The Fascinating Roman Chamomile Pure Essential Oil
In ancient Rome, Roman Chamomile essential oil was used to boost soldiers’ courage before heading for war. Since then, this little elixir’s use has become popular for its sweet, soothing nature and use for treating a myriad of ailments and conditions. Read on to find out more its offerings and why it’s a must in your essential oil medicine bag.
Components Comprising the Roman Chamomile
With a profile full of esters and other calming constituents, Roman Chamomile oil can soothe the systems of the body when ingested. Keep this handy oil in your bag and take a drop or two with water when your mind or body needs help calming down.
Used in the ancient civilisations of Egypt, Greece, and Rome, chamomile oil have been typically used for the following benefits:
1. Upset stomach
Potent with stomachic and cholagogue properties, the Roman chamomile oil promotes good digestion, increases secretion of acid and bile in the stomach. It can ease bloating, nausea, acid reflux, indigestion and diarrhea, and even ease the pain of cramping. A study assessing the effects of topically-applied diluted chamomile oil on bowel activity after a cesarean delivery, researchers revealed that patients who used chamomile oil on their stomach gained appetite and passed gas sooner that patients who didn’t use the oil.
2. Wound healing
The anti-inflammatory characteristics of the Roman chamomile extract makes it well suited to heal wounds. A study investigating the effect of Roman chamomile extract on infected wound in rats revealed that it has a significantly higher wound healing and antibacterial activity compared to tetracycline ointment and placebo.
3. Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)
Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is characterised by persistent and excessive worry about a number of different things. A short-term relief from this is, of course, the Roman chamomile oil. Essential oils that are high in esters such as chamomile oil are known for being calming and sedative. Researchers found that after eight weeks of using this oil, 58.1 percent of participants reported a reduction of their anxiety symptoms.
Depression and anxiety often come as a package. It’s important to note that chamomile oil doesn’t cure depression, but works as an antidepressant. Research has shown that there have been a tremendous reduction in depression symptoms among the test subjects after eight weeks of using chamomile extract. Note that chamomile extract can be taken orally, but chamomile essential oil should not be ingested.
5. Relieves pain
The relaxing properties of the Roman chamomile oil doesn’t end with emotions. Researchers have gone on to investigate the effectiveness of applying diluted chamomile essential oil to the skin for the treatment of osteoarthritis and found that it significantly reduced the need for pain relief medication after three weeks of using.
6. Aids Sleep
For a good night’s sleep, spritzing Roman chamomile oil on your pillows or diffusing it does the trick and it’s backed by research. In a study with 60 elderly people as the subjects, the participants were divided into two groups. One group were given chamomile extract capsules twice a day, while the others were given a placebo. The study revealed that there was a significant increase in the sleep quality of those who took the chamomile extracts when compared to the group who were given the placebo.
7. Anti-cancer properties
Backed by science and research, the treatment of cancer cells using chamomile oil reduces the ability to keep the tumors alive. Another study looked at a component of chamomile oil called apigenin. They found that apigenin both inhibited the growth of and induced cell death in a human cancer cell line.
Using chamomile oil
Now that armed with information on the health benefits of chamomile, we list down how can you use it safely at home.
A few drops of chamomile oil on your palms, rubbing it and inhaling may help with a different condition, including anxiety and promoting sleep, while other methods include topical application and diffusing.
- Diffusion. A diffuser evaporates essential oils and carries its scent through a room. Take note of the specific directions that come with your diffuser.
- Spray. For the spray method, dilute 10 to 15 drops of chamomile oil in each ounce of water. Add the liquid to a glass spray bottle, instead of a plastic one because plastic breaks down over time. Remember to shake well before using.
When using chamomile oil or any essential oil for aromatherapy, be sure it’s airy and well-ventilated. You should also avoid exposing the essential oils to pregnant women or breastfeeding women, children and pets.
Using chamomile oils topically allows you to experience it aromatically, which can help with aches and pains, digestive issues or anxiety.
On its own, essential oils can be quite potent, so the trick to this is to dilute it with a carrier oil before it touches the skin. Here are some ways to use it:
- Massage oil. First, dilute the chamomile oil in a carrier oil such as coconut and jojoba oil. Only then it would be suitable as a massage oil.
- In a lotion. You can incorporate chamomile oil into your moisturising routine by adding a drop or two to a body lotion or moisturiser, and apply to your skin.
- On a compress. To make a hot compress, soak a cloth in warm water and add one to two drops of diluted chamomile oil. Then apply it to the achy area such as your back or stomach.