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This or That: Chamomile Essential Oils

This or That: Chamomile Essential Oils

Chamomile has been a presence throughout the lives of many, whether as a tea, tincture, or essential oil. Derived from the daisy-like flowers of the Asteraceae family, this herb has long been renowned for its healing and restorative abilities. You may have noticed that we offer two main types of the plant as essential oils - German Chamomile and Roman Chamomile.

Both varieties contain antibacterial, sedative, and analgesic properties, and can be useful for soothing skin, inflammation, and calming the digestive system. The major differences between these highly valued oils is evident in their strengths, chemical properties and physical makeup. Let’s take a closer look at these two delightful essential oils.


German Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) essential oil is extracted from the flowers of the non-perennial variety of the Chamomile plant. It contains chamazulene, which gives the oil its distinctive dark blue color and anti-inflammatory properties. Thick in consistency, its aroma is herbal, sweet, and straw-like. It is ideal for use on sensitive or inflamed skin, as it promotes the regeneration of damaged skin tissue. German Chamomile can also be effective as a calming agent when inhaled or when diluted and applied topically, particularly for menstrual and menopausal symptoms. Try adding it to body butters or salves for use on sore tendons or injured ligaments. 


With a sweet, herbaceous, more apple-like aroma, Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) is extracted from the perennial, low-lying ground cover and is ideal for incorporating into sleep blends. Unlike German Chamomile, this variation is high in esters and has a yellow, blue-tinted color. Due to its gentle, calming effect, it is an excellent option for use with children, and has been found to be beneficial for pregnancy and birth. This oil can ease allergy symptoms and may also relieve headaches, asthma and anxiety. Add 5 drops to a personal inhaler or diffuser during allergy season or times of stress.

What's your favorite Chamomile essential oil? Let us know in the comment section below!


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6 Responses

Edens Garden

October 05, 2018

Hi Jennifer! Both Roman and German Chamomile have properties that are beneficial for both purposes you are looking to use them for. You can use Roman Chamomile or German Chamomile for 1 & 2.

Jennifer Lee

October 05, 2018

I am looking to use Chamomile for 2 different purposes, and have seen some recipes online. I already have Roman chamomile at home, but not German. 1) to make a blend for relief from itchy big bites, and 2) to make a blend that can help relax chronically tense/tight muscles while massaging them. Can someone confirm for me: for #1, I could use either type? and for #2, I should use German? Or could I still use the Roman that I already have?


September 13, 2018

Love them both! I tend to use German chamomile in skin/topical applications and Roman for inhaling or in a sleep blend. But I have used both for both reasons. German tends to leave a sludgy blue residue in my diffuser. But if I want a stronger aroma, I use it.


September 12, 2018

We have it growing wild in abundance in our waterways in oklahoma if i could send a pic i would.

Donna Riley

September 11, 2018

Info on more of all products

Nancy Burch

September 11, 2018

I need to order 2 new defussers.