Oil Summary: Roman Chamomile oil is extracted from the herb’s flowers through the process of steam distillation of Athemis Nobilis. Roman chamomile yields about 1.7 percent of oil from the total mass of flowers collected, while German chamomile yields around 0.4 percent. The color of both oil variants ranges from brilliant blue to deep green when freshly produced, and turns dark yellow after a few days of storage. Despite this color change, however, the oils potency remains the same and can be preserved for years. In many ways, Roman chamomile is superior from German chamomile, and is, therefore, the most produced of the two variants. Chamomile is also used in scalp treatment to reduce dandruff and the breaking of hair.
Botanical Name: Athemis Nobilis
Plant Origin: United Kingdom
Processing Method: Steam distillation
Plant Part: Flowers-Flowering Tops
Odor and Color: A clear, pale yellow, scent is sweet, fresh, and apple-like.
Main Constituents: Tiglic acid, angelic esters, chamazulene, bisabolol oxides, and matricin.
Blends well with: Geranium, Rose, Lavender, Marjoram, Nutmeg, Jasmine, Cedar, Clary sage, Lemon, Mandarin, Orange, Basil, Ginger, Cinnamon and Neroli.
Contraindication: Roman chamomile essential oil is normally used topically on the skin or internally under the base of the tongue, but not ingested. In case of ingestion, experts recommend using only the highest quality of the oil and doing it at least once a week, under the supervision of a professional.
Anyone with existing seasonal allergy symptoms should exercise caution when using chamomile oil. For skin treatment, it’s a good idea to do a patch test on a small, insensitive part of the skin to make sure you don’t have any unpleasant reactions to chamomile.
Lastly, chamomile products are considered to be mild emmenagogues, which means they stimulate blood flow in the pelvic area. Pregnant women should, therefore, seek professional advice before using Roman chamomile oil.