LATIN NAME-----anthemis nobilis[romanchamomile]
Matricaria chamomile [german chamomile]
AROMA----- a furity, apple –like fragrance.
FEATURES----indigenous to Britain and cultivated in Germany. France and morocco. Both roman and German chamomile share many features; about 12 inches high with white flower, yellow centre and slightly furry leaves. German chamomile is slightly smaller. Essential oil from both types contains azulene [a powerful anti-inflammatory agent] not actually present in the plant but formed in the oil. German chamomile contains a little more and is a deep blue colour- sometimes known as ‘Hungarian chamomile- just to confuse the issue.
CHEMICALCONSTITUENTS---- anthemis nobills angelic, methacrylic, tiglic [acid], azuline [sesquiterpene], matricaria chamomilla; cuminic [aldehyde], azuline [sesquiterpene].
PROPERTIES---- analgesic, antiallergenic, anticonvulsive, antidepressant, antiemetic, antiphlogistic, antipruritic, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cholagogue, cicatrisant, digestive, diuretic, emollient, emmenagogue, febrifuge, hepatic, nervine, sedative, splenetic, stomachic, sudorific, tonic, vermifuge, vulnerary.
PRECAUTIONS---- an emmenagogue, so should be avoided in the early months of pregnancy.
MIND---- a very soothing oil easing anxiety, tension, anger and fear promotes relaxation, gives patience, peace and allays worries. Calms the mind and is often helpful with insomnia.
BODY---- its analgesic action eases dull muscular pain, particularly when connected to nervous conditions. Low back pain seems to respond well. in the some way useful for headaches, neuralgia, toothache and earache.
Indicated for use with repeated infections, since it stimulates production of white corpuscles which help to fight bacteria and fortify the defence system. Could be effective against anaemia.
EFFECT ON SKIN----- soothes burns, blisters, inflamed wounds, ulcers and boils. could be helpful with dermatitis, acne, herpes, psoriasis, hypersensitive skins as well as allergic conditions generally. smooths out broken capillaries, improving elasticity. Good for dry and itchy skin, eases puffiness and strengthens the tissues. An excellent skin cleanser.
BLENDS---- angelica, benzoin, bergamot,geranium, jasmine, lavender lemon, marjoram, neroli palmarosa patchouli, rose, ylang ylang.
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