Roman Chamomile Oil

Anthemis nobilis

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Dried Roman Chamomile
Soothes body and mind
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Not to be confused with its German counterpart, Roman chamomile is the smaller of the two flowers, but by no means less mighty. With an apple-like fragrance, the oil is renowned for its calming effects on the body and mind.



Native to western Europe, and rarely more than nine inches tall, Roman chamomile plant creates a ferny and fine carpet where planted which makes it a popular ground cover in gardens globally. The yellow and white daisy-like flowers are used to obtain the essential oil which, surprisingly, turns a pale blue colour during distillation. 

The flower has been used throughout history to treat and relieve wounds, burns and sunburns, as well as skin irritations. Its antifungal and antibacterial properties make it deodorising and cleansing, perfect for use in soaps and oral hygiene products.

Chamomile is also often used in shampoos and hair treatments as it helps to bring out yellow tones in hair, giving blonde hair a brighter appearance.

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Flower Power

The flowers lose 80% of their weight during the drying process, so a full hectare of flowers must be picked just to fulfil Lush’s annual order

Roman chamomile, also known as anthemis nobilis, is a special variety whose sturdy stems give fancifully fragranced flowers for a few weeks each year. These flowers, which resemble densely petal-packed daisies, are collected each summer when they are in full bloom and can be used fresh, dried, or distilled for essential oil. At Lush we extravagantly adorn each Karma Komba Shampoo Bar with a whole bloom. They are also an important ingredient in our Marilyn hair treatment for blonde hair, as the flowers have a lightening and brightening effect.

We’ve been buying highly-prized Roman Chamomile from the North-Western region of France since 2013. The farmers have been growing flowers for generations, and honing their expertise to obtain the best quality and high volumes. They now harvest over 50MT of fresh flowers each summer, working hard to nurture the crop and protect each blossom to achieve a beautiful essential oil as well as the brightest and prettiest flowers.

Roman chamomile is very special in that the blossoms hold on to their petals after drying, which means they can be transported in bulk without too much damage, and they even retain their fragrance for a long time. After planting in October/November, the flowers are harvested from all fields in July/August. We buy dried flowers to adorn Karma Komba shampoo bar and to use in the subtly brightening, sweet-scented flavour potion at the base of Marilyn hair treatment. The flowers, which have a sweet, herbaceous fragrance, lose 80% of their weight during the drying process, so a full hectare of flowers must be picked just to fulfil Lush’s orders each year.

The flowers need to be carefully picked so as to avoid compromising the yield with stems or soil. During the harvest season the farm requires 10 people to pick the flowers, 20 more to separate them into different grades/qualities, and a further 10 to look after the drying or processing them for oil.

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.