Without getting all technical, fresh chamomile contains something called matricine and when heated matricine turns to chamazulene (which accounts for the often blue colour of the oil). Research shows that chamazulene is antiseptic. This might help explain why herbalist use this sweet, earthy smelling oil for it’s anti-bacterial, analgesic & anti-inflammatory (the list goes on) properties. “In a medical dosage, it can be used for anxiety and tension which lead to insomnia and migraines…it is very good as a digestive as it has anti-inflammatory, analgesic and calming effects on the system” (Curtis, 234). Most people know chamomile as something you drink and have had it in herbal teas used to promote relaxation and sleep.
We love using Chamomile in our workshop. Its gentle scent is calming yet uplifting and oohh so fresh!
Why do you love Chamomile & what do you use it for?