German chamomile essential oil is a calming oil that can be used for a variety of purposes. It has been traditionally used to help with anxiety and insomnia, as well as being an insect repellent and skin soother. In this spotlight I share German Chamomile Essential Oil Recipes and cover the different ways you can use this soothing oil in your everyday life!
You've likely seen Chamomile in your local health food store, but you may not have known this herb can be used as an essential oil. The oil is extracted from the white, daisy-like flowers with yellow centers the plant produces. It can help promote wellness and balance.
German Chamomile Essential Oil Facts
German chamomile essential oil comes from an annual plant called Matricaria recutita, which has been used for centuries as part of both folk medicine and aromatherapy practices. It is known to have many medicinal benefits, and it can be used as an anti-inflammatory or antiseptic/antibiotic agent.
This wonder herb can be found all over Europe, but it's most commonly grown in Egypt due to its ideal climate conditions: hot summers and cool winters with plenty of sunshine!
The essential oil is extracted through the process of steam distillation from the flowering tops. It has an herbaceous, sweet, straw-like aroma.
German Chamomile essential oil has a distinct dark blue color, which is why you may see this oil called Blue Chamomile oil. The deep blue color comes from the chemical compound chamazulene found in the plant.
|Botanical Name||Matricaria recutita (synonym: Matricaria chamomilla)|
|Aka||Blue Chamomile, Hungarian Chamomile, Wild Chamomile, Scented Mayweed|
|Aroma||Sweet, herbaceous, straw-like|
|Extraction Method||Steam Distillation|
|Plant Part Used||Flowering tops|
|Shelf Life||4-5 years|
|Safety Concerns||Non-toxic, non-sensitizing, non-irritant|
German Chamomile Essential Oil Blends Well With:
German chamomile blends well with other flower essential oil like roman chamomile and geranium. Here are more oils that german chamomile oil blends well with:
- Clary Sage
- Juniper Berry
- Sweet Marjoram
- Tea Tree
Pain relief, inflammation, fever, rheumatism, arthritis, muscular spasm, neuralgia, endometriosis, menstrual cramp, detoxifying, abdominal cramp, stomachache, inflamed skin conditions, infected skin conditions, wounds, rashes, psoriasis, eczema, acne, pimples, chilblains
Analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, calmative, cicatrizing, depurative, emmenagogue, febrifuge, hepatic, immunostimulant, stomachic, vulnerary
German Chamomile Essential Oil Benefits
Check out the benefits of German Chamomile essential oil:
1. Helps With Digestion
Topical use of chamomile can actually decrease digestion issues. A study was done in 2018 that actually researched the effects of chamomile on digestion when applied to the skin. It was found that when the oil is placed on the stomach, stomach issues could be decreased.
In particular, if you have a poor appetite German chamomile can help up your appetite and get you eating again. Gas is also passed faster when putting this oil on the skin. So, try putting a little bit of this oil onto the skin of your abdomen regularly.
2. Helps Heal Wounds Faster
In addition to aiding your digestion, German chamomile oil also helps with wound healing. This is another proven health benefit. Chamomile disinfects the area of the wound and helps with cellular regeneration, which leads to better skin healing.
3. Helps Promote Sleep
You’ve probably heard of chamomile as a sleep aid. Many herbal teas and other natural products use chamomile to induce a sense of sleepiness. However, you don’t have to ingest chamomile to get the effects of this plant.
Applying German chamomile to the skin before bed or inhaling the scent of chamomile through a diffuser is equally effective. In short, anyone with sleep issues will benefit greatly from this essential oil.
4. Can Help Reduce Pain
German chamomile oil is also effective at reducing pain. It even helps with chronic conditions like arthritis and carpal tunnel. The topical application of this oil will produce the best pain relief results.
You also want to put this oil onto your skin at least three to five time a week. This way the oil can help lower the amount of pain you feel on a regular basis.
5. Can Reduce Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression
Chamomile isn’t just good for getting rid of physical pain, it can also help reduce psychological suffering, as well. If you have serious mental health issues, you always want to talk to a professional.
However, if you have already sought help and want something to help you further lower feelings of anxiety and depression, try implementing German chamomile into your self-care routine.
6. Gets Rid of Skin Irritation
Finally, this essential oil can be used to get rid of skin irritation. Especially if you have sensitive skin, I would recommend trying out this oil. Researchers have found that German chamomile oil can help with conditions like eczema, rashes, and general skin flare-ups.
German chamomile oil can also be diluted and placed in lotions and hair care products. I’ll talk about how you can specifically use this oil in the next section of the post, though.
German Chamomile Essential Oil Uses
As you learned above, German chamomile essential oil is a popular choice for aromatherapy and can be used to help with sleep, anxiety, digestive issues, and more. There are many different uses for this essential oil. In this part of the post, I’ll briefly go over how to use German chamomile essential oil for both aromatic and topical applications.
Diffuse German Chamomile Oil
Diffusing german chamomile is a great way to promote a peaceful and tranquil environment. Whether you need to relax after a long day at work or settle the kids down before dinner, this oil can help.
Aromatherapy diffusers have become a popular way to help deliver essential oils safely and effectively to the body. German chamomile oil is perfect when paired with a diffusing device. You can use chamomile oil before bed and breathe in the relaxing scent as you head off to sleep.
Each ultrasonic diffuser device is different, but you don’t want to pour your whole bottle of oil into your diffuser. At most put in three to six drops of your German chamomile essential oil, starting with less drops initially. Read the instructions for your diffuser and make sure you are putting in the right amount of water in, as well.
Apply German Chamomile Oil Topically to the Skin
German Chamomile has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties which can help reduce inflammation in the body by soothing skin irritations like eczema or psoriasis. It also has antispasmodic properties that can relieve your muscles of stress after a long day at work.
When using German chamomile oil topically, you want to make sure to dilute this essential oil. Especially if you are using this product as a massage oil or plan to use it in other DIY self-care products. If you are putting the oil on your skin, use a carrier oil like coconut oil or jojoba oil. Read more about diluting essential oils.
Use as a Massage Oil
If you want to relax a little bit before bed or after a long day of errands, German chamomile oil makes an ideal massage oil. The sweet herbal smell of this essential oil will put you in a calm and peaceful mood.
You can also add other oils with chamomile to enhance your massage experience. Once diluted with unscented lotion or a carrier oil, try rubbing this oil into your hands and arms for a light massage. This way you don’t have to undergo a full body massage.
Can Be Used to Make DIY Products
German Chamomile can be added into countless blends for an instant mood boost!
Chamomile is the perfect ingredient for DIY bath and beauty products. In particular, the effects of chamomile make it ideal for any type of soap or lotion making. I also recommend using this oil during bath time for extra relaxation.
You can add this essential oil to hair products, liquid soaps, bath bombs, and other self-care products safely. It is safe to use with children too. You can even make your own foot soak with this oil.
Really, there are plenty of ways you can use this essential oil, especially in homemade beauty products. These are just a few ideas that can help get you started, check out the DIY recipes for German Chamomile below.
German Chamomile Diffuser Blends
1. Pillow Mist Diffuser Blend
The sedative effects of this diffuser blend are helpful when you're having trouble sleeping, thanks to the calming nature of these oils. Let them reduce anxiety and promote restful sleep.
Directions: Add essential oil drops to your aromatherapy diffuser with the recommended water for your diffuser tank. Turn on and enjoy.
2. Mindful Rest Diffuser Recipe
Calm and relax the mind and body with this oil blend for mindful rest.
Directions: Add the drops of essential oil to your diffuser with the recommended amount of water for your machine. Turn the diffuser on and enjoy that aromatic mist.
3. Relaxing Meadow Blend
The allspice in this oil blend adds a little kick, if you don't have allspice, try a different spice essential oil and see what you think.
Directions: Add essential oil drops to your aromatherapy diffuser with the recommended amount of water for your tank. Turn diffuser machine on and enjoy!
5 Amazing German Chamomile Essential Oil Recipes
Looking for some ways to include this healing oil into your DIY blends? Here are 5 simple yet effective german chamomile essential oil blend recipes.
1. Chamomile Foot Soak
If you want to enjoy a calming and soothing foot soak, add in a few drops of the chamomile oil. Soaking feet is a great way to pamper feet and keep them healthy.
Directions: Add oils and salt together in a mixing bowl and blend together. Add the blend to a foot bath basin or large tub. Pour hot water that is to your comfort level into a foot basin and stir to disperse. Soak feet for 15 minutes or until warm water becomes tepid.
2. Chamomile Bedtime Spray
You don’t necessarily have to use a diffuser to enjoy the benefits of German chamomile. You can also try using a spray bottle filled with water. Spray this bedtime spray mixture in your room or other areas of your house, especially before bedtime. This way you get a better night of rest!
Directions: Add grain alcohol and oil to the glass bottle and swirl together. Fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water. Shake well and be sure to label your bottle. If you omit the alcohol, use a spray recipe within 2-4 weeks.
3. DIY Sensitive Skin Body Scrub
Try making your own sugar scrubs with this oil that will exfoliate and renew your skin.
Directions: Mix all ingredients in a small bowl until well blended. Transfer to a storage container. Transfer to the container of choice with lid. To use, take a small amount in hand (about 1 tablespoon) and rub onto the body. Rinse off well and dry the skin. Use caution in the bathtub or shower as the oil can make the stall slippery.
4. Skin Healing Massage Oil
Here is a skin-friendly essential oil recipe that makes a wonderful massage blend to apply to the skin.
Directions: Add all ingredients to the glass bottle and mix well to blend the massage oil. To use, apply to desired areas needing attention. 1.7% dilution.
5. German Chamomile Inhaler Blend - Sweet Relaxation
Aromatherapy inhalers are a convenient and effective way to use essential oils on the go. You can use a reusable inhaler or a plastic inhaler. Both have cotton wicks that absorb the essential oil. The scent will last for 1-2 months. Try this blend to assist with relaxation.
Directions: Add wick to a small bowl, drop essential oils onto the wick, using tweezers to pick up the wick, then get any oil residual left in the bowl onto the wick. Place the wick into the blank inhaler and put on end cap (base). To use, place inhaler under nose and inhale the aroma.
Where to Buy German Chamomile Essential Oil?
No matter what essential oil you get, you want to make sure that you are using a high-quality product. Impure essential oils are less effective and can be unsafe to use. So, make sure you get 100% pure essential oil. Here are some favorite brands that offer this amazing oil:
General Essential Oil Precautions
Never use essential oils undiluted, in eyes or mucous membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified practitioner. Keep out of reach from children.
Use essential oils with extreme caution on children, be sure you have researched the oil and that it is safe for use on kids. Plant Therapy clearly labels their oils "KidSafe" on the bottle if the oil can be used for children ages 2–10.
If applying an essential oil topically (on your skin), you may perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body, use 1-2 drops in a teaspoon of carrier oil like jojoba oil, read more here.
If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, epileptic, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. For more information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.
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