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15 benefits and uses of chamomile essential oil:

Essential oil

Would you like to find a natural solution to stress, anxiety or sleep problems? Then Roman Chamomile or Noble Chamomile is just what you need! Learn how to use chamomile essential oil.

A powerful calming agent for the nervous system, Roman chamomile EO is reputed to help relieve tension, combat stress and promote sleep. Along with Neroli, it is the essential oil for emotional shocks. Soothing, it also calms the digestive system and is anti-inflammatory. It is a very gentle oil that can be used on children.

Botanical name:

  • Mode of extraction: distillation of the flower through water vapour
  • Active components: Esters
  • Aspect: liquid
  • Colour: yellow / green
  • Odour: floral, penetrating, with hints of honey or apple

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Biochemical constituant

  • Esters (75-80%)  – Monoterpenols (5-6%) – Ketones (3-10%)

BOTANIC

Roman chamomile is a highly fragrant herbaceous plant 10 to 30 cm high, native to Western Europe and North Africa. Several stems grow from the ground, branching at the top. The leaves are whitish green. Flowers from July to September.

Do not confuse noble chamomile with these other chamomiles:

  • German chamomile (Chamomilla recutita): EO rich in sesquiterpenoids, much more colourful (bluish-green tones): highly anti-inflammatory and soothing, anti-allergic (skin problems) and hormone like.
  • Moroccan chamomile (Cladanthus mixtus) : rich in terpene alcohols, its EO is neurotonic and anti-microbial.
  • Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) contains a camphorated EO and is therefore potentially neurotoxic
  • Blue tansy : (Tanacetum annuum) powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-histaminic, anti-allergen and anti-fungal
  • Wild chamomile : (Ormenis multicaulis) used in cosmetics and perfumery

This plant has many traditional uses, both internally (as an infusion to relieve digestive problems, spasms and flatulence) and externally (to relieve irritations, etc.).

DANGER AND COUNTER INDICATIONS

One of the gentlest and least toxic essential oils, Roman chamomile EO is suitable for the whole family. Please note,

– Roman chamomile EO should not be taken orally by pregnant or breast-feeding women, or by children under the age of 12.

People suffering from epilepsy should seek their doctor’s advice.

There are no special precautions other than caution if you are known to be allergic to Asteraceae (daisy family).

Roman chamomile EO is very well tolerated: it does not cause irritation and the risk of skin sensitisation (allergy) is very low.

Suitable for children and women over 3 months pregnant or breast-feeding: ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before use.

WHY USE CHAMOMILE ESSENTIAL OIL

  • Nervous conditions
    • Agitation, nervousness
    • Anxiety, fear and phobia
    • Hypersensitivity
    • Anger, aggression
    • Emotional shock
    • Spasmophilia
    • Skin problems
  • Neurological pain
    • Neuralgia, nevritis
    • Sciatica
  • Sedation and pre-anaesthetic
  • Children aches and pains
    • teething
    • baby colic

PROPERTIES AND USAGES

Esters are present in large quantities (more than in fine lavender!), giving the plant properties of being:

  • calming and relaxing, Roman chamomile EO is highly effective in cases of anxiety, stress or insomnia
  • powerful antispasmodicand digestive tonic, soothes heartburn and aids digestion
  • Anti-inflammatoryand analgesic, It effectively combats skin problems such as hives, acne, rosacea, psoriasis and eczema

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  • For the skin

Soothing, Roman chamomile EO relieves itching.

It is therefore ideal for acne-prone, atopy-prone, sensitive and/or irritated skin.

As a general rule, no more than 2% is used in preparations such as moisturisers or soothing lotions.

Thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial action, it is effective in deflating and healing acne pimples, and prevents blemishes from multiplying.

Used in the manufacture of hair products, Roman Chamomile – and its essential oil – has the power to accentuate the natural highlights of blonde to light brown hair. Used as a mask or incorporated into shampoo, it brings shine and radiance to even the lightest hair, and helps to beautify the hair fibre.

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  • For general wellbeing

Recognised for its powerful calming and relaxing effect on the nervous system, it is often used to treat insomnia, anxiety and/or emotional problems. A mild sedative for children, it promotes relaxation for adults.

Inhaled, massaged or taken orally, it is indicated in the following cases:

Agitation or anxiety
– Shock or emotional trauma
– Nervous breakdown
– Emotional imbalance
– Sleep problems
– Sensitivity
Heightened emotions
– Spasmophilia
– Stress
– Asthma due to nervous condition
– Burnout

 

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  • Energetic aromatherapy

It is associated with the solar chakra (at the level of the plexus) and the colour yellow. In addition to its general well-being action (see above):

For irritable and moody individuals, it offers emotional balance and helps alleviate anxiety and anger through instilling peace, patience, and confidence. Additionally, for those experiencing feelings of loneliness or abandonment, it reinforces self-acceptance, providing comfort.

Roman chamomile EO is said to be the essential oil for letting go, when people need to take a breath, step back and put things into perspective.

HOW TO USE CHAMOMILE ESSENTIAL OIL

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Cutaneous route (cold compress, massage, bath): allergic dermatological conditions, anxiety, arthritis, nervous asthma, sunburn, emotional imbalance, menopausal pain, bruising, sprains, high blood pressure, skin irritations, earaches, neuralgia, palpitations, parasitosis, dry skin, painful periods, rheumatism, spasmophilia, stress, overwork, muscle tension, sleep disorders, etc

Tummy: pain, particularly in the case of infant colic.

Lower abdomen : For period pain or menopausal symptoms.

Chest and throat: for respiratory problems

Gums: for teething and toothache.

Neck: to relieve tension in the head.

Skin: soothes sensitive skin prone to eczema, hives, shingles, pruritus, psoriasis, acne and dermatitis.

Wherever it hurts: certain pains such as arthritis, sprains, neuralgia, muscular pains, rheumatism, etc.

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 Respiratory tract (olfaction, inhalation, diffusion): nervous asthma, thyroid imbalance, adrenal gland excess, stress, spasmophilia, sleep disorders.

Diffusion (dilute between 10 and 15% in other EOs)

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Internal use (oral, vaginal, rectal): parasites (lamblias, pinworms, roundworms) on prescription from a GP or pharmacist.

PRACTICAL ADVICE TO USE CHAMOMILE ESSENTIAL OIL

Anxiety or nervous disorders

The anxiolytic action of Roman chamomile EO differs from that of lavender officinale EO:

lavender EO will be most useful when you need to take action, it reduces the unpleasant physical sensations linked to stress, such as heart palpitations, a tight throat…

Roman chamomile EO will have a more mental effect; the mind becomes detached from things, the person is still aware of stressful events, but is less affected; people with a temper will not lose their temper as much; those who are constantly thinking will be able to calm their mind.

It is particularly recommended in cases of:

  • · Nervous shock
  • · Anxiety
  • · Anger
  • · Agitation
  • · Excitement
  • · Hypersensitivity
  • · Cognitive rumination (when the person is thinking too much = monkey brain)

Preventing anxiety attacks and spasmophilia

When you feel that an attack may be imminent, sit down or lie down in a quiet place, and either :

– inhale deeply, at least 10 times, 1 drop Roman chamomile EO on a handkerchief or in an olfactory stick.

– or apply 2 to 3 drops Roman chamomile EO (diluted in VO) to the forearm and rub vigorously. You can then place your hands in a bell shape and calmly breathe in the fragrance coming from your arms.

Anger, irritability, aggressiveness

Place 1 drop Roman chamomile EO and 5 drops lavender or bergamot EO in an olfactory stick and inhale deeply at least 10 times.

Emotional shock

Place 1 drop Roman chamomile EO on a handkerchief or in an olfactory stick and inhale calmly and deeply for one minute.

You can use it alone or in combination with Frankincense or Neroli EO Neroli.

– or dilute 10 drops in a teaspoon of VO and massage into the solar plexus.

Fear and nervousness

massage the solar plexus, the arch of the foot and along the spine in the evening before going to bed with:

3 drops Roman chamomile EO (diluted in a VO)

or 1ml Roman chamomile EO + 1ml Orange EO + 3ml lavender EO in 80 ml VO

Anxiety

1 to 2 drops EO roman chamomile in a teaspoon VO

Apply 2 to 5 times a day to the inside of the wrists

Neurological or spasmodic pain

Roman chamomile EO is rich in esters, chemical components which give it spasmolytic properties useful for relieving all types of spasm.

It is one of the rare oils that can be used, in very dilute form, to relieve colic or teething pains in infants. It is:

  • Analgesic
  • Anti-inflammatory in cases of nevritis, or neuralgia
  • And anti-spasmodic (intestinal cramp or premenstrual pain).

Baby colic

For topical application, add 1 drop Roman chamomile EO to 20 ml VO sweet almond and gently massage into baby’s tummy and/or lower back

Sore throat

Mix 1 drop Roman chamomile EO in a spoonful of honey and allow to melt in the mouth.

Use 3 to 4 times a day.

gingivitis

Put 1 drop EO on your finger and massage gently into teeth and gums

Childrens’ teething pain

Pour VO onto a cotton bud and add 1 to 2 drops of Roman chamomile EO Apply to inflamed gums 3 times a day.

TO REMEMBER

It is used above all as a calming agent in children and adults, soothing tension, calming anxiety and nervous shock, and promoting sleep.

It illuminates our dark shadows and brings us light and comfort. Far from numbing our emotions, on the contrary, it helps us to integrate our painful life experiences and to transcend them.


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All yogurts (animal or plant-based) can be flavored with essential oils. In an unsweetened yogurt, add a spoonful of honey in which you’ll dilute the essential oil of your choice. For a classic flavor, add two drops of citrus essential oils. For an exotic yogurt, add a drop of Ylang Ylang essential oil. This also works for whipped cream!

EDIBLE OILS

Flavor your olive oil: for 1 liter of edible oil, add 15 drops of rosemary or basil essential oil (or 8 drops of each) to one liter of cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil. Shake well to mix the different oils and let it rest for about a day before using it to season salads, pasta, vegetables, fish fillets, and more.

ICE CUBES!

Add 1 or 2 drops of essential oil to half a spoonful of honey, agave syrup, or mashed fruit, mix it into an ice cube tray, cover with water, and freeze!

Here are some quick ideas to get started

 

  • In the case of a cake, chocolate mousse, or pancakes: add essential oils directly to the batter, which is sweet and rich in fats.
  • For syrup to drizzle over your cakes after baking, or for your ice creams: mix 250g of sugar syrup with about 4 drops of citrus essence (4 drops of one citrus or 1 drop of 4 different citruses, for example).
  • Jams, marmalades, or honey: add a few drops of essential oils (e.g., lavender, thyme, or citrus essences).
  • Season a pasta dish: add 4 drops of Clary Sage essential oil to a 400g pasta dish.
  • Flavor rice: add one drop of Lemongrass essential oil to 400g of rice.
  • Enhance an apple crumble with cinnamon essential oil

The essential oils most commonly used in cooking:

 

Herbs

 

EO

Taste

Usage

Le+ santé

 

 

Garlic

Allium sativum

Odeur forte difficile à utiliser

.aïoli or garlic butter

. enhance the flavor of your sauces (tomato, dressing)

vermifuge

natural antibiotic

helps lower bad cholesterol and reduce blood sugar levels 

Difficult to digest

dermocaustic

 

Dill

Anethum graveolens

Slightly  anised and fresh 

cream-based sauces to season fish, especially salmon

vegetables (potato, zucchini)

salads (cucumber)

 

Stimulates digestive secretions and the gallbladder

Risk of nephrotoxicity after prolonged and high dose ingestion

 

Basil

Ocimum basilicum

The essential oil of Basil has a stronger taste than the aromatic herb we know:

fruit desserts

poultry (chicken)

fish (calamari)

sauces (tomato, garlic)

pasta (garlic-olive oil, tomato)

vegetables (tomato, zucchini, coco beans)

olive oils

 

Relieves all intestinal and gastric problems Recommended for flatulence, bloating, and abdominal pain

 

 

Java citronella

Cymbopogon winterianus

Acidic and lemony flavour

 

Indian or Asian-inspired dishes

marinades, sauces (coconut milk)

 

 

 

 

Coriander (seeds)

Coriandrum sativum

Earthy and slightly camphorated fragrance

savory dishes (such as hummus)

Asian and Mexican cuisine

soups (pumpkin, carrot)

sauces (tomato, béchamel, coconut milk)

rice

 

Aid for various digestive issues, bloating, and stomach-aches

 

 

Tarragon

Artemesia dracunculus

Light note

gratins, seasoning oils, and sauces (béarnaise, sour cream)

vegetable dips

meats (rabbit, beef)

 

Effective against colitis and intestinal spasms

Not recommended for use with anticoagulant treatments or coagulation disorders

 

Sweet Fennel

Fresh taste

 

gaspacho, tomato tart, fougasse, salads

Against flatulences and indigestions

 

 

Bay Laurel

Laurus nobilis

Sweet, bitter and fresh flavor

stews

vegetables or fresh cheese

meats (game, pork, pâté, terrine)

fish (tuna, sardine)

sauces (béchamel, tomato)

vegetables (potato, tomato)

 

 

Pairs well with thyme

 

Marjoram 

Origanum majorana

 

Sunny vegetables: tomatoes, eggplants, bell peppers… In savory tarts or pizzas

Recommended for hypertensive individuals

Closely related to oregano with a finer flavor

 

Cornmint

Mentha arvensis

Milder flavor than Peppermint

 

Hepato-digestive stimulant

Very potent taste; a single drop is sufficient to season your dishes and drinks

Peppermint 

Mentha piperita

 

Ideal for salads (cucumbers), cold soups (peas), fresh cheeses, mixed with chocolate, or in your drinks Ideal for salads (cucumbers), cold soups (peas), fresh cheeses, mixed with chocolate, or in your drinks

Facilitate digestion

 

Spearmint

Mentha spicata

An even milder flavor than Peppermint or Field Mint

Tabbouleh

Moroccan tea

 

If you like the scent and taste of fresh mint, we recommend using this essential oil in your dishes instead.

Rosemary Cineole or Verbenon

Rosemarinus officinalis

 

Meats, fish, soups Poultry (chicken, turkey) Vegetables (zucchini, garlic) Sauces

Verbenon variety: detoxifying and liver protection

Pairs well with Bay Laurel and Thyme

 

Savory (Winter)

Satureja montana

Spicy, phenolic flavour

Pizzas, saucy dishes, mefrenats

Stimulates natural defenses

 

 

Clary Sage

Clary sage

herbaceous

pasta, broths and soups

 

Pairs well with Rosemary or Bay laurel

 

Thyme Linalol

Thyumus vulgaris

Very strong taste, best used in cooked dishes

Marinades, sauces (tomato), vinaigrettes, and vegetable preparations

 

 

 

Thyme  Thujanol

Lighter taste than Thyme Linalool

meat, fish, sauces

 

 

 

 

Flowers– Fruits 

 

EO

Taste

Usage

The  +

 

Bergamot

Citrus bergamis

Tangy and sweet flavour

 

Poultry (chicken breast)

Fish (carpaccio, en papillote)

Marinades

Sauces (olive oil)

Pastries (cake, shortbread, madeleine)

Fruit salads (citrus, banana)

Infusion (iced tea)

 

Aids digestion, prevents constipation and intestinal infections Appetite stimulant

 

Lemon

Citrus limonum

 

Desserts or beverages

Fish sauces

Cake or sorbet preparation

Flavoring plain yogurt

Meat (veal)

Poultry (hen, chicken breast)

Shellfish (scallops)

Braised dishes (tagine)

Marinades (alone or with thyme, basil, cloves)

 

Cleanses and stimulates the liver. It also eases digestion and helps reduce gas and bloating

Pairs well with mint / peppermint essential oil

Geranium Rosat

Pelargonium graveolens

Floral flavour

 

Jams

Red fruit desserts (crumbles, panna cotta, muffins, strawberries…)

Creams (crème brûlée, ice cream)

Fruit salads (kiwi), pairs well with red fruits, nectarines (peach)

 

Appetite suppressant to regulate blood sugar

 

Lavender

Lavandula angustifolia

Floral, herbal scent

 

Candy, shortbread, sorbets

In savory dishes, in flavored olive oil for salads

Jams (apricot)

Pastries (crème brûlée, ice cream)

 

calming

 

Green Mandarin

Citrus reticulata

 

Sweet and tangy flavour

 

Juices or cocktails

Pumpkin soups

Poultry (poultry breast)

Shellfish (scallops)

Fish (monkfish, whiting)

Pastries

 

Digestive tonic, against aerophagia Anti-inflammatory for the intestines Useful for heartburn, acidity

 

Orange (Sweet)

Citrus sinensis

Sweet and fruity

 

Chocolate desserts

Meat (beef, pork)

Poultry (duck, guinea fowl)

Fish (white fish)

Soups (carrot)

Sauces (olive oil, mayonnaise)

Pastries (cake, madeleine, cheesecake)

Creams (crème brûlée)

Fruit salads (with cinnamon)

 

Bitter tonic, against stomach spasms

Pairs well with  Cardamom or cinnamon

Petit Grain Bigarade 

Citrus aurantium

Fruity, with a flavor close to orange blossom

Fruity preparations (crumble, jam).

Pastries (cake, shortbread, madeleine, crepe)

Creams (custard, crème brûlée, flan caramel)

Fruit salads

Infusions

Pairs well with citrus fruits (orange), honey, nectarines (peach)

 

Difficult digestion, bloating, digestive spasms, stomachaches

 

in eggnog for better sleep:

1 drop with 1 egg yolk, 1 teaspoon of honey and 25 ml milk to drink at bedtime

 

Grapefruit

Citrus paradisi

Tangy and sweet

Avocado salads and desserts galore: tarts, syrups, shortbread, or sorbets

 

Suppresses appetite Difficult digestion

 

Lemon Verbena 

Lippia citriodora

Lemon scented

 

Dairy products, pies, fruit salads, smoothies, or infusions

Fish (monkfish, sea bass)

Shellfish (oyster)

Fruit compote (peach, pear)

Desserts (ice cream, parfait, panna cotta, custard, crème brûlée)

Pastries (madeleine, shortbread, cake)

Infusion

 

Internal worms

 

Ylang Ylang Complete

 

Pronounced floral scent

Chocolate and apples

 

 

 

Spices

 

EO

Taste

Usage

The +

 

Cinnamon (bark)

Cinnamomum verum

Warm and sweet flavor

All desserts: fruits in all forms, cakes, compotes…

Braised dishes (tagine, curry)

 

vermifuge and helps combat digestive disorders, gastric pain, urinary or intestinal infections.

Increases appetite.

Very potent oil that should not be used undiluted

Cardamom

Elettaria cardamomum

Spicy favour

Savory dishes or fruity desserts (orange, peach).

Ideal in coffee or black tea

Carrot salad

Basmati rice

 

Aids in the prevention of aerophagia

 

Clove bud

Syzygium aromaticum

 

Curry dishes

Apple desserts

Breath freshener

 

Turmeric

Curcuma longa

Savory and discreet flavo

 

Mayonnaise, rice, potatoes, or fish

 

Vermifuge

Bloating, colitis, difficult digestion

 

Ginger 

Zingiber officinale

Spicy and lemony flavor

Soups, gingerbread, shortbread, rhubarb pies

 

Useful in case of constipation, nausea

 

Black Pepper 

Piper nigrum

Spicy, hot, woody

 

for seasoning meats, poultry, sauces, and vegetables (mashed potatoes, mushrooms)

Bloating, hepatic-pancreatic insufficiency, difficult digestion, lack of appetite.

 

 

Pink Pepper

Schinus molle

Peppery, hot, spicy

 

Meats (beef carpaccio)

Poultry (duck)

Fish (salmon)

Shellfish (oyster)

Fruits (apple)”

Top of Form

 

Digestive disorders, intoxication, intestinal infections

 

Digestive and Purifying Essential Oils:

  • Dill, Celery, Cumin, Fennel, Basil, Lemon, Tarragon, Mint

 

Tonic and Antibacterial Essential Oils:

  • Ceylon Cinnamon (bark), Ginger, Mint, Thyme (linalool chemotype), Lemongrass, Turmeric, Clove, Savory

 

Soothing and Mild Essential Oils:

  • Cardamom, Lavender, Sweet Orange, Lemon Verbena, Lemon, Mandarin, Bitter Orange Petitgrain, Vanilla (resinoid), Ylang-Ylang

 

 

Precautions When Using Essential Oils

First and foremost, several essential oils are toxic and should not be ingested. While essential oils like lemon or coriander can be used, it’s essential to steer clear of curly parsley oil, which is highly toxic.

Therefore, it is crucial to research each oil before adding them to your recipes. Ingesting toxic essential oils can lead to symptoms ranging from mild irritation of the mouth’s mucous membranes to nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Some essential oils can even cause seizures or respiratory problems.

 

At-Risk Individuals

  • Prohibited for pregnant women in the first 3 months of pregnancy, as well as infants under 3 months.
  • Pregnant women beyond 3 months and those who are breastfeeding should exercise caution in both aromatic cooking and aromatherapy. Some oils are contraindicated for them.
  • Keep essential oils out of the reach of children.

 

Essential oils can trigger allergic reactions.

 

USAGE PRECAUTIONS

 

  • Only use 100% pure, 100% natural, and chemotyped essential oils, preferably certified as organic. This ensures a high-quality product with a known chemical composition and free from pesticides.

 

  • Avoid using essential oils in baby food (up to 3 years old): firstly, some essential oils may be contraindicated for young children, and secondly, babies already have a wide range of flavors to discover!

 

  • For children under 6 years old, their palates are still developing a taste for “classic” flavors. They may not appreciate the unique aromas of aromatic cooking. It’s better to introduce them gradually starting from the age of 6, beginning with familiar flavors like citrus, for example.

 

  • Never swallow essential oils undiluted or even on a sugar cube because they are highly concentrated.

 

  • Always dilute essential oils in a fatty and/or sweet substance: honey, oil, cereal syrup, cake batter, etc. Water, broth, or milk is not sufficient; a syrupy or fatty substance is required. Dosage must be precise to the drop!

 

Sometimes, one drop too many can render the preparation inedible. So, respect some basic rules:

  • Never incorporate the oil directly into the dish with the dropper, as an accidental drop can easily happen.
  • Always dilute the drop(s) in a spoonful of fatty or syrupy substance before adding it to the preparation.
  • Follow the number of drops indicated in the recipe or, if in doubt, stick to 1 drop per dish.

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