Chamomile (Roman) Hydrosol
- Distillation Method: Steam
- Country of Origin: United Kingdom
- Plant Part: Flower
- Latin Name: Anthemis nobilis
About the Oil: This delicately aromatic oil has an exceptionally soft and sweet aroma and is highly sought after for its remarkable calming effects, especially on children.
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About The Plant
Anthemis nobilis is a pleasant-smelling perennial with feather, fern-like leaves and branched, creeping stems topped by small, daisy-like flowers. A smaller herbal plant with larger flowers than that of German Chamomile, Roman Chamomile is native to Western Europe and widely cultivated in England, Belgium, Italy, France, Hungary, and the United States. The whole plant has a distinct scent, reminiscent of sweet apples.
About The Oil
Our Roman Chamomile essential oil is steam distilled from flowers organically grown in Hungary. This organic Hungarian variety has the finest aroma of any Roman Chamomile essential oil we've ever experienced. For aromatic uses we highly recommend this oil. We've also added a lovely Roman Chamomile hydrosol from the UK, the distillate water of the essential oil production process. It is excellent for use with young children, or for daily skin care.
Roman Chamomile essential oil is highly sought after for its remarkable calming effects. It can impart its soothing effects in exceptionally small amounts. This makes it one of the best oils for children alongside Mandarin and Lavender. Its action differs from Mandarin in that Mandarin is uplifting as well as relaxing. Lavender is more noticeable to the nose, so some children will go for it while others may not.
Roman Chamomile Oil is used extensively in Europe for the skin, increasing the ability of the skin to regenerate. It is similar to Blue 'German' Chamomile in this respect, though without such a strong anti-inflammatory effect. The two essential oils are quite different chemically.
The herb has had a medicinal reputation in the Mediterranean region for over 2000 years, and is still in widespread use throughout the world.
THERAPEUTICS DESCRIBED BY AROMATHERAPY SPECIALISTS
From Chrissie Wildwood’s The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy1:
Calms nervous tension
Soothes inflamed & irritated skin conditions
From Salvatore Battaglia’s The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy2:
Comforting to “the head and brain”
Considered one of the gentlest essential oils
Recommended for use with children
“full of sunshine and joy…harmonizing, peaceful, and soothing to the spirit”
PROPERTIES OF ROMAN CHAMOMILE REPORTED IN PEER-REVIEWED RESEARCH
SUMMARY OF RESEARCH STUDIES
Roman Chamomile essential oil was tested against various strains of pathogenic bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus faecalis, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Proteus vulgaris, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Salmonella sp.) and was found to have strong antimicrobial activity against every bacteria tested.3
Hypertensive rats that were given an aqueous extract of Roman chamomile showed significantly reduced systolic blood pressure after a 3-week period.4
Roman chamomile essential oil was found to significantly reduce inflammation in irritated rat paws.5
Rats were given inhaled doses of Roman chamomile over a two-week period and were reported as showing significantly reduced depressive-like behaviors.6
Roman chamomile essential oil exhibited strong antioxidant activity in vitro.7
In a study on patients with chronic bronchial asthma, the subjects inhaled Roman chamomile steam, which resulted in significant improvement in forced expiratory volume and forced volume capacity. Inhaling Roman chamomile steam also led to a marked reduction in the number of asthma attacks.8
Direct inhalation, diffuser, oil vaporiser
Massage, compress, ointment, bath, sitz bath, douche, skin care
According to Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt in Advanced Aromatherapy, "" Even in very small concentrations, whether alone or in combinations with other oils [Roman Chamomile] has a soothing effect. It relieves cramps and spasms and helps relieve shock. In such cases, it is appropriate to massage a few undiluted drops into the solar plexus.”
The combination of antibacterial and skin regenerating properties make it great for scrapes and cuts.
Rub into the solar plexus to relieve tension or into the abdomen to relieve stomach complaints. We have used it alone, or in combination with Ginger, in a carrier oil as a very effective for bellyaches.
A few drops in warm water can be taken internally. Chamomile is exceptionally safe.
Chamomile essential oil can effectively minimize irritability and nervousness in many children.
Chamomile, Mandarin, Lavender oil and Vanilla oil are the four primary essential oils for this purpose. It has been used for centuries to calm crying children, soothe stomach aches and relieve teething pain.
This light, pale blue-tinted essential oil has a slightly citrus and delicate floral top note blends with a light pine and warm herbaceous middle note, supported by a light buttery undertone.
Given it's inherently delicate nature, Roman Chamomile blends well with Clary Sage, Geranium, Lavender, Rose, Bergamot, Jasmine, and Lavender.
Non-toxic, non-irritant. One of the most gentle and non-toxic essential oils available, it can however cause dermatitis in some highly sensitive individuals, therefore a small 'test patch' on the skin is recommended before more liberal topical application. Safe for use on children.
1. Wildwood, Chrissie. Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy. Healing Arts Press, 2000.
2. Battaglia, Salvatore. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. International Centre of Holystic Aromatherapy, 2003.
3. Bail, Stefanie, et al. “Antimicrobial Activities of Roman Chamomile Oil From France and Its Main Compounds.” Journal of Essential Oil Research, vol. 21, no. 3, 2009, pp. 283–286., doi:10.1080/10412905.2009.9700171.
4. Zeggwagh, N. A., et al. “Hypotensive Effect of Chamaemelum Nobile Aqueous Extract in Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats.” Clinical and Experimental Hypertension, vol. 31, no. 5, 2009, pp. 440–450., doi:10.1080/10641960902825453.
5. Rossi, T., et al. “Sedative, Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Diuretic Effects Induced in Rats by Essential Oils of Varieties of Anthemis Nobilis: A Comparative Study.” Pharmacological Research Communications, vol. 20, no. 5, 1988, pp. 71–74., doi:10.1016/s0031-6989(88)80844-0.
6. Kong, Yingying, et al. “Inhalation of Roman Chamomile Essential Oil Attenuates Depressive-like Behaviors in Wistar Kyoto Rats.” Science China Life Sciences, vol. 60, no. 6, 16 May 2017, pp. 647–655., doi:10.1007/s11427-016-9034-8.
7. Piccaglia, Roberta, et al. “Antibacterial and Antioxidant Properties of Mediterranean Aromatic Plants.” Industrial Crops and Products, vol. 2, no. 1, 1992, pp. 47–50., doi:10.1016/0926-6690(93)90010-7.
8. Al-Jawad, Faruk H., et al. “Broncho-Relaxant Activity of Nigella Sativa versus Anthemis Nobilis in Chronic Bronchial Asthma; a Comparative Study of Efficacy.” IOSR Journal of Pharmacy, vol. 2, no. 4, July 2012, pp. 81–83., doi:10.9790/3013-24208183.