Chamomile essential oil is excellent for skin problems, digestive issues, PMS, anxiety, depression, poor circulation, insomnia and allergies. It is such a mild, soothing essential oil that it can usually be used undiluted.
This oil has antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-congestive and antidepressant properties. Use it topically, diffuse it for aromatherapy or take it internally to experience the full benefit of all of its many wonderful uses.
1. Treat Acne
Wash your face twice each day with a mild face wash then apply chamomile with a gauze square or cotton ball. You can use it just like any other astringent for acne. If you have chamomile sensitivity, mix 2 to 3 drops of chamomile with 2 to 3 drops of argan oil and apply that to your face after washing.
The argan oil actually contains vitamins A and E, which are very conducive to healing. It is a great, light moisturizing oil that is not greasy and absorbs quickly. You can also add some chamomile EO to your face wash. Use a liquid face wash, squirt or pour about a tablespoon of the face wash into a small bowl and mix in about 5 drops of chamomile EO.
2. Treat Eczema, Dermatitis, Rashes and Itchy Skin
Get relief for your itchy, irritated skin, sunburn, shingles, allergic dermatitis or eczema and your baby’s diaper rash. You can apply straight chamomile essential oil or mix it with a carrier oil like coconut, argan or jojoba oil. Coconut oil has some great healing properties of its own that make it especially useful for a dry, itchy rash.
For diaper rash, dilute the chamomile oil at a rate of 2 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil. Apply it up to 5 times each day. Boost the healing ability of chamomile EO by blending it with tea tree oil. You can use this essential oil blend for any skin irritation but it is especially good for blistered irritations.
Mix 2 drops of chamomile EO and 2 drops of tea tree EO together or, if you like, you can mix them into about a teaspoon of carrier oil. If you use coconut oil, just be aware that it tends to break down the elastic in underwear and bras.
*Do not use chamomile essential oil while pregnant or nursing.*
3. Prevent Infection
Use chamomile EO to keep wounds from getting infected. Put 2 to 3 drops on a gauze square or cotton ball and gently dab it on the wound. Wash the wound gently with a mild soap, first. You can mix 2 to 3 drops of chamomile oil with 1/4 teaspoon of coconut oil and apply that, if you have a sensitivity to chamomile.
4. Calm Allergies
Put a few drops in your diffuser and diffuse the chamomile oil throughout your home at the start of allergy season. Its antioxidant, decongestant and antimicrobial properties will reduce your body’s excessive production of mucus and soothe allergic dermatitis. It is good for seasonal allergies and food allergies. If you run the diffuser for 45 to 60 minutes 3 to 4 times a day, it will give you a steady supply of allergy-reducing aromatherapy.
You can also enjoy this benefit by rubbing chamomile essential oil into your feet. You can use straight chamomile essential oil or mix a few drops into a carrier oil like argan or jojoba. Massage it into the bottoms of the feet at night before bed and in the morning when you get up.
*Place a drop of chamomile essential oil on an inconspicuous area of skin and wait for a few hours to make sure you aren’t sensitive to it.*
5. Relieve Muscle Cramps
Mix a few drops of chamomile essential oil into a teaspoon of coconut oil and massage crampy, tense muscles. The oil will calm muscle spasms, providing soothing relief. Chamomile is such a mild oil that you can massage your muscles with it 3 or 4 times a day.
6. Improve Circulation
Use chamomile EO to increase circulation. In addition to more efficient delivery of needed oxygen to your muscles and organs, increased circulation will facilitate the removal of toxins from your system. The chamomile oil is especially helpful with the removal of uric acid.
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7. Relieve Arthritis Pain and Inflammation
Make a soothing, anti-inflammatory rub to reduce the pain and inflammation of arthritis. Mix 4 to 5 drops of chamomile EO into 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil like coconut, argan or jojoba and massage it into sore, swollen joints. You can use straight chamomile essential oil but it spreads more evenly when mixed into a carrier oil. Argan oil is less greasy than coconut and is fast absorbing.
*German chamomile is more potent with stronger anti-inflammatory properties. It smells a little like sweet straw*
8. Alleviate Insomnia
Enjoy chamomile essential oil aromatherapy right before you go to bed to get a restful night's sleep. Simply put 2 to 3 drops in your diffuser about 1 hour before you plan to go to bed. Run the diffuser for 45 to 60 minutes then turn it off when you go to bed. It will relax you so that you can fall asleep quickly. You can also put a couple drops on your fingers and rub the oil into your temples for fast relaxation.
9. Relieve Anxiety and Depression
Diffuse chamomile essential oil several times a day for anxiety- and depression-relieving aromatherapy. Use 5 drops in your diffuser and run it for 45 to 60 minutes each time. You really shouldn’t diffuse any essential oil into an enclosed area for any longer than that. If the weather allows, open a window to let some fresh air in after 60 minutes. You can make an extra effective mood-enhancing blend by adding equal amounts of lavender EO and chamomile EO.
Another great blend that has been scientifically proven to relieve anxiety contains lavender, chamomile and neroli oil. Mix 12 drops of lavender oil, 4 drops of chamomile oil and 1 drop of neroli oil together. Put 2 drops of the mixture into your diffuser and run it for about 30 minutes. A cup of chamomile tea will also help with anxiety and depression.
*Make sure you get food grade chamomile essential oil for ingestion and therapeutic grade for topical applications or aromatherapy.*
10. Get Relief from PMS
Practice chamomile EO aromatherapy for relief from mood swings, depression, cramps, headaches, body aches and back pain caused by PMS. Put a few drops in your diffuser and enjoy it for 45 to 60 minutes several times a day. You can also mix 2 to 3 drops of chamomile EO with 2 to 3 drops of a carrier oil and massage it into your abdomen and lower back for fast relief. Argan oil works really well for this and absorbs very quickly.
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