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.
After picking, our flowers are dried in one-tonne mounds in a specially-built warehouse, where they are piled around 30cm deep on a raised mesh floor. The flowers need to be dried quickly in order to preserve their beautiful fragrance, so warm air is fanned in under the mesh floor and the blooms are turned over with long-pronged forks.
Flower production is an important part of the French rural economy and there is a community culture among farmers in each district. Because growing roman chamomile takes a lot of nutrients from the soil, our farmers work with their neighbours to interchange food crops such as wheat onto the space in certain years, so as to repair the soil while still receiving produce from the land, rather than just leaving it fallow.