of Ra through its power to restore wholeness to the Self. The Egyptians also used Chamomile Oil during sunlight to cure fevers, and at moonlight for its calming abilities.
Cautions: Non-toxic, non-irritant; caused dermatitis in some individuals. Not to be used while pregnant.