Roman chamomile yields an essential oil that is light blue when fresh. Extraction is from the flower and upper parts of the plant. It has excellent calming properties and eases irritation, impatience, PMS and other menstrual and menopausal problems. Roman chamomile is an evergreen with a fresh apple scent and is mainly grown in France, Belgium, and Eastern Europe.
It is said to be good for abdominal pain, gall bladder problems, and throat infections, and helps relieve allergies, hay fever, and asthma. This oil is useful in diluted solutions to calm children suffering from colic, irritability, diarrhea, and teething. In a vaporizer, it soothes headaches, nervous complaints, and migraines. While this oil is gentle enough for use with children and babies, always consult an expert before administering it.
Chamomile has been used for centuries and is said to have many benefits:
- digestive trouble – indigestion, nausea or gas
- treating stress and anxiety and combating insomnia
- wound healing, including ulcers and sores, as well as skin conditions like eczema
- anti-inflammation and pain relief for conditions like back pain, neuralgia, and arthritis