Friday, September 17, 2010

Healing With Chamomile Oil

G'morning everyone! *Hope* you are rested and refreshed and ready to learn about Chamomile. When my granddaughter was born she would get terrible diaper rash, so I made a Chamomile blend to soothe her...we all loved it and I believe she did too! Don't miss the recipe in today's post.

So Let's get started shall we?

                       Healing With Chamomile Oil

Chamomile is indispensable for the aromatherapist; it has powerful but gentle healing actions and its herbaceous, sweet aroma is prized for its soothing, balancing and calming effects.

It is a perfect partner for Lavender, and together they are first aid for burns, bruises, stings and sprains and gentle enough for use on children.

There are two varieties, Roman and German; the former has a sweeter scent and milder action so is more suitable for children and skin allergies.

Chamomile is a sedative so it is invaluable for insomnia, tension headaches and nervous digestion. Anti-spasmodic, analgesic properties relieve aches and cramps. It soothes skin, helps sore, dry skin allergies or inflamed conditions such as eczema, and encourages immunity by stimulating production of white blood cells

Active Ingredients Of Chamomile Oil

Chamazulene~This ingredient is not present in the plant but is formed during the steam distillation process. It has calming, anti-inflammatory properties and is effective against bacteria.

Esters~Roman Chamomile is rich in Esters which impart sedative qualities.

Sequisterpenes~German Chamomile, on the other hand, is rich in Sequisterpenes, which are calming.

Chamomile oil is often sold as a ready-diluted massage oil, generally in a 3% dilution in a carrier oil such as Grapeseed oil, sometimes with added vitamin E. This will not be suitable for your vaporizer

Uses Of Chamomile Oil

Gentle Care For Damaged Skin

Cooling and healing, Chamomile is the first choice for any skin irritation

For Sore, Chapped Skin or Rashes, blend:
  • 4 drops Chamomile
  • 3 drops Geranium
  • 1 drop Lavender
  • 1 drop Lemon
  • 4 tsp Sweet Almond
  • 3 tsp Peachnut

Chapped Lips~Combine the following and apply liberally and regularly:
  • 2 drops Geranium
  • 2 drops Chamomile
  • 3 tsp Aloe Vera

Moisturizer For Sensitive Skin:
  • 10 drops Chamomile
  • 5 drops Rose
  • 4 tbsp Sweet Almond

A Gentle Touch For Babies
Chamomile oil is mild enough to use for pain relief for even the smallest babies

For Teething Babies~Use the following to massage jaw and neck area:
  • 2 drops Chamomile
  • 3 tsp Aloe Vera

For Diaper Rash~Soothe diaper rash by adding the following in tepid water. Use to dampen a cotton pad and wash the affected area.
  • 1 drop Chamomile
  • 1 drop Lavender

Soothe A Nervous Mind And Body

Tension Headaches~Massage the temples and hairline with:
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Chamomile
  • 1 tsp Carrier Oil

A Restful Nights Sleep~Calm your mind in the evening for a restful night's sleep by adding a few drops of Chamomile to a cotton pad and placing it under your pillow or in a pajama pocket. Alternatively, add to a room vaporizer.

For Muscles

Chamomile provides anti-inflammatory pain relief for stiffness of joints

For Stiff Shoulders~Massage the area with the following:
  • 1 drop Chamomile
  • 1 drop Clove
  • 1 drop Thyme
  • 1tbsp Grapeseed

After An Aerobic Exercise~Soothe your muscles by gently applying to muscles:
  • 3 drops Chamomile
  • 3 drops Ginger
  • 2 drops Clove
  • 2 drops Nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable oil

Well we are at the end of the post....*hope* enjoyed today's post...I sure enjoyed sharing it with you. Have a great weekend!



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