In aromatherapy there are 3 varieties of Chamomile generally used.
They grow wild in the UK and you will be familiar with their daisy like flowers and feather leaves as well as their apple-like scent.
The Varieties most used in Aromatherapy are Artemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Matricaria Chamomilla (German Chamomile)
Ailments Chamomile can help with
Chamomile Tea is the most widespread herbal remedy, and is used for upset stomachs, cystitis, children’s ailments or just as a refreshing, relaxing drink. It can be drunk as a backup to using the essential oil on the body.
All Chamomiles are soothing, calming and anti-inflammatory and help with gut issues, drinking chamomile tea and using a compress with Chamomile essential oil or a few drops in a bath can help.
Also, menstrual pain and menopausal problems can be alleviated by drinking tea, having a compress, massage into lower back and tummy area or by using in the bath.
Chamomile can be used in massage for muscular pain and inflamed joints such as arthritis again due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
It is also valuable for skin problems, where the skin is red, flaky or dry and sensitive and must be heavily diluted before putting on skin or used in the bath.
On an emotional and mental level, Chamomile is very soothing and calming and anti-depressant. It’s very helpful when stress and anxiety are concerned and for irritability, fretfulness and a general feeling of nervousness.
In these circumstances, a bath is particularly helpful – soaking in the oils and resting and relaxing.
For immediate relief a pulse roller is helpful, where you can roll the blend over your pulse points on your wrists, temples, throat, and on your chest. Cup your hands to inhale the aroma deeply, and slowly exhale. Repeat 3 times.
How to use it
- diffuse the oil into your bedroom before sleeping to calm your night
- drop a few drops of oil onto a cold/warm compress to alleviate upset tummy’s, sprains, joint pain
- make up a massage blend – ie 10 mls base oil such as sunflower seed oil and 5 drops of essential oil
- use in a bath on its own – drop in approx 8 drops to your bath and soak
When you’re feeling stressed, soak in a bath with my Relax Blend, which includes Chamomile, Clary Sage and Ylang Ylang.
It will take you to a place of calm and restore your senses in no time.
Plus, as its already made up for you, all you need to do is pour a couple of capfuls into your bath and soak.
Can also be used as a massage oil.
What do I need?
Most of the time, when we are stressed or anxious we must make a concerted effort to help ourselves, and its not always easy when you’re in the thick of it.
Make that tea and run yourself a warm bath and soak and breathe. It’s totally worth the effort!
Contact me for a holistic case history and lets get to the Essence of You!