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Roman chamomile

Chamaemelum nobile

Perennial plant measuring ten to thirty centimetres in height of the Asteraceae family, Roman or noble chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) grows almost everywhere in Europe, with a preference for silica rich soils.

  • Bath

  • Dermal application

  • Oral route

  • Respiratory route

Essential oil of Roman chamomile is remarkably well tolerated.

Do not use in: pregnant or breast-feeding women, children under the age of six years, due to the presence of ketones, subjects with epilepsy, persons allergic to one of the components (limonene), subjects with asthma without the advice of an allergologist before the first use.

Anxiety
To relieve anxiety, breath directly from a bottle of essential oil of Roman chamomile over two to three seconds.

Stress
Apply a few drops of essential oil of chamomile on the solar plexus, along the spinal column, under the arch of the foot and the internal flexion creases of the wrists.

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Its stems are hairy and the whitish green leaves are finely divided in short and narrow lobes. The capitulum is formed of white ligulate florets covering each other and surrounding a yellow tubular disc flower. The fruit of chamomile is yellowish, small and ribbed.

The queen of herbal teas for old ladies and the early to bed, chamomile didn't always have this kill-joy image. In the Egypt of the Pharaohs, it was dedicated to Ra the sun king, if glorified life, light and metamorphosis. The Greeks considered it a panacea and especially considered capable of curing malaria. They thought it smelled of ripe apple, thus its name kharaimelon "earth apple", which became camomilla in Latin. Dioscorides and Galen recommended it for women diseases. More than twenty centuries later, it was favoured by Italians. Stendhal wrote in his "Promenades dans Rome" that they sang to their beauties: "I bless the chamomile flower". In Central Europe, women used it to give golden highlights to their hair. In rural France, it was used for stomach pains, insomnia, migraine and eyelid inflammation.

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