German Chamomile Oil, Some Uses

German Chamomile Oil, Some Uses

Roman on left, German on right

Roman on left, German on right

German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) is distilled from the dried flowers of the plant. It’s actually rather fascinating. The flowers are harvested just as they begin to bloom and then dried to preserve the active ingredients. Only then are they distilled.

Like Blue Tansy and Yarrow, German Chamomile also contains the compound azulene, which makes the oil blue in color. German Chamomile has a pungent scent to it that makes you think of an old herb cabinet.

Aromatic influences: The ability to relieve stress, tension, promote peace, dispel anger, stabilize the emotions, and release emotions linked to the past. Grounds and centers the spirit, creating a deep sense of inner calm.

Combines well with:

Patchouli, Frankincense, Petitgrain Bigarade, Geranium, Lavender, Rose, Neroli, Marjoram, Lemon, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Clary Sage, Rose Geranium

Points of interest

  • G.R.A.S.
  • Long standing history of use, especially in Europe. Used for skin care in particular.
  • After depilating body hair, if you find your skin is inflamed and sensitive, spread a few drops of German Chamomile over the area and then gently wipe of any excess with a tissue. (1)
  • German Chamomile drawingHas greater anti-inflammatory properties than Roman Chamomile.
  • Strong scent so use sparingly.
  • Most people don’t like the scent so pay attention to what you can mix it with because you can often get a better scent with mixing than you do alone.
  • Lessens pain.
  • Healing to the skin.
  • Pay attention to one thing, while allergies to essential oils aren’t that common the Chamomiles do tend to cause more allergic reactions so use carefully if you are prone to allergies.
  • Have fun with it!

German Chamomile 6Recipes

Here are a few recipes involving German Chamomile oil. To check for more, you can click on German Chamomile, or just Chamomile, in the tagged section at the end of the article. That will show you all articles mentioning it.

*Please note: With any recipe’s involving bath or massage blends, always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.

Relieve Nervous Tension

  • 2 drops German Chamomile
  • 4 drops Rosewood
  • 4 drops Lavender
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O. (Fractionated Coconut Oil)

Massage formula into areas of tension on your body. (12)

Spring Toner

  • 3 drops German Chamomile
  • 3 drops Clary Sage
  • 3 drops Geranium
  • 6 drops Lavender
  • 1 tablespoon Cider Vinegar
  • 2 ounces Witch Hazel
  • 5 ounces Water

Mix formula together and shake well before every use. Use to cleanse skin before you apply moisturizer. Can also use to tone bikini area after you shave. (2)

sara-little-yoga-blog-nyc-essential-oils-german-chamomileDry Skin Moisturizer

  • 1 drop German Chamomile
  • 4 drops Lavender
  • 10 ml Avocado oil
  • 1/8 cup Peachnut oil

Store in a dark colored glass bottle. Apply to clean skin daily. (6)

Fortify Sensitive Skin

  • 1 drop German Chamomile
  • 3 drops Rose
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil

Apply formula to your face every night to nourish the skin. (12)

Normal Skin Rejuvenator

  • 10 drops German Chamomile
  • 10 drops Rosewood
  • 10 drops Benzoin
  • 2 tablespoons Hazelnut oil

Combine all ingredients in a dark colored glass bottle. Mix well. Massage a portion into your face and neck after cleansing. Use daily.  (11)

German Chamomile 5Soothe Eczema, Psoriasis, or Burned Skin

  • 2 drops German Chamomile
  • 6 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Frankincense
  • 1 tablespoon Shea Butter

Apply to affected areas daily. (12)

chamomile-oilEase Mental and Emotional Stress

  • 1 drop German Chamomile
  • 4 drops Lavender
  • 1/2 tablespoon Jojoba

Add formula to a warm/hot bath and soak for 30 minutes. You can also dissolve formula into 1 cup epsom salts and add to bath water to soften skin and remove impurities. (12)

Eczema Ointment

  • 4 drops German Chamomile
  • 1/4 cup Almond oil
  • 15 grams Yellow Beeswax

Heat the beeswax and almond oil in a double boiler until wax is melted. Remove from heat and allow to cool a little before stirring in the essential oil. Pour into a clean, glass jar and cover tightly. Apply to affected areas 2 – 3 times a day. (6)

MassageArthritis and Rheumatism Massage

  • 2 drops German Chamomile
  • 10 drops Lavender
  • 5 drops Lemon
  • 1/8 cup Sunflower Seed oil
  • 1/8 cup Extra Virgin Olive oil

Store formula in a dark colored glass bottle. Apply formula after a bath or shower to facilitate absorption. (6)

Pre-Sport Bath

  • 2 drops German Chamomile
  • 3 drops Lavender
  • 4 drops Lemon
  • 3 drops Rosemary
  • 1 cup epsom salts

Dissolve oils into the epsom salts and add to a warm bath. Soak in the tub as a prelude to stretching. (2)

And finally,

While it is strong smelling, German Chamomile is a great oil. What are you planning to do with it? How do you like to use it?

Herbal Medicine: Chamomile


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