Chamomile: An Essential for Everyone (Even Babies!)
“Being a new mom was amazing but Baby and I often had a few hard nights peppered in there. When our second son was born, he had colic very badly (I later realized it was due to foods I was eating while nursing). One of my favorite momma tools was a drop of Chamomile Essential Oil in his baby lotion. Massaging him with this lotion blend often soothed us both and helped us get some much needed rest!” ~Mary
Chamomile is a fragrant, beautiful, safe, and easy to use herb. It has an aroma reminiscent of ripe apples along with many desirable qualities. It’s known for its relaxing and calming effects on both the body and mind, and it’s widely considered to be gentle and safe for use on all ages, even newborn babies. It’s gentle on the skin and won’t affect any animals in the home.
It’s an investment in your family’s health.
Harnessing the essential oil of this wonderful herb makes it even better! Extracting the oil concentrates the health-supporting power of acres of plants into a small bottle.
Most essential oils require a large quantity of raw material to produce a small amount of pure oil. For example, it takes 66 pounds of fresh rosemary to extract just one pound of oil. With Chamomile, that ratio is dramatically higher: it takes a thousand pounds of the tiny white flowers to produce a single pound of essential oil. (That’s one significant reason why Chamomile Essential Oil is expensive and considered an “investment oil”!)
Safe for all ages.
Chamomile’s chemical makeup has active components that are milder and less overwhelming for children. Many oils contain naturally occurring menthol, which can be problematic for children as it’s hard for their tiny bodies to process. Chamomile contains no menthol.
While many essential oils are completely off limits or should be used on children only with caution, in general, thoroughly diluted Chamomile Essential Oil is considered safe for external use on children. Even though Chamomile has a very low reaction rate, as with any essential oil, always test for sensitivity first.
Pregnancy and Nursing
Pregnancy, for all its beauty and glory, can be a complicated kind of tiring. Backache, insomnia, nausea, heartburn, aches, pains, and more can combine to make it a stressful experience.
A massage with special floral oils is a comforting treatment during this special time. A spouse or another loving family member or friend can do the honors. Studies have shown that both mothers and babies benefit from regular massage during pregnancy, and massage by the baby’s father contributes substantially to his bonding with mother and baby.
The aromas in this recipe are relaxing, and the composition of the oils brings physical relief.
Pregnancy Massage Blend
10 drops Chamomile
10 drops Geranium
For Fussy Babies
Use Chamomile in a massage oil to calm your baby, or add a drop to warm bath water or your favorite natural lotion.
Baby’s Massage Oil
2 tablespoons of a favorite carrier oil (like coconut, almond, or jojoba oil)
Chamomile for The Entire Family
Ear Ache Remedy
3 drops Chamomile
3 drops Lavender
1 tsp olive oil
Moisten a cotton ball with the oil mixture and rest lightly in the ear opening, allowing the oil vapors to enter the ear. Leave in place for up to 6 hours. (A persistent ear ache may be a sign of infection and should be investigated by a doctor.)
Hay Fever Blend for Diffusing
3 parts Chamomile
3 parts Lemon
2 parts Lavender
Use in a diffuser or pot of steaming water and inhale the oil vapors. You can also put one drop of each oil on a tissue and sniff it throughout the day.
Eye Renewal Treatment
5 drops Chamomile
1 oz Jojoba Oil
Store in a dark glass container. After cleansing face at night, gently pat mixture around eye area, especially the areas prone to fine lines and wrinkles. (Avoid getting too close to the eye or oil will seep into the eye itself, ouch!)
Is Beeyoutiful’s oil from Roman Chamomile or German Chamomile?
We use Chamaemelum nobile, commonly known as Roman Chamomile. We chose to carry this variety for several reasons.
- Roman Chamomile tends to be somewhat lower in the active components than the German kind, making it that much safer for use with young children.
- While German Chamomile is reputed to have stronger effects on inflammation, Roman is considered better for calming (a major reason many choose to use it with restless children).
- Even though it’s still a pricey oil, Roman is less expensive than German.
Chamomile has become a staple in our essential oil kits and we turn to it frequently. How do you use it in your home?