Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils to maintain health and well being. Chamomile oil is one of the commonly used essential oil in aromatherapy. It has relaxing and sedative benefits and smells of fruity apple and straw. It is prepared through steam distillation of the flower.
Benefits of using chamomile oil
Mental – Calms the mind and eases fear, anxiety, anger, worries and tension during times of physical and emotional stress. Brings peace and patience and enhances overall feelings of calm and relaxation. Chamomile herb taken in form of tea helps in treating insomnia.
Physical – Provides a nervine action, relieving pain associated with the nerves such as neuralgia, headaches, toothache, and earache. A gentle relaxant for menopause and menstrual cramps and pains. Chamomile is good remedy for gastrointestinal problems. Provides a relief to those suffering with gastritis, diarrhea, colitis, peptic ulcers, flatulence, and inflammation of the bowels. Also useful for genito-urinary tract problems. Possibly useful for liver problems such as jaundice. Has mild effect on children facing teething problem and earache.
Skin – Chamomile is also used in treating skin problems, providing soothing calming and cleansing action useful for burns, blisters, inflamed wounds, ulcers, boils, dermatitis, eczema, rashes, wounds, and hypersensitive skin problems. Also used for dry, itchy skin, puffiness, allegeric conditions in general. Reportedly smoothes out broken capillaries, blisters improving elasticity and tissue strength. It can be used to lighten fair hair.
Using Chamomile oil
• For bath or massage, add 10 drops to a warm bath for relaxation. Diluted with a carrier oil, it can be massaged in, and used as a compress for headaches.
• It is also an excellent household disinfectant.
• A calming massage of Roman Chamomile diluted with a carrier oil relaxes sore overworked muscles or inflamed joints.
• Diffuse fragrant Roman Chamomile in the Crystal Diffuser to ease headaches and nervous tension.
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