Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Natural Remedies: Chamomile Oil

When purchasing Chamomile Oil, there are two different types: Roman and German.  In this post I am going to simply do an overview of the chamomile oils in general.  However, when purchasing and using, keep in mind that the two have different uses and strengths.  You will need to do your own research as you go about using them.

So let's get down to it!  What can Chamomile Oil be used for?

  • Abscesses
  • Boils
  • Cuts
  • Colic
  • Insomnia
  • Migraines
  • Sensitive Skin
  • Sprains
  • Stress
  • ...and (you guessed it!) much more!
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 So what are the ways to practically use chamomile?  Here are just a few!

  • Add 2-3 drops of chamomile oil to a hot or cold compress (whichever is your preference) and place on head to relieve the symptoms of a migraine
  • Place a tissue with 2-3 drops of chamomile next to your pillow nightly in order to help you battle insomnia
  • Mix 1-2 drops of chamomile with approximately 1 teaspoon of carrier oil to moisturize and sooth sensitive skin
  • Mix 1-2 drops of chamomile with 2 teaspoons of a soft carrier oil and gently massage on a colicky infant's belly in order to reduce (and eventually eliminate) colic
  • Using the same mixture as the mixture to reduce colic can also help reduce menstrual cramps and PMS symptoms.
  • The gentle scent of chamomile is also known to reduce stress, anxiety, and all around calm the nerves and body.
There are many other uses for both Roman and German Chamomile, so there is plenty more research to be done.  PLEASE be aware that Chamomile should not be used by pregnant women, however, even though it helps during the menstrual cycle. Roman Chamomile (not German) is considered one of the safest essential oils for infants and children.

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PLEASE NOTE: These are only natural home remedies that no professional has reviewed or written.  This is not to take the place of professional medical advice, it is merely to aid you at home.  If you are concerned, it is best to call your doctor and follow instructions given by him/her.

Also, please pay particular attention during use of essential oils in regards to which oils are safe for pregnant women and children.  There are many that should not be used, although some are perfectly safe.  For other important information, please see my May 9th, 2012, post titled "Natural Remedies: Essential Oils."

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