Roman Chamomile Essential Oil: Uses, Benefits, and Precautions
Roman chamomile essential oil (Chammaemelum nobile or Anthemis nobilis) has been used throughout history for multiple purposes. Ancient Romans used the oil for mental clarity and courage during war. And it's said to be nicknamed the "plant's physician", because it supposedly benefitted any nearby plants as well. Its aroma has a fruity-herby scent, somewhat sweet, and very calming.
It's said to work best with the emotions, nervous system, and skin. Chamomile, of most varieties, has been used for centuries to calm and prepare you for a restful sleep, making it a popular oil to use before bed. It's well-known as a tea, but can also be used on your pillow or PJs too.
- Has a therapeutic, calming effect on the skin, mind, and body
- Soothes the systems of the body
- May help support healthy immune system function
Spiritually, it's also said to support a person who is seeking their purpose or struggling with feeling of purposelessness. It can help one to overcome discouragement, disappointment, or hopelessness, and find clarity and focus on the things that bring meaning to their lives and the lives of others. It's thought to soften one's Ego in order to tune into their own intuitive center for inner guidance, in order to hear one's wisdom speaking louder than one's own fears or unhelpful patterns.
Emotionally, it brings about a sense of calm and peacefulness, which can often be closely related to a person's ability to lean into trust, promote serenity in all areas of life, or even release any need to create drama. (I know a few peeps who could use a little of that.)
How to Use Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
Traditionally, roman chamomile essential oil uses these application guidelines. Click the banner to understand what each symbol means and to learn how each is used safely and effectively:
Precautions of Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet when possible. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitization. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose. Not all oils are created equal, so test brands carefully, and never use an oil in a way not recommended by its maker.
Popular Uses of Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
- Add 1–2 drops to your favorite moisturizer, shampoo, or conditioner to promote youthful looking skin and hair.
- Add 1–2 drops to herbal teas or hot drinks to soothe the body and mind.
- Diffuse or apply to bottoms of feet at bedtime for a restful night’s sleep.
- For skin add roman chamomile essential oil to your lotion, or use a very small amount of essential oil mixed with coconut oil.
Inspiration for Using Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
Bath Bomb: Combine 8 oz. of baking soda, 4 oz. of citric acid, 4 oz. of corn starch, 4 oz. of Epsom salts, 3/4 tsp. of water, 2 tsp. Roman Chamomile and Lavender essential oils and 2.5 tsp. almond oil. Press into mold then let dry for 24 hours.
Sleepy Time Spray: Combined witch hazel, 10 drops each of Roman Chamomile and Lavender, and 5 drops Wild Orange essential oils in a 4 oz. spray bottle. Spray on linens before for bed for more restful sleep.
Calming Salve: Combine 1/2 cup coconut oil with 1/4 cup beeswax and heat until mixed. While cooling stir in 15 drops each of Roman Chamomile and Lavender essential oils.
IMPORTANT NOTE ON QUALITY
Not all oils are created equal. Because of a lack of industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as "natural" or "pure", much of what you find at the drug store is NOT a therapeutic grade of essential oil and may lack real quality or even contain contaminants or adulterants (way more common than you'd think).
A LOT goes into creating a high quality essential oil. A good brand should follow these guidelines:
- Proper plant varieties
- Each plant grown indigenously for the healthiest plant
- Grown without chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc
- Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
- Extracted with proper temp and pressure to preserve oil molecules
- Third-party testing of every batch
- Stand behind the internal use of their oils