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Essential Oils

Blue Chamomile Essential Oil - Capable of Anything

If you have a hard time relaxing, blue chamomile —also known as German or Hungarian chamomile—may be the perfect essential oil to add to your daily routine.

The versatile herb, known in German as alles zutraut , which translates as “capable of anything,” blue chamomile boasts a wide range of health benefits. George Nemecz, Ph.D., of Campbell University in North Carolina called blue chamomile “a perfect example” of a therapeutic herb, and its essential oil condenses all of them into one small but powerful package. 1

Of the different types of chamomile—German, Roman, and Moroccan—German chamomile has the highest levels of azulene, which gives the freshly-distilled oil its rich blue hue. When fresh, the oil is a deep azure blue; over time, however, the color fades, and older oil may be light green or yellow.

A cousin of the daisy, chamomile is from the Matricaria genus, derived from the Latin word for womb. The name is derived from the Greek words chamos and melos , which mean ground and apple, and references the sweet scent of the plant’s flowers, which Pliny the Elder compared to apples.

Blue chamomile is native to Southern and Eastern Europe and is also grown in Hungary, Egypt, France, and Asia. The oil is steam distilled from those flowers, which contain the plant’s power-packed health benefits.

Blue chamomile blends well with floral oils including rose, geranium, lavender, ylang-ylang, and neroli; citrus scents including bergamot (an Italian citrus fruit), grapefruit, blood orange, lemon, and lime; and woodsy scents, such as cedar.

Blue Chamomile The History of Blue Chamomile


Though they share some of the same therapeutic properties, German, Roman, and Moroccan chamomile oils are all different species. German, or blue chamomile, has a higher azulene content than its Roman cousin, which gives German chamomile its deep blue hue and makes it stand out as a distinct star among chamomile varieties.

Chamomile is one of the oldest and most referenced herbs, with a history dating back thousands of years.

Ancient Egyptians revered this herb for its therapeutic benefits, and chamomile was widely used in Latin American folk medicine.

Hippocrates, who is considered the father of modern medicine, used chamomile to reduce fevers, and Roman physician Pedanius Dioscorides and Greek physician Galen of Pergamon also recognized the widespread benefits of blue chamomile. 2 Dioscorides even mentioned blue chamomile in his reference book, De Materia Medica Europe , written in 78 AD.

Used in aromatherapy, blue chamomile continues to provide a range of benefits in the modern.

Blue Chamomile Chemical Properties


The active ingredients that make chamomile special are numerous, and both Roman and German chamomile offer them, although German (blue) chamomile offers more therapeutic compounds than its plant cousins.

Some of the most important chemical compounds in blue chamomile include:

Chamazulene


A terpene, azulene is what gives this essential oil its deep blue color. It also has the potential to relieve minor aches, such as muscle soreness from working out.

Bisabolol


Bisabolol offers the benefits of antioxidants, which protect against free radical damage. This can be beneficial for maintaining healthy skin by encouraging the production of collagen and elastin, which make up the structural layer of skin.

Myrcene


This monoterpene works along with other compounds in chamomile including alpha- and beta-pinene to reduce stress, creating a synergistic effect that makes blue chamomile especially beneficial for stress relief.

Beta-pinene


Beta-pinene is believed to help reduce stress and promote well-being, but it also acts as an antioxidant. 3

Quercetin


A flavonoid, quercetin acts as an antioxidant. 4

Uses for Blue Chamomile Essential Oil blue chamomile


German chamomile oil is a popular addition to cosmetics, especially those formulated to ease dry or irritated skin or cleanse sensitive skin. Some other benefits of this essential oil are highlighted below.

Alleviates Stress


A 2016 study from the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine found that chamomile helped ease the symptoms of stress. Subjects who ingested blue chamomile daily for eight weeks experienced reduced stress indicators. 5

Maintains Skin Health


The bisabolol in blue chamomile essential oil, only isolated in the last century, can help maintain skin health and strength. 6

Relieves Minor Muscle Aches


A few drops of blue chamomile essential oil mixed with two tablespoons of sweet almond oil can be massaged onto areas with minor muscle aches to relieve tension and provide some relief.

Maintains Hair Health


Adding a few drops of this essential oil to shampoo or conditioner can help strengthen hair and make it shinier and easier to manage. It can also be used as an overnight hair mask by mixing a few drops of essential oil with four tablespoons of sweet almond oil as a carrier. 7

Maintains Healthy Digestion


Stress can cause several health problems, including digestive issues. Because this essential oil helps relieve stress, it also has the potential to maintain healthy digestion by helping prevent stress-related digestive issues. 8

How To Use Blue Chamomile Essential Oil


Blue chamomile essential oil is gentle enough to be applied topically, so it can be used as a compress or applied directly to the skin.

It can also be used as aromatherapy and added to a diffuser or breathed directly from the bottle or through the steam of a warm, relaxing bath.

Applying a few drops of this oil to the soles of the feet can help support feelings of relaxation.

Fun Facts



  • Norse Vikings used blue chamomile essential oil in shampoo to add shine to their braided hair.

  • Blue chamomile-infused oil was used in ancient Egypt as part of an embalming oil used to preserve pharaohs in their tombs.

  • In Spain, chamomile is known as manzanilla, which means “little apple.” Blue chamomile brings a punch of floral notes to Manzanilla sherry.


Final Thoughts


Chamomile may be a more widely recognized word in the world inside and outside of essential oils, especially if you enjoy a nice cup of tea. However, blue chamomile distinguishes itself with its benefits, aroma, and particularly color, making it an excellent oil to try if you already enjoy the other types of chamomile.

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