7 Awesome Benefits of Chamomile Essential Oil

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7 Awesome Benefits of Chamomile Essential Oil

Essential oils are the bomb for your skin. What are they? They are derived from plants and they have strong potency. Basically, they are the genie in a bottle.

So today, we are discussing: chamomile essential oil.

Chamomile is one of the oldest herbs known to humankind. It is always an integral part of ancient medicines in both traditional and non-traditional forms. Chamomile is a member of the Asteraceae/ Compositae family, and there are two different varieties is available:

  • Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum Nobile)
  • German chamomile (Chamomilla Recutita)

They look slightly different from one another and so as their chemical composition. Research has been done on both varieties and found that active ingredient: chamazulene is higher in german chamomile.

But we are here to discuss the benefits of chamomile essential oil, so here they are:

  • Digestion
  • Skin irritation
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Anti-cancer properties
  • Common Cold
  • Wound healing
  • Sciatica

1. Digestion

Chamomile is a boon for those people who have digestion issues, ulcers, gastrointestinal irritation, and other stomach related issues.

So, how are you feeling? Do you have any cramps? Or bloating?

If so, then check this – A 2018 research study shows the effect of chamomile oil tropically on bowel activity postoperative after cesarean surgery. The researchers found that those people who applied chamomile oil on their abdomen feel more relaxed than patients who didn’t.

Chamomile oil has antiseptic properties which inhibit the growth of harmful microorganisms that are present in the intestine. And rescue your good old pal – gut. 

Healthy guts, healthy life. 

2. Skin irritation

Chamomile essential oil can ease skin rashes and scarring. A study done on human volunteers demonstrate chamomile essential oils can penetrate deep into the surface of the skin. This makes them essential for topical usage as anti-inflammatory agents.

Wow… but don’t use it directly over the skin. Dilute it with coconut oil, mix 3-4 drops of chamomile essential oil with coconut oil and dab it on your skin. It soothes and calms the skin. Also, hydrate and moisture it.

3. Generalized anxiety disorder

Depression and anxiety are common diseases nowadays, low level of cortisol hormone can give birth to this problem. And sleeping disorder, restlessness, nightmares, panic, fatigue, etc. comes with a package deal. 

Chamomile oil calms you, provides relief, lifts your mood, and helps in generalized anxiety disorder. 

Chamomile oil helps in reducing anxiety symptoms and increase morning cortisol levels. Due to its tranquillizing and sedating properties, chamomile essential oil provides relief from nightmares.

4. Anti-cancer properties

Apigenin which is present in chamomile oil, in recent studies, it shows that it can inhibit the growth of cancer cell. Cancer cell needs blood to keep the tumour alive. And apigenin reduces the ability of cancer cells to grow blood vessels. 

Are you sneezing?

Do you have a cold? 

Now here’s a tip for you.

5. Common Cold

A common cold is not life-threatening, but it is the most common, viral infectious human disease. Inhaling steam with chamomile extracts can help in common cold symptoms. 

It can decongest the chest and can unclog the stuffy nose. Now stop sneezing around. And have steam right now.

6. Wound healing

Chamomile has excellent wound healing properties than tetracycline ointment. It has significant antibacterial properties.

Is your back okay? If not, I’ve got your back.

7. Sciatica

Chamomile oil and preferably roman chamomile oil helps in sciatica back pain. Just apply some few drops and massage it. Apply all over on the back, hips and legs too. It will soothe the sciatic nerve and give you relief. 

Now we know all the awesome benefits let’s see how we can use it:

1. Aromatherapy applications

2. Topical applications

In aromatherapy applications, you can use diffuser or spray.

If you are using a diffuser, always follow the instruction. Put some essential oil in a diffuser, diffuser allows the scent to evaporate and spread through rooms. And enjoy the aroma of the oil. 

If you are using a spray bottle, put 10-15 drops of essential oil, dilute it with an ounce of water. Shake well before using it.

Piece of advice – Never use a plastic bottle for spraying as chamomile oil can break down the plastic bottle over time.

Whereas in topical applications, you should always dilute the essential oil in any carrier oil which suits you. You can use chamomile oil in massaging, in bathing, or mix with lotion as well. Always do the patch test before applying it on a large area.

Is there any side effect?

Well, yes, chamomile essential oil or any essential oils are concentrated and potent oils. So, you might experience side effects if you are allergic to.

Pregnant and breastfeeding

If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you should first consult your doctor before using chamomile essential oil as it is very potent and concentrated.

Chamomile essential oil is indeed impressive for the overall health; however, precautions need to be taken care when using it.

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I’m a passionate writer with a love for beauty, lifestyle, and fashion. I aim to inspire the world with my writing. Mary is a Podcaster and a professional skincare enthusiast who loves all things lifestyle and wellness. In her free time, she enjoys curating articles for her readers in various popular online magazines.

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