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Roman Chamomile

Roman Chamomile, also known as English chamomile.

Botanical Name: Chamaemelum nobile L. syn Anthemis nobilis L. Preferred harvests from Italy or France.

Roman chamomile has been used medicinally since ancient times. During Saxon times, Roman chamomile was known as maythen and considered a sacred herb. The Greeks referred to Roman chamomile as ‘kamai melon’ or ground-apple, as its aroma was reminiscent of ripening apples.

Throughout the middle ages Roman chamomile was a common strewing herb to clean and purify the air as well as impart it’s aroma. It was commonly used until the Second World War as a natural disinfectant and antiseptic in hospitals and surgeries. It is said to be 120 times more antiseptic then sea or salt water. The therapeutic properties of chamomile are well known in the pharmaceutical trade; it is added to antiseptic ointments and used in carminative or antispasmodic preparations.

General Therapeutic Actions: Soothing, anti-inflammatory, dispels anger, wound healing, powerful antispasmodic, assists in relieving muscular cramps and spasms, relieves stress, sedative actions.

Energetically: Roman chamomile helps one connect with a higher consciousness, and helps clear emotional congesting, while comforting and soothing the mind.

Shared by Pamela Schenk, Certified Aromatherapist. Pamela is the owner of Zona's oils in Cave Creek.

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