Herbal House by Katie
If you are sensitive or allergic to ragweed, marigolds, chrysanthemums, daises and other plants in the asteraceae/comopsitae family, you may have a reaction to Roman Chamomile, as it is in the same plant family.
It is always good to do a spot test before using any oil. Apply a small amount to skin and see if you have a reaction. If not, you're good to enjoy the oil!
When using an oil that has been deemed safe for use on infants and children, it is a good rule-of-thumb to do a spot test as well, and to check with your child's healthcare professional before use.
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Something To Try:
Looking for restful sleep? Add 6 drops of Roman Chamomile to a diffuser to fill the room with a sense of calm. You can also dilute a dime-sized amount of carrier oil in your palm, with two drops of Roman Chamomile, and massage into your temples.
Upset stomach for baby? With 1 tablespoon of carrier oil, add 3-4 drops of Roman Chamomile. Gently massage on abdominal area to aid in symptoms of colic.
Did You Know?
One of the reasons that Roman Chamomile is so versatile in aiding with muscle tension, sleep disturbances, upset stomach and skin care issues is because it is high in flavanoids. These are powerful antioxidants that contain anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits.
As listed above, this oil derives from the Chamomile plant (a wild-grown perennial) that is considered a cholagogue; which is a medicinal medium that stimulates the secretion of bile and enzymes from the digestive system, expelling it downward to help with stomach upset. This is why it is so effective when applying it to the abdominal area.
Antispasmodic simply means that this oil helps with spasms; whether it be from cramping muscles, a spasm after a work-out, or menstrual cramping. Massaging a few drops of Roman Chamomile into the problem area, diluted in a carrier oil, is a great way to ease the tension caused by spasms.
There are so many oils out there that can help us heal naturally. It's a wondrous thing!
About the author: Katie Ayer-Brann