We’ve all heard about chamomile and we’ve all tried at least one cup of tea by now. But what you don’t know is that the tea has the weakest effect compared to the essential oil. You want to know exactly how to use German Chamomile essential oil and for what? Then, by all means, spare a few minutes and read this post.
German Chamomile is one of the few oils that are safe even for children. I will give you a list of uses and benefits of this aromatic essence, for both adults and children. I will also provide simple blend recipes so you can use your oil right away. You will, of course, find a lot more information about this specific type of oil in the second part of this article.
You must know that there are a few other chamomile oils. Knowing their Latin names will make it a lot simpler to buy the right one. I will tell you more about the differences between those types and the German Chamomile oil.
Plus, there are also a few safety words to be said, even though this essence is quite safe and non-toxic. Regardless, consumed in large amounts it can have a few side effects. It’s all in here!
Did You Know?
- German chamomile is part of the Norse mythology, and it is said to have been one of the “nine glory-twigs”. These twigs were used by Odin to chase away evil spirits. Many Northern traditions consider chamomile the representative of Asgard, the home of gods.
About German Chamomile Essential Oil and Its Positive Effects on the Mood and Health
Botanical name: Matricaria recutita (new), Matricaria chamomilla (old)
Texture: medium-thick oil.
Color: dark green, blue or indigo.
Aroma: herbaceous, with sweet apple and tobacco-like undertones.
Other names: Blue chamomile, Matricaria chamomile or Hungarian chamomile.
German chamomile is quite popular, alongside the Roman variety. They do share some common traits and properties, but the German type is more powerful when it comes to infections.
I will tell you more about their differences in the second part of the post. Until then, I’m going to talk about its chemical composition. That is what it makes it so unique among other essential oils.
The chemical profile of German chamomile essential oil:
- 15 – 57% (E) –beta-farnesene.
- 3 – 11% Chamazulene or azulene.
- 2 – 30% Alpha-bisabolol oxide A.
- 1 – 10% Alpha-bisabolol oxide B.
All these constituents give the oil strong anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic effects. They are making the oil anti-allergenic and soothing too. German chamomile oil acts as a great decongestant. This means it can relieve the mucus on the respiratory tract and kill bacteria.
These same chemical constituents make the oil great at lowering the fever and sedating. It can stimulate all the processes inside the body, improving digestion, liver health, focus, and mood. Arthritic symptoms can also be soothed with German chamomile essential oil.
Azulene (or chamazulene) is called like that because of its blue color shades. Azul is the Spanish word for blue and the compound is unique to a few plants like Chamomile, Tansy, and Wormwood. This substance doesn’t exist in the fresh or dried plants. It occurs only after distillation. It is also a powerful anti-inflammatory.
How to Use German Chamomile Oil
The best and the safest way to use it is by dilution and local application. The normal recommended dose is 6 drops of essential oil per Oz (30 ml) carrier oil. Diluted with a few drops of a carrier, German chamomile oil is safe for children above 1 year also.
For them, you should only use a drop or two maximum. Check out this article here about using essential oils for babies and children.
You can also diffuse and deeply inhale this aromatic essence. It works great combined with thinner essences to mix into the diffuser or candle burner. It can also be used in an aromatic hot bath for its multiple benefits. Steam baths are also encouraged, especially when there’s a cold or flu knocking on the door.
But let’s see a few great ideas to use the essential oil of German Chamomile.
Its effects on the psychic have been intensely studied. It was found to be a significant antidepressant. In other words, inhaling this aromatic essence would bring a person a great sense of relief and peace.
Scents, especially familiar ones, evoke many memories and emotions. How many times hasn’t your mind wander to some childhood memories after smelling a homemade cookie? The same goes for the scent of German chamomile. Grandparents would serve us all, most probably, chamomile tea for everything.
Mine have always used it for sleep, stomach aches or restlessness and depression. Some Swiss studies showed that the more you inhale a favorite scent, the better it will work next time you need it.
The trick is to inhale it all the time while all is good and peaceful. That way, when you’re troubled and inhale the same essence, the mind can associate it with those peaceful moments. Anxiety attacks have been improved this way in a few trials.
You should diffuse 3 or 4 drops of German Chamomile essential oil, for 20 minutes/hour. It will work better if you mix it with Grapefruit, Mandarin or Sweet Orange essential oils. Make sure the room where you diffuse it is well-ventilated to avoid headaches or nausea.
You could also make a small roll-on blend with this oil and apply it on your temples or wrists wherever, whenever you feel like a moment of peace.
The oil of German chamomile can successfully be used for:
- Panic attacks.
- Respiratory allergies.
- Emotional shock.
- Nervous breakdowns.
Adult’s Pollen Allergies Relief
- German (Blue) Chamomile essential oil: 30 drops
- Macadamia oil: 1 full tablespoon (1/2 Oz)
Blend and shake well before use. Apply a nut-like quantity and massage it into your forearms or chest, three to four times a day. You should keep at it for 10 – 15 days.
Children’s Pollen Allergies Relief
This blend is more appropriate for children above 10 years of age. Use the same amount of carrier oil and add 12 drops of Chamomile this time.
Physical Benefits of German Chamomile Oil
A) As I’ve said before, this oil has great anti-inflammatory properties. It can limit the body’s inflammatory response to bacteria or viruses. Azulene is very useful in this case because it can inhibit the formation of inflammatory mediators like B4 leukotriene.
Because of that, and its mild sedative and antispasmodic properties, you can use this essence to soothe:
- Arthritis pain.
- Sprains and strained muscles.
- Toothaches and neuralgia.
- Restless leg syndrome.
- Stomach pain or diarrhea.
- Urinary infections.
- Painful menstruation.
Painful Menstruation Relief
- German Chamomile EO: 15 drops
- Clary Sage EO: 10 drops
- Tamanu oil: 1 Oz. (30 ml)
Apply a moderate amount on the stomach area and below, and massage it gently into the skin. Use clockwise movements and keep the area warm for 10 – 15 minutes. Apply this blend as many times as needed.
Urinary Infection Soothing Blend
- German Chamomile EO: 8 drops
- Lemon Verbena EO: 4 drops
- Bergamot EO: 4 drops
- Carrier oil of choice: 1 tablespoon
Warm the blend between your palms first and apply it around the bladder area. Massage it very gently and keep the area warm for as long as you can. You can also drop the essential oils into hot water and sit in it for 10 minutes. For a faster relief, you should do both.
B) The oil is decongestant, antispasmodic and antiviral. It is also antibacterial, so these properties make it useful against viral infections. Colds and flu symptoms can be kept at bay and even prevented with German Chamomile essential oil. Anything from the following symptoms can be improved and soothed with a simple blend:
- Runny or stuffed nose.
- Respiratory infections.
- Lung infection.
- Joint and muscle pain.
- Weakened immune system.
Baby (12 months+) Protection for the Winter
- Chamomile EO: 2 drops
- Ravensara EO: 1 drop
- Argan or Coconut oil: 1 tablespoon
Warm the blend between your palms and massage a small amount onto your baby’s soles, spine and chest a few times a day. Keep him or her warm and monitored at all times. If the temperature doesn’t drop or the baby isn’t feeling well after a day, you should rush him to a doctor immediately.
C) The oil is also great at helping the skin heal faster without much scar tissue. Whenever you face a fresh wound or a scar, you should dilute a drop of chamomile with one drop of a carrier. Apply directly to the wound, several times a day.
Acne or Open Wounds Relief
- Chamomile essential oil: 3 drops
- Lavender essential oil: 2 drops
- Tea Tree essential oil: 1 drop
- Carrier oil: 1 tablespoon
Shake well before each use. Apply to the affected area and only use carrier oils for your skin type. Light textured ones for oily/combination skin and thick oils for normal/dry skin types.
As you can see, the essence of German chamomile is very versatile and useful in so many situations. I hope the recipes above will help you find the relief you’re looking for.
You may feel free to adjust the ingredients or replace some of them, for your more specific needs. Now, if you’re curious, you can learn some more info on this amazing plant and oil.
Did You Know?
- Because of its many beneficial effects on their health, ancient Egyptians used to worship the German chamomile. Some sources even say that they dedicated festivities to this plant.
Chamomile Oil Types, Facts and Safety Words
Maybe it is obvious, maybe it isn’t, but chamomile is a close relative to daisies. The essential oil of German Chamomile is extracted from the flowers. They usually have a very low yield. It takes between 3 to 5 kilos of plants to extract only 10 ml of essential oil!
That’s why the oil is among the expensive ones, even though it can grow almost everywhere. On the other hand, you can also notice how concentrated it is!
German chamomile is a plant indigenous to Europe and Asia, where it grows freely along the roads and on the fields. It is not to be confused with wild chamomile or Roman chamomile. These are two separate types of plants, and their oils have very different chemical profiles.
Thus, their properties and health benefits are also different. Make sure you read carefully the label or the specifications of the seller for your German chamomile. It needs to be Matricaria recutita to be used for the said benefits in this article. The only other oil that is similar to German chamomile, yet a lot milder is the Roman variety (Anthemis nobilis).
Roman and German chamomile essential oils smell differently too. The first one is more pleasant and fruity. The latter variety is strong and herbaceous, almost bitter with sweet, fruity undertones.
German chamomile is also called true chamomile. So, the first difference between the two most popular chamomile oils is their smell. The second one is their chemical profile, which needs to be read before buying. Access the GC/MS report on your seller’s website to see exactly which oil you’re buying.
Ormenis multicaulis, or Wild Chamomile is often sold as German chamomile. Once again, pay attention to the botanical name and price. Each plant has its own botanical name and you can never go wrong with that. Here’s more on how to choose good quality, pure essential oils.
Matricaria comes from the Latin “matri” and it means mother. Back in the days, German chamomile was extensively used by women and mothers to care for their gynecological problems.
A Few Safety Words
- Test the oil for allergic reactions before the first use. Dilute a drop and massage it into a small skin patch and leave it on for as long as you can. It may trigger allergies, especially if you’re already allergic to ragweed (Ambrosia).
- Do not use without medical consent if you’re pregnant. It may stimulate the uterus mainly because of its emmenagogue properties (it regulates menstruation).
- Seek medical advice before considering ingesting this oil.
It seems like a great idea to have a bottle of German chamomile oil in your home. The oil can be used by everyone, including babies and that means a lot.
It can be inhaled or it can be applied in blends directly on the skin. Being on the expensive side of essential oils, maybe it would be better to stick with diluted applications.
Diffusions consume a lot of oil. Also, make sure you don’t take internally without medical approval. As long as you don’t use large quantities, German Chamomile essential oil is safe and recommended.
Have you used this oil before? Did you like its smell? Did it have the effect you were expecting? Please share, if you feel like it. I’m always delighted to read your comments and answer questions.