Blue Chamomile Essential Oil
Blue chamomile oil is distilled from the German chamomile plant, and it gets its name from its blue color. It has a deep blue, almost black color to the oil. Chamomile may add a pleasant scent to your skin cleanser, but it’s probably best known for its soothing abilities. It’s generally held that blue chamomile helps the body relax and fall asleep, and people also use it to treat digestive problems. It’s also known for its ability to alleviate skin conditions like psoriasis, acne and eczema.
Chamomile (Blue) essential oil, also known as German Chamomile, is one of the best aromatherapy oils for treating inflammation. It has a high 'chamazulene' content, an active organic compound which gives it its deep, inky-blue colour. Chamazulene has powerful anti-inflammatory and skin healing properties which makes Chamomile oil particularly useful in treating aches and pains and allergic skin conditions. Mills (1991) also states that the compound has antispasmodic properties and can help reduce histamine-related reactions such as Hay Fever and some types of asthma and eczema.
German Chamomile is an annual herb with daisy-like flowers (the essential oil is steam-distilled from the flower heads). It costs more to grow and harvest which is why Chamomile (Blue) essential oil is more expensive than Roman Chamomile. Both oils however have very similar properties.
- This essential oil has a calming effect on the mind and body and is excellent for treating all types of inflammations. It calms and relaxes the nervous and digestive systems, regulates the menstrual cycle and has soothing and healing influences on the skin. It can well be used for healing asthma, measles, mumps, pre-menstrual & menopausal symptoms besides addressing rheumatic pains.
- Medicinal: It is very effective on urinary stones and stimulates the liver and gall bladder, hence improving digestion.
- Cosmetic: German chamomile is widely used in making various lotions and creams for general skincare, especially in treating allergic skin.