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Ashlí Miréla
BCompMed. mFENACO/Naturopath. S.E.N (SANC). DipNut. DipAdv DTM. DipArom. YTTC

Chamomile oils history.

There are several types of chamomile used in aromatherapy, with Roman and German (belonging to the Asteraceae family), being the most common and popular across multiple essential oil applications. There is also Moroccan Chamomile that belongs to the same botanical family as the German and Roman chamomile, but it is a distinctly different plant. Tansy Blue is Moroccan chamomile’s other name and thought to be a true chamomile.

Chamomile is one of the most ancient medicinal herbs known to mankind with its history going back as far as the ancient Egyptians who devoted it to their Gods due to its ability to treat acute fever. It was also used by the Egyptians as part of the embalming oil used to preserve Pharaohs in their tombs, and the ladies of nobility used it as a skincare treatment, according to hieroglyphics.

The Romans used it in medicines, beverages and incense and the Anglo-Saxons considered it among the nine sacred herbs and used it for healing and ceremonies. Chamomile cultivation began in the 16th century eventually becoming a mainstay in the doctors black bags in Europe and the early days of the United States, due to its diverse health benefits.

But its main claim to fame is undoubtedly for its soothing and calming effects on the skin (especially itchy skin). Whenever we have sunburn, itchy spots or a rash, we find ourselves reaching for the chamomile lotion.

Uses of Chamomile oil.


Chamomile oil is best known for…


Botanical name: Anthemis nobilis

Origin: Native to southern and western Europe. Principle places of production, Chile, Bulgaria, France, England and Hungary.

Aroma characteristics: sweet and warm with a strong apple-like aroma.

Therapeutic properties

• analgesic • antidepressant • anti-inflammatory • antiseptic • bactericidal • carminative • hepatic • hypnotic • nervine • sedative (nerve) • stimulates leucocytosis (production of white blood cells) • stomachic • tonic • vulnerary.

Therapeutic uses

All the essential oils highlighted in this column are available at The Emporium of the Enchanted Forest (inside the VaVa Yoga Studio), and you can explore our Apothecary and discuss any questions you may have with me, Ashlí.


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