Roman Chamomile Oil - Properties of Aromatherapy Scents and Fragrances

The Roman chamomile oil is used for centuries to great effect; rarely does a plant provide benefits that it makes itself so revered by three great ancient kingdoms. The Egyptian, Greek and Roman Empires were witnesses to the good contributions that chamomile has bestowed upon mankind. Its reputation stays the same today, as it is now one effective essence in aromatherapy. With the increasing importance that people put on substitute, yet natural, methods of keeping healthy, plants that exhibit a healthful feature or give are gradually penetrating the mindsets of an increasingly health-conscious population.

What is Roman chamomile?

Roman chamomile is not actually Roman like its name states, nor is it indigenous to Italy. It is widely found in Northwestern Europe and in the British Isles, especially in Northern Ireland. Its scientific name is Anthemis nobilis.

Roman chamomile oils come from the flowers of the aforementioned plant. Chamomiles are annual, biennial or perennial plants of two genera: Anthemis and Matricaria. There are two species for the plant: Roman and the German, which we commonly refer as the chamomile. Both produce small, daisy-like flowers. These blooms may be yellow or white. They also have scented leaves; the scented flowers and leaves enable the plant to pave its way into the confines of aromatherapy.

How people utilize Roman and German chamomile.

Both species are quite useful in home therapy; both function very similarly that one can be changed with the other and still attain the same effects. The only difference though is that Roman chamomile oil is best used to counter the effects of anxiety and restlessness among children; symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and headaches can also be stopped. A room filled with the sweet, crisp scent of Roman chamomile oil and/or dried petals of the flower can pacify the stressed mind of an individual. The oil's anti-anxiety effects then take effect as the individual continues to inhale its soothing aroma; a possibility of a restful and peaceful slumber is not that far-fetched. The German variety, on the other hand, is more of being anti-inflammatory in adults as it concerns more with the problems of the digestive and urinary systems.

Of course no one can enjoy the blessings of Roman chamomile oils without taking a cup of the famous chamomile tea. Essences from the flower heads are extracted, strained and added with water – or as tea bags contained with chopped dried flowers – to make a cup filled with health and satisfaction. The tea has the ability to cure a myriad of discomforts: stomach cramps and insomnia to give you some examples. Each sip from this concoction relieves the body; making it relaxed and recharged for more activity.

There are other, lesser-known, uses for Roman chamomile oils and other plant parts as well. The essential oils from dried petals, when mixed with simmering water, will effectively wash blonde and other fair-complexion hair. Chopped foliage is mixed with butter to coat baked potatoes, acting as garnish. In botanical gardens, Roman chamomile bushes act as ground cover while giving off its apple-like scent to further enhance the ambiance of an already fragrant flower garden or to give lush, dull greenery some 'life'.

A precaution

For all the benefits that Roman chamomile plants can provide for the health conscious, it is not without its risks. People who develop some kind of an allergy against ragweed or those who are unlucky enough to have hay fever shall stay away from this plant. Also, when taken in amounts tolerable beyond pure reason, drowsiness is a major opponent so driving automobiles or operating heavy machinery is discouraged. Chamomile can also increase the chances of asthma or can make it worse.

The availability

Sale of Roman chamomile in the market is usually composed of the Roman chamomile oil used in therapy and is available in health shops or suppliers, or some useful plant parts like dried flowers and chopped petals. Also sale of chamomile tea is found to be common. Roman chamomile is also available in commercial products like perfumes, soaps and shampoos; as well as in health products like tinctures and ointments. Better yet, if you want to experience its benefits while at home, you can visit a botanical garden in your locale and try to purchase some Roman chamomile seeds for your garden.


The pursuit of a healthy well-being usually among professionals and oft-stressed people is a beneficial human enterprise. The search for alternative therapies, like the Roman chamomile oil, is ongoing – new species of aroma therapeutic plants can appear from the wild or new uses can be made from the same plants. Whatever the circumstances may be regarding herbal therapy, for today and the foreseeable future it continues to be effective in raising a healthy and happy population.