Chamomile Roman Essential Oil
Botanical binomial: Anthemis nobilis
Family: Asteraceae (Compositae)
Other names: Garden Chamomile, Anthemis Nobilis
Country of Origin: China
Part of plant used in production: Flower head
Methods of production: Steam Distillation
Description: Roman Chamomile is a small, perennial herb with hairy stems and pinnate leaves. It's daisy like flowers are larger than those of German Chamomile and the plant itself smells like a hint of apple.
Characteristics: The essential oil is pale yellow with a light blue note. It has a warm, fruity herbaceous scent.
Properties: Analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, bactericidal, carminative, cicatrisant, hepatic, nerve sedative, vermifuge, vulnerary.
Constituents: Chamaemelum nobile consists mostly of esters of angelic and tiglic acids. These and other major components are: propyl angelate (0.5-10%), butyl angelate (0.5-10%), pinene (0.5-10%), camphene (0-0.5%), pinene (0-10%), 1,8 cineole (0.5-25%), sabinene (0-10%).
Uses: Due to its high ester content, Roman chamomile is wonderful for inhalation. It's pleasing aroma is comforting for children who suffer from colic, tooth pain, and throat infections. It reduces hay fever, asthma, and other allergies. Roman chamomile is also used as a bath or massage oil for relieving PMS symptoms, abdominal pain, anxiety, tension, and insomnia.
Safety: For external use only. Should be diluted prior to skin application. Avoid contact with eyes and mouth. May cause skin irritation for some individuals, a skin patch test is recommended prior to use. Consult your healthcare professional before using essential oils during pregnancy.