Materia Aromatica – German chamomile – 2.5ml
German Chamomile has a bittersweet herbaceous aroma, with notes of hay and a warm and fruity finish.
It has many therapeutic benefits, such as being anti-inflammatory, anti-neuralgic, anti-rheumatic, carminative (relieving flatulence) and a digestive. It is typically used to soothe digestive issues; to calm nervous tension and irritability; and to heal dry, irritated skin including eczema and psoriasis.
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German chamomile has a bittersweet herbaceous aroma, with notes of hay and a warm and fruity finish.
The essential oil is steam-distilled from the dried flower heads. It is blue in colour due to its chamazulene content. (Although chamazulene is not present in the plant itself, it is produced during distillation).
German chamomile has been used throughout history and in folk medicine. Traditionally used to soothe digestive disorders and skin complaints. In addition, tea made from the plant’s flower heads is popular to calm the mind, body and emotions.
The main medicinal properties are:
- carminative (relieving flatulence)
German Chamomile is typically used:
- to soothe digestive disorders.
- calm nervous tension and irritability.
- to heal dry, irritated skin including eczema and psoriasis.
The German chamomile plant
- It is an annual, completing its life cycle from germination to flower and death in one season.
- Grows twice as high as Roman Chamomile.
- The flowers are white with a yellow conical centre.
- The yield is about 3%.
- The oil is a rich deep blue, due to the presence of the sesquiterpene chamazulene.
From southern and eastern Europe
Organic – Soil Association certified
About Materia Aromatica
Materia Aromatica supplies oils essential oils harvested by growers and distillers of organic crops, buying as much as possible from smaller farms or family enterprises. This has the advantage that these farmers distil their own freshly harvested materials themselves. They carry out steam distillation on a small scale at low pressure in stainless steel tanks to maximise the essential oils’ therapeutic value and to retain the individuality and life force of the crops from which they originate. Every batch of oil is dated, numbered and tested to ensure the quality of the oil.
Oils from organically grown or wild-crafted crops are generally more expensive, as the term itself is a guarantee of purity and wholeness. Organically grown crops must adhere to strict guidelines so the oils are sold in their pure form, without dilution or the addition of any synthetic oils. Picking, carried out by hand in the wild, requiring extra labour, is time consuming and costly. This explains the price variations between two oils of the same species such as Materia Aromatica’s organic and wild varieties of Lavandula angustifolia.