Relax with Sunny Chamomile

Chamomile Tea

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Roman Chamomile was an essential oil I studied in school. Teachers said it was sedating with an apple-like scent. Frankly, I never understood it… until I visited a friend in Turkey. We were driving around exploring ancient ruins when I opened the car door at a place that had been a healing center. A sweet, apple-like scent overwhelmed me. I looked out to see a vast field of wild Chamomile spread across the site. I stood still and soaked in the wondrous, relaxing smell, and I knew. This was what the fuss was all about.

The essential oil of Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) is distilled from the plant’s daisy-like flowers. It can calm those who feel irritable due to discomfort and indigestion as well as stress and nervous emotions. Women use it to ease menstrual and pregnancy woes, while children are soothed and nurtured by its scent. The oil tames nausea, muscle spasms, anger and headaches, and is anti-inflammatory, antidepressant and antiseptic. If that isn’t enough, it benefits all skin conditions, cellulite and exhaustion.

With a history of use for stress, researchers investigated the effects of essential oils on the anxiety, sleep, and blood pressure of heart patients in an intensive care unit. Environmental stress and unresolved anxiety interfere with patient security, care, and sleep, so they turned to a blend of Roman Chamomile, Lavender and Neroli for relief. The conclusion was that aromatherapy effectively reduced the anxiety levels and increased the sleep quality of the patients. Perhaps everyone can benefit from this blend.

I learned from Aromahead Institute that Roman Chamomile can reduce allergies. On a webinar they offered an Anti-Allergy essential oil recipe with Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata), Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) and Frankincense (Boswellia carterii).

When you picture the sun-shaped flower of Roman Chamomile, you can imagine it easing anxiety with its sunny disposition. Even when mid-summer’s sun gets overly hot, the child-like simplicity of a field of tiny, sweet flowers can take you to a happy place. For me that place is a historic spot in Turkey.