Chamomile, Roman (Anthemis nobilis)
Like a big hug in a bottle, this earthy, floral scent calms the mind, eases anxiety, and helps carry you to the land of nod. Use Roman Chamomile topically to relieve muscle cramps, menstrual tension and to repel insects. Powerfully soothing Chamomile can be diffused to create a sense of calm and tranquility in even the most stressful situations.
What does Roman Chamomile oil smell like?
Roman Chamomile can be described as floral, herbaceous, earthy and fruity. The fruit element may remind you of sweet apples and overall it is not dissimilar to the comforting aroma of a cup of warm, chamomile tea.
Where does Roman Chamomile oil originate from?
The Chamomile plant is native to Asia and Europe, it grows well in sunny, well drained areas and is now cultivated in many more locations that have the right growing conditions including South Africa. The Chamomile plant looks very similar to the daisy plant and it is part of the same family. It is thought that a 19th century English botanist distinguished this particular Chamomile plant as ‘Roman’ as it was discovered growing in the Roman Coliseum.
Little known fact: The word Chamomile derives from the the Greek word Chamaimēlon, Chamai meaning 'on the ground' and mēlon meaning 'apple
What are the properties of Roman Chamomile oil?
Roman Chamomile is known for its calming and soothing effects and differs somewhat from the properties you would expect from its close relatives, German, Moroccan or Blue Chamomile oils. Use Roman Chamomile for the following:
- Calming and relaxing
- Anxiety and low mood
- Anti bacterial
- Insect repellent
- Menstrual cramps
- Relieving muscle tension
How to use Roman Chamomile oil
For tension, anxiety and soothing the psyche, Roman Chamomile can be inhaled via direct palm inhalation or using a diffuser. The gentle and calming qualities of the sweet aroma will quieten the mind, relax the body and uplift your spirits. Keep a bottle on your desk at work and periodically add a drop or two to a tissue close by so you can inhale the aroma, relaxing yourself (and any colleagues in your vicinity).
For menstrual cramps, rub a couple of drops of Roman Chamomile mixed with a carrier oil into your abdomen, lower back or anywhere you are feeling pain. Combine with a soothing cup of Chamomile tea to get double the impact from this medicinal herb.
If your body feels tired and sore, perhaps from over exertion at the gym or stress, combine Roman Chamomile with Yarrow oil and a base oil and gently massage the area where you are experiencing the tension. For double points light some candles and get a romantic partner to help administer the massage, and relax while the tension melts away.
Roman Chamomile oil recipes
Roman Chamomile sleep mist
If you’re having trouble sleeping, or your sleep quality is lacking, add Roman Chamomile to a spray atomiser with Lavender and distilled water. Spray the blend around your bedroom, and on any non-staining fabrics. The sedative effects of these oils combined will send you off to the land of nod and promote a peaceful, restorative sleep.
- 10 drops Roman Chamomile oil
- 10 drops of lavender
- 125 ml of distilled water
Relaxing Bath Bombs
There’s nothing like a long bath to soothe and rejuvenate your skin and muscles. To make your own bath bombs, combine the essential oils together, before belding with the other ingredients. Mix well, and press into individual moulds - a clean muffin or Yorkshire pudding tray works well for this. Leave to set for 24 hours before trialling a bath bomb.
- 8 oz. Baking Soda
- 4 oz. Citric Acid
- 4 oz. Corn Starch
- 4 oz. Epsom salt
- ¾ tsp. water
- 2 tsp. Roman Chamomile essential oil
- 2 tsp. Lavender essential oil
- 2 ½ tsp. Almond oil
Tip: why not add some dried lavender or rose petals to your bath bomb mixture? You could even try experimenting with colours, plastic-free glitter or even chunks of cocoa butter.
Oils to compliment Roman Chamomile oil
- Clary sage
- Citrus essences
- German Chamomile
- Ylang Ylang
Anything to note?
Always dilute Roman Chamomile oil. Some people have an allergic reaction to Chamomile so do a patch test before using on your skin and check with your dr before using is you are unsure of how you may react or if you have any long standing health issues. Avoid if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Keep out of reach of children. Store your essential oils in a cool, dark place. Do not ingest.