Properties of chamomile essential oil

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Characteristics and benefits of chamomile essential oil

Characteristics of chamomile essential oil (Matricaria chamomilla)

Profile of the plant

Annual aromatic herb of the Compositae family up to 60 cm in height. Stems glabrous erect ,. Leaves divided with jagged lobes.

Flowers in chapters up to 2.5 cm in diameter; white ligules, which hang as they mature; yellow florets, pentalobulated in a conical receptacle.

How is chamomile essential oil produced?

Chamomile essential oil is produced from the steam distillation of the flower heads.

Chamomile is grown in Europe, especially in Eastern countries, Australia and North America.

What  is chamomile essential oil like?

chamomille flowers
Chamomille flowers
  • It is a dark bluish oil, penetrating smell and sweet taste.
  • It is rich in bisabolol, camazulene, bisabolin, borneol and farnesol.

Properties of chamomile oil

Main medicinal uses of chamomile oil

Main industrial uses of chamomile essential oil

It is used in perfumery and in the manufacture of cosmetics, or soaps, also to give flavor to drinks and food.

Toxicity of chamomile oil

In external use when diluted is not toxic.

It can produce reactions in the skin of certain people. (See toxicity of chamomile)

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Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

26 November, 2019

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