~ GERMAN CHAMOMILE (Matricaria recutita, Chamomilla recutita) from the daisy family has the strongest anti-inflammatory compounds of ANY therapeutic essential oil, yet, is extremely gentle in use. It’s excellent for pain & stress relief, healing skin & mouth wounds, and soothing arthritic – rheumatic inflammations. Good for children. Non-irritating. Generally, non-sensitizing, though better diluted with a carrier oil for sensitive skin, babies & small children, the elderly, and infirm.
The remarkable feature of German Chamomile essential oil is its color – a deep indigo blue from its chamazulene content. It also has lactone compounds like coumarin with a distinctive “green / freshly mown grass” fragrance renown for anti-inflammatory effects that may be used to reduce lymphedema swelling & puffiness, as a nervous system sedative (calming / pain-killing), while being supportive of the liver (detoxing), and an immune system booster (minimizing auto-immune dysfunction).
German Chamomile ~ A Traditional Medicinal Herb in European Pharmacopoeia
Primary uses are for anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic applications. Internal usage indications are: gastric ulcers, gastritis, flatulence and peptic disorders. External applications are also a very important with most commercial products formulated to soothe inflammations and skin problems. Plus, German Chamomile is often used as a home inhalation remedy for respiratory tract inflammation and infections.
PROPERTIES: Analgesic, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antispasmodic, decongestant, digestive tonic and is hormone-like.
BODY SYSTEM(S) AFFECTED: Emotional Balance, Nervous System, Skin
FRENCH MEDICAL USES: Acne, Cystitis, Decongestant, Digestive Tonic, Eczema, Gallbladder, Hormonal effects, Liver, Ulcers
OTHER HEALTH USES: Neutralizes Allergies; Blood cleanser; Digestive support: helpful for chronic gastritis, increases Liver function / secretion / detoxing, stimulates Pancreatic function; Oral health: mouth sores, teething pains, toothaches; Skin regenerator: abscesses, boils, burns, cuts, dermatitis, open leg sores, rashes, skin disorders, wounds, inflamed joints, ingrown nails; Stress & Anxiety related issues: fretfulness, insomnia, migraine headaches, menopausal problems, tension.
~ For Pregnancy usage guidelines, consult a Certified Aromatherapy Practitioner.
~ May irritate sensitive skin, dilution in carrier oil advised.
Reference Guide for Essential Oils, Tenth Edition by Alan & Connie Higley. Abundant Health, OCT 2006.
The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple by David Stewart, Care Publications, 2005
A Farm Project: CHAMOMILE – GERMAN by Richard Alan Miller © 1999 offers a scientific discussion of German Chamomile’s active compounds with commercial cultivation suggestions and research comparing various medicinal preparations: steam distillation vs. alcoholic extracts, herbal teas (tissanes), etc.