German Chamomile Essential Oil
Latin name Matricaria recutita / Matricaria chamomilla Family species Asteraceae (formerly Compositae)
German Chamomile is also known by the names German Camomile, Blue Chamomile, Matricaris, Hungarian Chamomile, Sweet False Chamomile, Wild Chamomile, Common Camomile, and Single Chamomile.
The blue of the chamomile oil is due to chamazulene (azulene) which is not present in the flower but formed during the distillation process. As German Chamomile can smell quite sweet and become overpowering, less is more.
Oil Selection Guide
Color – Dark “inky” blue / azure blue (turns green to yellow brown with exposure to light)
Viscosity – Medium
Scent – Sweet, warm, earthy, herby
Perfume Aroma – Middle note
Oil Source Information
Plant Type – Herb
Parts Used – Flowers, leaves
Countries of Origin – France, Hungary, South America, Spain, Morocco, England, Egypt
Extraction Method – Steam distillation
Known Chemical Constituents
alpha bisabolol, chamazulene / azulene, farnesene, bisabolol oxide, enyndicycloether
Applications and Uses
German Chamomile can be found in aromatherapy, pharmaceutical products and cosmetics.
German Chamomile blends well with
Recipes and Ideas
Precautions / Contraindications
German Chamomile oil can cause dermatitis.
Those allergic to ragweed may also find they’re sensitive to chamomile.
See also Essential Oils Safety and Usage.
References and Resources
See Aromatherapy References and Resources page.
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