Aroma: Chamomile has two common varieties, German and Roman. German chamomile is sweet, yet straw-like, while Roman oil has an almost apple-like scent.
Applications and Health Benefits: One of the most ancient medicinal herbs, chamomile is a powerful essential oil thanks, in part, to its flavonoids. Roman chamomile oil is more calming, while German chamomile is a more powerful antinflammatory agent. The oil, which is extracted from chamomile flowers, can be used in a variety of ways to take advantage of its health benefits, according to research from the Molecular Medicine Reports.
Chamomile oil is used in teas to reduce inflammation in your throat and mouth, and relive anxiety and depression.
Chamomile oil is sometimes mixed with other herbs and taken by mouth to help treat liver and gallbladder disease, gallstones, chronic heartburn, loss of appetite, digestive disturbances, and certain types of constipation. It can lower blood pressure, reduce your risk of heart disease, maintain liver health, and aid in digestion.
Chamomile oil is applied directly to the skin to relieve pain and swelling, used in ointments, creams, and gels to ease sore gums, skin irritations, wounds, burns, bruises, eczema, frostbite, and hemorrhoids. It acts as an antiseptic and antibiotic.
Chamomile oil is added to steam baths and inhaled to treat sinus inflammation, hay fever, sore throat, earaches, and muscle spasms. Either applied to the skin or used in a bath (though the water will dilute its potency), chamomile is excellent for reducing pain in your muscles and joints.
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