Camomile (Roman)

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The Roman chamomile essential oil has a sweet, apple-like fragrance and is very light clear blue in color with a watery viscosity.

Origins

Roman chamomile is a small perennial herb, with a hairy stem and feathery pinnate leaves, daisy like white flowers and grows about 25 cm high.

To the Egyptians it was a herb dedicated to the sun, to cure fevers, and to the moon, for its cooling ability. It was also recognized as a soother of nervous complaints and was used in shampoos, cosmetics and perfumes.

Extraction essential oil

Essential oil is extracted from the flowers by steam distillation.

Chemical composition

The main chemical componentsof essential oils are a-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, 1,8-cineole, y-terpinene, caryophyllene, and propyl angelate and butyl angelate.

Therapeutic properties

The therapeutic properties are analgesic, anti-spasmodic, antiseptic, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious, anti-depressant, anti-neuralgic, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, bactericidal, carminative, cholagogue, cicatrisant, emmenagogue, febrifuge, hepatic, sedative, nervine, digestive, tonic, sudorific, stomachic, vermifuge and vulnerary.