Benefits And Uses Of Roman Chamomile
Learn more about this sweet smelling essential oil well-known for its benefits in rest and relaxation
LEARN MORE ABOUT ROMAN CHAMOMILE ESSENTIAL OIL
When you first hear the word “chamomile”, you might think of a warm and soothing cup of tea to help settle your stomach or prepare your body and mind for rest. Chamomile is the common name of the plant in the Asteraceae family of plants with small, white daisy-like flowers and a sweet, subtle, apple-like aroma, well-regarded for its use as a tummy-taming beverage. Two of the species, Matricaria chamomilla (German Chamomile) and Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) are most popularly used when making herbal infusions and as a flavoring agent in everything from foods and beverages to soaps and cosmetics. Roman Chamomile is highly regarded as ‘true chamomile’ and sometimes referred to as ‘the heal-all herb’.
What if we told you that this sweet and herbal essential oil also has one of the most storied histories for use in aromatherapy and in traditional medicine practices dating back thousands of years?
HISTORY AND TRADITIONAL USES OF ROMAN CHAMOMILE ESSENTIAL OIL
The uses of chamomile throughout history can be traced back to the Ancient Egyptians who used the calming, sedative properties of this plant to treat colds and flus, to relax the body and mind, act as a gentle sleep aid and to support in relaxing muscular and nervous tension. Roman chamomile was so highly regarded that it was used in ceremony to honor the gods and to embalm those who had passed. In ancient Egypt, chamomile was sacred to the sun god Ra and was highly revered over all other herbs; chamomile flowers have been depicted as part of ancient hieroglyphics that date back over 2000 years.
Today, chamomile grows abundantly all over the world. Roman chamomile specifically is well regarded for having natural sedative properties, for easing digestive properties and allergies and for treating conditions of the skin such as burns, dryness or eczema.
We’re focusing on two of our popular product categories, sleep and stress, to share more about how roman chamomile can support your wellness through these versatile blends.
ROMAN CHAMOMILE TO SUPPORT YOUR BODY AND MIND AT BEDTIME
Well-renowned for helping to induce deep relaxation and feelings of peace and calm for the body and mind, roman chamomile is included in some of our most popular formulas to help support you in getting a good night’s rest.
Nighttime products featuring roman chamomile:
Sleep Well roll-on: our top selling product to support a restful night, this roll-on essential oil blend is formulated with a number of key ingredients that help both your body and mind to move into deep relaxation. Our hero ingredient valerian root is an earthy, musky herb that is prized in herbalism and aromatherapy for its ability to create feelings of deep peace and calm at bedtime. Other soothing essential oils include jasmine, neroli, roman chamomile and lavender for the ultimate bedtime ritual. Try rolling along the wrists, throat, temples and pulse points in the evening time to begin your wind down.
Tranquility diffuser blend: a Community Member staple for many years, this gentle, balancing and serene diffuser blend encourages you to breathe deeply, thus allowing you to feel rested and relaxed when diffused at bedtime. We’ve blended this formula with delicate florals of lavender and roman chamomile alongside herbaceous marjoram for your own personal oasis of calm.
Sleep Well bath salt soak: wind down before bed with this restful bath blend, another popular product in the Sleep Well category. Powerful yet soothing essential oils of tangerine, blue chamomile, roman chamomile and vetiver are blended with soothing, balancing sea and epsom salts, coming together to set the stage for a good night's rest. We recommend 2-5 tablespoons of salts once you’ve filled the bath and are ready to climb in.
Sleep Well body butter: of course you’ll need to treat your skin after a warm bath, which is why we created the Sleep Well body butter to round out our well-loved line of products to help you feel prepped and ready for your best sleep, ever. This smoothing, softening, hydrating and nourishing body butter combines shea, cocoa seed and mango seed butter with peaceful essential oils of orange, vetiver, marjoram and roman chamomile to treat the skin and ease the mind at nighttime.
ROMAN CHAMOMILE TO HELP SOOTHE FEELINGS OF WORRY AND STRESS
Very few of us can say that we’re not affected by stress at one time or another. Stress can manifest as both physical and emotional sensations in the body, which is why it’s imperative to hone our skills as stress-busters. Roman chamomile is well regarded for its use in relieving stress, which is why we’ve included it as part of our most popular stress reducing products.
Stress-busting products featuring roman chamomile:
Stress Release roll-on: when you want to invite calm, tranquility and serenity, reach for this grounding and harmonizing roll-on blend. We formulated Stress Release with a number of essential oils that many people report help them feel at ease, like lavender, geranium, clary sage and roman chamomile. Try rolling along the forehead, neck and shoulders to help calm the spirit.
Stress Release diffuser blend: a version of Stress Release you can diffuse in the air, this Community-favorite diffuser blend lets you create a tranquil atmosphere, wherever you are. Floral and herbaceous notes of lavender, vetiver, myrtle and roman chamomile will linger in the air, helping you to feel grounded and at peace.
Stress Release body oil: this powerful blend of grounding essential oils can be used as a body hydrator, a massage oil or a complement to your bath time routine when you’re looking for de-stressing and soothing. The base of this body oil, grapeseed oil, apricot kernel oil and vitamin E, mingles with mild and balancing roman chamomile, clary sage and orange for a supportive body care product.
Stress Release mist: for a burst of freshness and a stress-reducing pick-me-up, try spritzing Stress Release mist in the air above your head and take a few deep breaths as the mist falls gently into your breathing space. Restore a sense of balance, feel clarified and breathe deeply with this personal mist containing lavender, roman chamomile and orange for a sense of stress relief.
EXPLORE ROMAN CHAMOMILE AS A SINGLE NOTE ESSENTIAL OIL
For those looking to enjoy the pure experience of roman chamomile, this sweet, herbaceous essential oil can also be purchased as a single note. Many people choose to use roman chamomile to help support stress relief, to encourage rest, to treat minor skin conditions and to help ease feelings of pain in the body.
LIFESTYLE TIPS FOR INCORPORATING ROMAN CHAMOMILE INTO YOUR DAILY WELLNESS ROUTINE
We hope you’ve learned something new about chamomile today, and are more inclined to consider adding this versatile and multi-purpose essential oil to your daily wellness routine. Here are three of our favorite ways to get a little more roman chamomile into your life:
- In massage. Add a few drops of pure roman chamomile essential oil to your favorite unscented carrier oil like jojoba and slowly, intentionally massage the body to inspire feelings of peace and calm. Better yet, trade stress-relieving massages with a friend or partner!
- In the bath. Add 3-5 drops of this soothing and balancing oil to a few tablespoons of carrier oil and swish into the bath to disperse. Climb in and get ready to feel at ease.
- In a diffuser. Every now and then, we love the pure, herbal, sweet and apple-like notes in our diffuser to inspire true relaxation and stillness. Bonus points if you try roman chamomile in your diffuser at nighttime.
Chamomile conjures thoughts of cozy evenings and soothing mugs of tea; however Roman Chamomile is one of the oldest recorded medicinal herbs and has been used for centuries to treat a host of ailments.