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What is Chamomile Essential Oil

Chamomile oil is an essential oil that’s been used for a variety of conditions, from digestive issues to wound healing, for many years. Emerging research has begun to shed light on other potential benefits, like its ability to help with depression, anxiety, and sleep.

Chamomile oil comes from the flowers of the chamomile plant, which actually happens to be related to daisies (hence the visual similarities) and is native South and West Europe and North America.

Health benefits of Chamomile Essential Oil

1. Fights anxiety and depression

The main benefits of Chamomile Oil are its ability to calm nerves, fighting anxiety, and depression. Its calming compounds serve as an emotional trigger to help reduce anxiety, boost mood, and eliminate stress.

One study used oral German chamomile extract in people with anxiety and depression.

Researchers observed a significant reduction in depression symptoms after eight weeks of treatment in the group that was given chamomile extract.

However, it’s important to note that while chamomile extract can be taken orally, chamomile essential oil should not be ingested.

2. Prevents infection

Chamomile Essential Oil has potent antiseptic and antibiotic properties that prevent infection. 

Not only does Chamomile Oil defend the body, but it can also inhibit and clear up any harmful bacteria that is already present.

A 2018 article investigated how Roman chamomile extract affected the healing of an infected wound in rats. Chamomile ointment had significantly higher wound healing and antibacterial activity compared to tetracycline ointment and placebo.

3. Improves digestion

Thanks to its active composition containing elements such as Anodyne, Chamomile Essential Oil works as a ‘stomachic’ to tone up stomach muscles and improves digestive function.

  • A 2014 animal study evaluated the effects of German chamomile extract on diarrhea. The study’s authors found that the chamomile oil offered protection against diarrhea and fluid accumulation in the intestines.
  • A 2018 study assessed the effect of topically applied diluted chamomile oil on bowel activity after a cesarean delivery. Researchers found that patients who had chamomile oil applied to their abdomen got their appetite back more quickly and also passed gas sooner than patients who didn’t use chamomile oil.
  • Another study looked at the effects of Roman chamomile extract on sections of guinea pig, rat, and human intestine. They found that it had muscle-relaxing properties. This could help explain why chamomile oil has been used for digestive conditions like indigestion and cramping.
4. Helps insomnia

Chamomile Oil has been used over the years as a natural remedy to insomnia thanks to its soothing and calming benefits.

Chamomile Essential Oil’s sedative properties have been proved in multiple studies, particularly in palliative care.

In a study of 60 elderly people, the participants were divided into two groups. One group was given capsules of chamomile extract twice a day, while the others were given a placebo.

At the end of the study, there was a significant increase in the sleep quality of those who took the chamomile extracts when compared to the group who were given the placebo.

5. Relieves pain

Chamomile Oil has analgesic properties, which effectively and quickly work to reduce pain in muscles and joints.

A 2015 study investigated the effectiveness of applying diluted chamomile essential oil to the skin for the treatment of osteoarthritis. The participants were asked to apply the oil three times a day for three weeks.

Researchers found that when compared to participants who didn’t use this treatment, chamomile essential oil significantly reduced the need for pain relief medication.

If you are looking for more natural remedies for pain relief, other Essential Oils such as Lavender Oil and Marjoram Oil can be highly effective.

Fight acne and eczema using Chamomile Essential Oil

If you’re looking for a natural remedy to treat skin conditions such as eczema, then chamomile oil can be your best bet. Loaded with anti-inflammatory properties, chamomile oil can treat skin inflammation and redness. Mixing chamomile oil with evening primrose oil can actually be a great treatment for acne. All you need to do is dab the oil on the affected area and leave it on overnight. Repeat this few times in a week for effective results.

How to use chamomile oil

Now that you know more about chamomile’s health benefits, how can you use it safely at home? 

There are a few different methods that you can use, including diffusing or applying it topically.

Aromatherapy applications

Inhaling chamomile oil may help with a variety of conditions, including anxiety and promoting sleep. You can use the oil in a diffuser or in a glass spray bottle.

  • Diffusion. A diffuser allows the scent of evaporated essential oils to spread through a room. When diffusing chamomile oil be sure to follow the specific directions that come with your diffuser.
  • Spray. To use chamomile oil in a spray, dilute 10 to 15 drops of chamomile oil in each ounce of water. Add to a glass spray bottle and shake well before using. Do not use a plastic spray bottle as the oil will break down the plastic over time.

When using chamomile or any essential oil for aromatherapy, make sure that the space you’re in is ventilated well. Use caution to avoid exposing women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, children, and pets to the essential oil.

Topical applications

Chamomile oil can also be used in topical applications. This may help with aches and pains, digestive issues, or anxiety.

All essential oils must be diluted in a carrier oil before it touches the skin. Here are some ways to use it:

  • Massage oil. To use chamomile oil in massage oil, you’ll first need to dilute it in a carrier oil. There are a variety of carrier oils available, including coconut oil and jojoba oil.
  • Bath oil. Mix chamomile oil with a carrier oil and add to your warm bathwater.
  • In a lotion. You can add 1 or 2 drops of chamomile oil to a body lotion or moisturizer, and apply it to your skin.
  • On a compress. Make a hot compress by soaking a towel or cloth in warm water, adding 1 to 2 drops of diluted chamomile oil, and then applying to your achy area, like your back or stomach.

There’s a good reason as to why the chamomile has been so popular throughout history, dating back thousands of years.

Whether used topically when diluted with a carrier oil or lotion, ingested in an herbal tea, or used in aromatherapy through a room diffuser or portable aromatherapy diffuser like the InnoGear Diffuser, chamomile can provide you with the same range of health benefits when incorporated into your daily routine.

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