Chamomile pure essential oil
Chamomile comes in many species but the most common are the German and Roman chamomiles. They are commonly used to make herbal infusions and their benefits are backed up by solid clinical research. The word 'chamomile' comes via French and Latin, from Greek χαμαίμηλον (khamaimēlon) meaning "earth apple" - from χαμαί (khamai) "on the ground" and μῆλον (mēlon) "apple". The many species include:
- Anthemis arvensis, corn, scentless or field chamomile
- Anthemis cotula, stinking chamomile
- Cladanthus mixtus, Moroccan chamomile
- Cota tinctoria, dyer's, golden, oxeye, or yellow chamomile
- Eriocephalus punctulatus, Cape chamomile
- Matricaria discoidea, wild chamomile or pineapple weed
- Tripleurospermum inodorum, wild, scentless or false chamomile
The two commonly used species are: German Chamomile (Matircaria chamomilla) and Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile).
Chamomile has potent calming effects and can be used both on skin and as an infusion to calm the mind.