There are two common varieties of Chamomile in the world of essential oils–German chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) and Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile).
Chamomile preparations are commonly used for many ailments including seasonal threats, irritation, muscle spasms, menstrual disorders, restless sleep, internal sores, cuts, gastrointestinal conditions, and joint discomfort.
Please note that the FDA does not regulate essential oils. This means that I cannot make any specific claims or imply that essential oils cure or should be used to treat any diseases or other health conditions. I am not doing that by providing this information.
All information is pulled from reputable sources and studies. Links are provided so that you can make an educated and informed decision as a responsible adult.
Essential oils of chamomile are used extensively in cosmetics and aromatherapy. Many different preparations of chamomile have been developed, the most popular of which is in the form of herbal tea consumed more than one million cups per day.
After doing the research, which you can find below, it’s very clear to me that Chamomile essential oil has tremendous potential in supporting health in a multitude of ways.
Scientific Research on the Benefits of Chamomile Oil
So what does the science say about the benefits of German Chamomile essential oil?
- It has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and anti-phlogistic properties
- Studies indicate that inhaling steam with chamomile extract has been helpful in common cold symptoms
- It has shown a “marked superiority” in effectiveness for inflammatory dermatoses versus hydrocortisone
- It has been shown to have a “statistically significant” improvement in wound healing
- It was shown to enhance the effect of massage and to improve physical and psychological symptoms, as well as overall quality of life in a palliative care setting
- Drinking chamomile tea has been proven to have a significant increase in urinary levels of hippurate and glycine, which have been associated with increased antibacterial activity and another study showed that it relieved hypertensive symptoms and decreased the systolic blood pressure significantly, increasing urinary output
- Studies in preclinical models suggest that chamomile inhibits Helicobacter pylori, the bacteria that can contribute to stomach ulcers
- It’s been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties
- It may reduce the frequency, duration and/or intensity of symptoms of grade 1 or 2 acute internal haemorrhoids, and also the severity of the signs and symptoms of chronic haemorrhoids
- It may contribute to a reduction in the risk of death from coronary heart disease in elderly men
- It’s been shown to have “significant antimicrobial activity” (referenced study PDF) and another study showing it’s potential as an antibacterial treatment for gastrointestinal issues
- And much more research backing up all these studies can be found by clicking here.
- Add 1–2 drops to your favorite moisturizer, shampoo, or conditioner to promote youthful-looking skin and hair.
- Add 1–2 drops to herbal teas or hot drinks to soothe the body and mind.*
- Diffuse or apply to bottoms of feet at bedtime.
Directions for Use
- Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
- Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 . oz. of liquid.
- Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area.
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.
Plant Part: Flower
Extraction Method: Steam distillation Aromatic Description: Floral, sweet, herbaceous
Main Chemical Components: 4-methyl amyl angelate, isobutyl angelate, isoamyl tiglate