Chamomile, Blue/German (Chamomilla recutica)
This essential oil is extremely helpful on allergic or sensitive skin due to its anti-inflammatory and soothing action. It is soothing and calming, particularly when stress or anxiety is inclined to make a person fretful, irritable or nervous.
What does German Chamomile (Blue) smell like?
German Chamomile (otherwise known as Blue Chamomile) has a strong, yet sweet fragrance with a warm and herbaceous aroma reminiscent of tobacco and hay. It offers a wonderfully calming effect, and helps to alleviate insomnia and worries.
Where does German Chamomile (Blue) originate from?
Despite its name, German Chamomile actually originates from Egypt but can also be found in many countries throughout Europe. The essence is extracted from the daisy looking Chamomile flower heads and is exported to Germany for steam distillation. German Chamomile essential oil is blue in colour, hence the nickname.
What are the properties of German Chamomile (Blue) oil?
The flower head of German Chamomile is used in modern medicine and research shows that it is successful in reducing anxiety and depression in adults if taken over an 8 week period, daily. It also has the following amazing medicinal properties:
How to use German Chamomile (Blue) oil?
German Chamomile has cooling and harmonising effects and this makes it an excellent choice for relieving tensions of any kind including stress, migraines, nervous tensions and insomnia. Use in an oil burner or vaporiser to release the calming aroma throughout the home and particularly in the bedroom if a good night’s sleep is badly needed.
Thanks to its gentle nature, it can be used for children’s conditions in low doses if they have skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema or dry and irritable skin. It can be applied topically by using a compress (mix the German Chamomile oil with water and soak a cloth in it) on the affected area. A compress is also a great way to relieve headaches by placing on the forehead, closing the eyes, laying back and relaxing until the symptoms subside.
In massage, German Chamomile can be mixed with Almond carrier oil and Rosemary oil to ease joint pain and cramping muscles while having the additional benefit of leaving you feeling relaxed and stress-free!
The astringent properties in German Chamomile oil also make it a great way to cleanse the pores. Add a few drops to your regular facial cleanser and apply with cotton balls in light strokes.
German Chamomile (Blue) oil essential oil recipes
Calming Chamomile Face Mask For Sensitive Skin
This soothing face mask helps to calm even the most sensitive of skin. The honey acts as a natural antibacterial and antiseptic, as well as providing much needed moisture and nourishment to skin, while chamomile and avocado moisturise and replenish the skin.
The fresh ingredients in this all-natural mask won’t keep for long. Keep refrigerated in an air-tight container and use within 3 days.
- 1/2 tablespoon Kaolin Clay
- 1/2 tablespoon Rolled Oats
- 1/2 teaspoon Avocado OR Evening Primrose oil
- 1/2 teaspoon Aloe Vera juice
- 1/2 teaspoon Honey
- 1/2 teaspoon Yogurt or Milk
- 1 drop Chamomile
- 1 drop Jasmine
- 1 drop Lavender
- With a pestle and mortar or coffee grinder, grind the oats into a fine powder
- Combine the honey, oil and aloe vera together in a small bowl. Whisk until completely blended.
- Fold in the clay and oats slowly and add the yoghurt until the consistency is a smooth paste
- Add the essential oils to a small bottle and roll between your hands to mix the oils together to ensure they’re thoroughly blended. Add to the oils to the paste, and mix thoroughly
To use your homemade mask, first remove dirt and makeup with a gentle oil-based cleanser and sweep over your face and neck. Smooth the mask onto your face, neck and your décolletage, and leave for 15-20 minutes. Wash off thoroughly and pat your skin dry. Don’t forget to admire your reflection and follow-up with an affirmation of self-acceptance and love
“I approve of myself and I love myself. My life is a gift. I will use this gift with confidence, joy and exuberance.”
Chamomile Headache Busting Temple Balm
Tension headaches can come at the most infuriating times, turning a regular meeting or errand into an excruciating nightmare. This simple to make blend can really help you to ease tension and bring a sense of calm to the most stressful of situations. To use, simply massage into your temples in gentle, small circles.
To make your own balm, firstly add the essential oil to an empty bottle and roll between your palms for a minute or so to ensure they are sufficiently mixed. Melt the butter and Beeswax is a double boiler (a bowl suspended over boiling water) remove from the heat and add in your pre-blended oils and the Vitamin E. Mix thoroughly and pour into a dark glass jar to set. To make a more solid balm, increase the beeswax. You can also make this balm with just one essential oil of your choice, making it particularly great if you have a firm favourite. Use the directions above, but add 10 drops of your chosen oil.
- 1/4 cup Shea Butter
- 1 tablespoon Beeswax, grated
- 1 tablespoon Grapeseed
- 1/4 teaspoon (or 1 capsule) Vitamin E
- 8 drops Lavender essential oil
- 1 drop Jasmine essential oil
- 1 drop Chamomile OR Lemon Balm essential oil
Oils to compliment German Chamomile (Blue) oil
- Clary Sage
- Rose Otto
Anything to note?
Do not use when pregnant or breastfeeding. Store in a cool, dark place and keep out of reach of children. Do not ingest. Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil before using topically.