Uses and Health Benefits of German chamomile (Matricaria recutita)

What are the Uses & Benefits of Chamomile Oil & German Chamomile?

German chamomile is aromatic and has a slightly bitter taste.It is one of the nine sacred herbs of the Anglo-Saxons mentioned in The Lacnunga, a herbal remedies book, written in the 10th century. They named it  “Maythen”  and believed that this plant acts as a plant physician as it heals ailing plants when set near them. It is a wonderful nervine for humans. German chamomile is sometimes confused with strinking may weed (Anthemis cotula) which is a roadside common weed. The Egyptian god  “Ra” was said to have used German Chamomile as a symbol of his almighty power.The Egyptian people used chamomile oil as offerings to the gods asking for help to heal their body. Egyptian people also worshiped the plant and had many festivals in honor of the plants many healing properties.

How to Use German chamomile Leaves ?

The fresh, green and tender leaves of German chamomile are seasonal in the spring season. Its leaves can also be used to brew tea. The plant has pretty white and yellow disc flowers. These leaves are gentle so hard boiling the leaves will evaporate that special flavor from the plant. The flower head of German chamomile contains numerous compounds, some of which are water soluble and others are not. 

 German chamomile Leaves For making Tea

You can pour a mug of boiling water and stir in a tablespoon of torn leaves and stems from the plant. Then cover the mug with a cloth or a saucer (to keep the heat in) and let the tea steep for ten minutes. Now strain the mixture into a fresh mug, or chill, and serve over ice, with a dash of apple juice or honey to sweeten. The flavor of “leaves tea” is better than the “flower tea”. It’s flavor is mild, almost grassy very aromatic and pleasant to the nerves of the mind.

Other Uses of German chamomile Leaves

German chamomile leaves can also be used as an add-on to salads. All you need to do is try mixing them into chopped butter lettuce dressed with olive oil, salt, and a quick spritz of lemon. Combine snipped  German chamomile and mint as a leafy covering on top of a ricotta-spread hot flatbread.One can also chop chamomile finely and add it to yogurt with a touch of grated garlic, as a dip for crudites.

How to Use German chamomile Flowers ?

German chamomile flowers are approved to be used as an inhalant in skin and mucous membrane inflammations and bacterial skin diseases.The chamomile flower can also be used in baths, as irrigation for anogenital inflammation, and can be used internally to treat GI spasms and inflammatory diseases.To make a strong infusion for a bath, add a handful of flowers to 1 liter of boiling water and allow it to infuse for 4-8 hours. Strain and add the liquid to the bath water. You can use the same process for hair rinse, especially if you have light brown or blond hair.

Phenolic compounds found in chamomile flowers include hydroxycinnamic acid derivatives, caffeic acid, and flavonoids (apigenin, luteolin, and chamaemeloside). A nonpeptide, tachykinin NK1 receptor antagonist has been identified in Matricaria recutita flowers.  Coumarin has also been identified in chamomile. 

German Chamomile Infused Oil

To extract infused oil from dried plant material you will need to warm the flowers, with enough oil (carrier oil) to cover, in a double boiler covered with a Lid.Boil it at lowest heat possible for several hours. You have to ensure that the water underneath does not boil away. Alternatively you can add the flowers and oil to a jar and leave them in the oven on the lowest heat possible for 3-4 hours before straining and re bottling. You need to blend flowers in carrier oils as German chamomile Oil forms very pleasant blends with Bergamot, Clary, Lavender, Jasmine, Sage oils.

Sleep Pillow 

Making a sleep pillow from german chamomile flowers and leaves can be visually appealing and good for those who have difficulty drifting off or falling asleep. Hops are traditional in a sleep pillow but they can give some people bad dreams so a combination of equal parts  of Lavender, Rose, Chamomile and Linden flowers can also work.

How to Use German chamomile Oil ?

The essential oils of German chamomile have a penetrating and intenseWhat are the Properties of German chamomile or Matricaria recutita ? fragrance. This oil is the product of steam distillation process of chamomile flowers. This oil receives its deep blue color due to presence of Azulene which helps in reducing fever and cold. The blue-colored volatile oil is a complex mixture of sesquiterpenes (alpha-bisabolol, bisbolol-oxides A and B, and farnesene), sesquiterpenelactones (including the blue compound chamazulene), and acetylene derivatives.

German Chamomile Oil for Skin Conditions

  • You can Heal blistered skin by applying a mixture of two drops of tea tree oil and German chamomile, five times a day. You can also make a jar of your own skin-healing oil by adding 20 drops of chamomile oil to your regular moisturizer.
  • Combine German chamomile oil with one tablespoon of coconut oil and apply the oil to the skin with a cotton ball to reduce swelling and pain caused by sun burn.
  • Mix half cup of baking soda, half cup of vinegar and five drops of chamomile oil together in a mug. Use it onto your muscles as a bath scrub and in your bathtub for at least 15 minutes to calm your mind and help soothe muscle aches.
  • To make your own natural skin mist, blend two drops of German chamomile oil, two drops of lavender oil, one drop of rose oil and 4 ounces of purified water in a ready-to-spray bottle. This natural moisturizing mist will surely be handy for your sunbathing sessions.
  • German chamomile oil has astringent properties, which makes it ideal for pore-cleansing treatment.It can thus be used as a skin toner as well. Add the chamomile essential oil to your own homemade facial cleanser and apply the paste using cotton balls.
  • Chamomile Oil Can help alleviate itching caused by yeast fungus in the vaginal area by having a warm  bath regularly until your condition improves. Add one drop of German chamomile oil and two drops of tea tree oil in a gallon of warm water.Bathing regularly with such a solution will help reduce, and slowly alleviate the itching.
  • Blend two drops of German chamomile oil, rosemary oil, and lavender oil with 4 tablespoons of sweet almond oil. Massage it onto your hair and scalp once a week. This helps in problems like hair fall,dandruff,etc. 

Other Uses of German chamomile Oil

  • Moisten a towel with cool water and add a few drops of German chamomile oil. Place the damp cloth on your forehead, close your eyes and relax to get relieved from migraines and headaches.
  • Blend 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil and two drops of German chamomile oil and rosemary oil. Massage this blend onto your body to ease up the tensed muscles and improve blood circulation. This may provide relief from joint pain or tense, stiff and cramping muscles.
  • It has very good antiseptic and antibiotic properties which does not allow biotic infections like bacteria,fungus,etc to develop, in your body. It eliminates infections that are already present in your body.
  • German chamomile heal mouth sores and prevents gum disease. A chamomile mouthwash may help soothe mouth inflammations and keep gums healthy and clean.
  • You can treat eye inflammation and infections such as conjunctivitis or redness of eye with chamomile. Cooled chamomile tea can be used in a compress to help soothe tired, irritated eyes.
  • Mix two drops of chamomile, sage, basil and rosemary oils, and then apply it to your abdomen to get relief from PMS.
  • The presence of flavonoids, sesquiterpenes, and other powerful antioxidants in this tea have significant effects on the human body. Even though it is commonly consumed as a beverage, this liquid can be topically applied in certain cases for relief from various skin issues.

German chamomile Tea Preparation

First you need to pick a pot to make your tea in,an infuser teapot is best. If you don’t have a tea infuser, you can use a doubled cheese cloth and a piece of string to make a makeshift tea bag. You can also place your flowers into a heat safe bowl or a cup and, after steeping, pour your tea into a teacup through a fine mesh strainer.Fill up your tea kettle with a mug of water as per your requirement  and start heating it. Add 3-4 Tbsp (4 for a stronger tea) of German chamomile and a mint sprig (for additional flavor) into your teapot or makeshift teabag of choice. Pour a mug of boiling water over the German chamomile flowers and mint. Steep the solution for 5 minutes. To serve, pour the tea into a teacup, using a fine mesh strainer.(if needed)

German chamomile Constituents

  • Bisabolol has a weak sweet floral aroma and is used in various fragrances. It has also been used for hundreds of years in cosmetics because of its perceived skin healing properties. Bisabolol is known to have anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties.
  • Cam-azulene has anti-inflammatory properties. It reduces skin inflammation. It soothes irritated skin and keeps it moisturized. Azulene oil helps in alleviating redness and swelling from the skin.
  • Farnesol is used in perfumery to emphasize the odors of sweet floral perfumes. Its method of action for enhancing perfume scent is as a co-solvent that regulates the volatility of the odorants. It is used in lilac perfumes as well.
  • Thujanol essential oil is a powerhouse of antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal and immune stimulant benefits.
  • Apigenin has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-tumor properties. Perhaps apigenin can even block the formation of uric acid which helps in the prevention of gout.
  • Quercetin is also used for diabetes, cataracts, hay fever, peptic ulcer, schizophrenia, inflammation, asthma, gout, viral infections, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), preventing cancer, and for treating chronic infections of the prostateQuercetin is also used to increase endurance and improve athletic performance of human beings.

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