Chamomile in Aromatherapy
is a herb grown for its flowers that resemble daisies. These flowers have aromatic properties that are used for relieving depression and give calm relaxation to mind and body. It is said that in medieval times monks used to cultivate beds of chamomile and asked to those who were sad or depressed to lay in them as therapy. It was also used as a spread on bare floors and the scent was released as people walked on it.
How Chamomile Smells:
The scent of chamomile is apple-like sweet. It can also described as herbal fruity smell that sooths the relaxes the mind.
Chamomile is botanically classified as:
- German chamomile
- Roman chamomile
has sweet smell. It is a aromatic sedative used for relaxing spasms, relieving pains, reducing inflammations and promoting healing. It is also useful in digestion. The essential oil of German chamomile consists of cyclic polysaccharides and it is deep blue in color.
is evergreen perennial whose leaves are aromatic. It is basically used for digestive system problems where it acts by relaxing the system. The essential oil is rich in esters of azulenic compounds.
How to Use:
Make a spray of chamomile by diluting 12 drops of essential oil in one once of distilled water.
Studies show that the essential oil of chamomile is effective. It acts on the muscles and event on brain waves. It is beneficial in
- Sore muscles
- Bruises pain
- Emotional ups and downs
- Allergic reactions
- Varicose veins
- Skin problems
Chamomile is contraindicated in pregnancy and breast-feeding. It should not be used with warfarin and other medicines for bleeding disorders. It should not be used within 2 weeks before and after surgery.