Calming and relaxing
One of the most soothing essential oils, Chamomile is a great anti-inflammatory helping to improve the condition and appearance of the skin, hair and scalp. It’s scent has a calming effect on the mind, helping to relax the body and settle emotions.
Traditionally used in aromatherapy, the oil is blue in colour. The most commonly used varieties of chamomile are Roman chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) and German chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla). Roman chamomile is an evergreen perennial plant with aromatic leaves. In summer, long stalked, solitary flowers are produced, with creamy white or yellow discs. The flowers are collected when they are in full bloom and used fresh, frozen, or dried. Chamomile essential oil is extracted from the flowers via steam distillation. Chamomile can also be used to make an infusion or decoction, chamomile flowers are added to boiling water and the mixture is strained - this infusion can be added to products designed to give soothing effects.