The most versatile of the chamomiles, Roman Chamomile is extracted from the small, white, daisy-like flower of the roman chamomile plant. Used widely for its calming properties, Roman Chamomile is especially soothing to the systems of the body and helps to support a healthy inflammatory response. Roman Chamomile grows close to the ground, reaching only up to a foot in height. It has gray-green leaves, flowers that resemble a daisy, and smells like apple. The plant has been nicknamed the “plant’s physician,” because it has positive effects on plants growing nearby.
Ancient Romans used the oil for mental clarity and courage during war. While the most common use of chamomile is in teas, Roman Chamomile can be found in face creams, drinks, hair dyes, shampoos, and perfumes. Roman Chamomile has a therapeutic, calming effect on the skin, mind, and body. It soothes body systems and promotes a healthy inflammatory response.
Roman Chamomile is one of the oils that has been used for millenia. The Egyptians mention it as well as all the later cultures including the Romans. Interestingly the name “Roman” has nothing to do with the ancient Roman’s use of the oil, only that the plant was named such since it was found in that locality. Because of its calming and relaxing properties it can help with anxiety, depression, insomnia and the related concerns. It is mild enough to use with children (dilute with a carrier) to calm in distressed situations as well as for a high fever, earaches, teething, and to help with tummy aches.
Schnaubelt, in his classic book Medical Aromatherapy, describes the power of Roman Chamomile in this way: “While monterpenoid esters are common in many essential oils, there is practically no other oil that reflects the nature of esters, as exclusively as Roman Chamomile. Despite its etherial fragrance, Roman Chamomile has highly physical effects. It is a powerful antispasmodic and muscle relaxant that can be used as an emergency remedy during asthma attacks (rubbed on solar plexus, wrists, and temples) until more specific help becomes available.”
Because of the varied constituents, Roman Chamomile has a broad range of applications as reported by many aromatherapists. Those mentioned include allergies, burns, diarrhea, nausea, psoriasis, and sprains.
Check out this research on Roman Chamomile essential oil:
- Roman chamomile may be helpful in various women’s health conditions. Click here to learn more.
- Roman chamomile may help improve mood and energy levels. Click here to learn more.
- Roman chamomile can work as a wasp repellent. Click here to learn more.
- Aromatherapy with roman chamomile may decrease anxiety and improve sleep. Click here to learn more.
Want to learn more about Roman Chamomile essential oil? Make sure to check out aromaticscience.com.
Tips from dōTERRA:
- Diffuse to help promote relaxation.
- Apply to temples and back of neck to help decrease stress.
- Apply on occasionally irritated skin with Fractionated Coconut Oil.
- Add 1-2 drops in warm water for a bed time tea
Floral, Sweet, Herbaceous
Main Chemical Components:
Isobutyl angelate, isoamyl angelate
- Has a therapeutic, calming effect on the skin, mind, and body
- Soothes the systems of the body
- Supports a healthy inflammatory response