Mum always knows best, or so the saying goes.
She knows the awesome healing powers of Chamomile when treating chicken pox for instance.
The benefits of chamomile are numerous, it has some wonderful antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Here are a few fun facts:
- The Chamomile plant belongs to the daisy family
- The oil is extracted from flowers by steam distillation
- Roman Chamomile yields up to 1.7% from fresh flowers
- German Chamomile yields about 0.2% to 0.4%
- Around 500 tonnes of Chamomile flowers are harvested per annum
This family of exotic oils includes three chamomiles, German, Roman and Moroccan, you can read all about German chamomile here.
Like every family there is always going to be a black sheep, and in this case it is chamomile moroccan.
This oil is obtained from the flower of ormenis multicaulis.
Its chemical properties are quite different from the other chamomiles, and it has no use in aromatherapy.
Roman Chamomile is steam distilled from the anthemis nobilis plant.
The flowers have an apple like scent, which is why it is often referred to as kamia melon, which means ground apple.
What makes roman chamomile so special is its high ester count which sits around 80%, very few essential oils have such a high percentage of esters.
The really unique thing about these esters is that they are adaptogenic, meaning they respond to how the bodies feeling.
For instance if the body is warm or cold, or if it needs uplifting or sedating, esters help bring the body back into balance, promoting peace and harmony within the body.
Whilst this oil may not be as effective on skin conditions as its more famous German cousin, it is the unique characteristics of Roman chamomile, that I love to harness in my formulas, because the benefits are so unique and it has a real affinity with the skin.
It also offers emotional stability and induces a gentleness of spirit, in very stressful times.
A little tip from me, apply it before bed time and you’ll be guaranteed a restorative and restful night’s sleep.
This is why we harness the gorgeous anti inflammatory properties of Chamomile azulene in A + retinol sleep complex. A potent repairing, anti ageing formula, designed to work while you sleep, when your skin requires it the most.
Pure fragrant bliss….x