IFA Conference 2017

It was an honour to speak at the 2017 (International Federation of Aromatherapists) IFA conference. Delegates from over 10 countries attended the conference, highlighting the fact that aromatherapy is now being practiced professionally in so many countries around the world.

On Saturday, I spoke about the precious sandalwood oils from Australia and our role to save the beautiful and precious sandalwood oil, traditionally from India, from the brink of extinction.

On the Sunday I taught my Aromatree Masterclass to a packed house of over 150 aromatherapists. Upon my return from the UK, I promise to lock in some dates to conduct my sandalwood presentation in Melbourne and Sydney. I am also very excited to present my Aromatree Master Class in Sydney on the 29th of July. I will also be doing my sandalwood talk when I visit Japan in September.

Back to the conference. Apart from myself – there were so many inspiring speakers, Bradley Whale’s presentation really pushes the boundaries of science. Research is suggesting that smell can have an impact on our genetic memory. This is truly ground breaking research which means that essential oils are far more potent than we could ever imagine in determining the health of future generations.

Maggie Tisserand went back to grass root fundamentals of aromatherapy. That is – using essential oils for their potent antimicrobial activity. The abuse and overuse of antibiotics has led to some serious problems with antibiotic resistant microorganisms. However these organisms are not resistant to certain essential oils!

We also heard from Natsuki Ohta from Japan who explained how they have managed to capture the subtle essence of green tea. Dr Saul who is a senior physician at the Royal London hospital for Integrated Medicine explained how they are integrating complimentary therapies into the conventional medicine framework.

Joe Hoare, a laughter yoga practitioner reminded us that we should not take life too seriously and just laugh for the sake of laughing. He explained the therapeutic benefits of laughter – indeed laughter is the best medicine.

Nowadays aromatherapy in Australia does face many challenges, however I am pleased to say that the IFA conference in London truly showcases the strength and the true healing power of essential oils and aromatherapy.

Maggie Tisserand, speaking about her research using essential oils to combat Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus MRSA in hospitals.  I first met Akiko from Japan at the Robert Tisserand Aromatherapy conference back in 1993. Look closely and you can see Sal back in 1993! Laughter is indeed the best medicine. Joe Hoare speaking about the therapeutic benefits of laughter. He managed to get over 150 laughing at once!
I am so honoured that my book is being used all over the world. I met a delegate from Brazil who uses my book in her aromatherapy school. Natsuki Ohta spoke about the challenges of creating an essence from green tea. Sal with delegates from India and Korea
Sal with some of the delegates from China who are practicing aromatherapy.

The Chakra Diet (A Hippies in the City blog post)

The Chakra Diet – By Rita Balshaw

When you think of Chakra balancing you probably don’t think about food! And, assumably your mind directly wanders to the more obvious Chakra healing methods of colour therapy, certain yoga poses, crystals, essences or perhaps the Perfect Potion Chakra Balancing Range. Balancing the energy centres within the body (aka the chakras) can be achieved by including and excluding certain foods, working on the premise that every food commodity has a certain energetic healing vibration and frequency.

 

 

Since ancient times, it was known that people who took care of themselves holistically lived healthier and longer lives. Acknowledging our physical and emotional health via the energy of the 7 chakras allows for a successful mind body connection. This is something that has been held of great importance in Ayurvedic healing traditions. When the body is in balance and we are physically and mentally healthy everything just seems to fall into place. Health is an expression of balance, and Ayurveda views disease as an expression of imbalance within the body. The Ancient System of Chakra Balancing and its wise philosophies will provide insight into your true self, empowering you to heal and manage all dimensions of your being.

 

 

Here we discover how certain food groups can be used to effectively restore and harmonise each unique Chakra.

 


 

Base/Root Chakra

The journey through the chakras begins with the base chakra. The base chakra is concerned with survival, security and basic human needs. This chakra reflects our connection to life-force energy and helps us to stay grounded and embodied. The foods to promote healthy base energy must be nourishing and grounding, such as: root vegetables like carrots, pumpkin, potatoes, parsnips, radishes, beetroot, onions, garlic and protein-rich foods like organic eggs, lean red meat, beans and tofu.

 


 

Sacral Chakra

This particular energy field is very much associated with creativity, fluidity and sexual energy. Enjoying sensuality and pleasure all assist in enhancing the vitality of the sacral chakra.  Enjoy sweet and light foods; mango, mandarin, papaya, passionfruit, raw honey, maple syrup, dates, figs, almond, cashews and fresh coconut water.

 

 


 

Solar Plexus Chakra

This one all is about empowerment and transformation. The solar plexus is healthy when we feel confident, assertive and free from feelings of anger and resentment. To keep this chakra healthy, one must embrace a diet that includes yellow, high enzyme foods that allow for good digestion. Things like, pineapples, bananas, squash, lemons and spices like ginger, mustard seeds and turmeric. Brewing up a spicy ginger, cinnamon and turmeric latte, based on almond milk will serve the digestion greatly.

 


 

Heart Chakra 

The heart chakra is concerned with forgiveness and compassion. We experience unconditional love through the heart chakra and it is where we develop true self-acceptance. When this particular chakra is in balance it encourages feelings of positivity, openness and connection. The heart is said to be the core of immunity, vitality and inner strength, this is often why people become sick and weak when they experience conflict or grief. A diet full of nourishing green vegetables, fruits and super foods is a great way to heal this chakra. Be sure to include plenty of spinach, zucchini, basil, kale, broccoli, beans, peas and asparagus. Enjoy kiwi fruit, green apples, cucumbers, avocado and limes, wheat grass, matcha powder and green tea.

 


 

Throat Chakra

The throat chakra deals with communication, truthfulness and creative expression. Imbalances within the throat chakra can result in indecisiveness, lack of creative expression, inability to accept criticism. Swollen glands, thyroid issues and a sore throat can be a physical manifestation of blockages within this energy field. Although blue foods are rare, having plenty of blueberries and blackberries are your best bet to assist with healing the throat chakra. Try a soothing blueberry smoothie, using almond milk, raw honey, steamed purple sweet potato and chia seeds.

 


 

Third Eye Chakra 

Often referred to as the center of intuition, imagination and mindfulness, this chakra is concerned with trusting your inner knowing rather than over analysing situations. The sixth chakra is the gateway into a high realm of consciousness, where we develop connection to the spiritual world. The good news is that raw chocolate is one of the best foods for the third eye chakra; raw cacao stimulates mental clarity and raises the human vibration making you feel blissful and present in the moment. Raw chocolate also contains MAO inhibitors (monoamine oxidase) which allows more of the feel good serotonin to circulate in the brain. Intuitive and mindful eating is governed by the third-eye chakra and it is best to eat lots of food that support brain function. Sustainably caught fish, walnuts, almonds, hemp seeds and flaxseed oil are wonderful sources of essential fatty acids, that contributes to a healthy and happy brain.

 


Crown Chakra 

The Crown Chakra is our highest energy centre, located at the top of the head. It represents freedom, deep understanding, spiritual enlightenment and union with the higher self. Opening or balancing your Crown Chakra can bring a profound awakening, a connection to your spiritual nature as well as to cosmic consciousness, and a deep understanding of universal love. To support the frequency of this chakra it is important to eat and drink commodities that are considered healing and sacred. Gotu Kola, ashwaganda, tulsi basil, ginseng and bramhi are helpful herbs to promote clarity and spiritual connection. Fasting and cleansing programs is said to purify the body and mind, leading to Crown Chakra awakening.

To learn more about the chakras and how you can feel balanced and harmonised, book into one of Perfect Potion’s Chakra workshops, here.

 

Australian Essential Oils Blends

How to use your Australian Essential Oils Kit:
Place the following essential oil recipes into your aromatherapy diffuser and enjoy these beautiful Australian essential oil blends!

FRESH AIR BLEND MENTAL CLARITY BLEND
💧💧 2 drops Lemon Myrtle
💧💧 2 drops Tea Tree
💧💧💧 3 drops Blue Mallee Eucalyptus
💧💧 2 drops Blue Mallee Eucalyptus
💧💧💧 3 drops Broad Leaved Peppermint Eucalyptus
💧💧💧💧 4 drops Lemon Scented Eucalyptus
BANISH THE WINTER BUGS BLEND AUSTRALIAN ESSENTIAL OILS KIT
💧💧 2 drops Tea Tree
💧💧 2 drops Blue Malee Eucalyptus
💧💧💧💧 4 drops Lemon-Scented Eucalyptus
This kit contains five 5ml unique Australian essential oils: Blue Mallee Eucalyptus, Lemon Scented Eucalyptus, Broad leaved peppermint Eucalyptus, Lemon Myrtle and Tea Tree. Find online.

Aromatherapy Blending Diffuser Recipes

How to use:
Place the following essential oil recipes into your aromatherapy diffuser and enjoy these beautiful blends!
Explore our range of aromatherapy diffusers here!

Emotional Soothing Blend Sweet Spicy Blend for Mum
💧 1 drop German Chamomile
💧💧💧 3 drops Pine
💧💧💧💧💧 5 drops Geranium
💧 1 drop Cinnamon
💧💧 2 drops Geranium
💧💧💧💧💧💧💧 7 drops Bergamot
Clean Energy Blend Moment of Inspiration Blend
💧 1 drop Clove
💧💧💧 3 drops Kunzea
💧💧💧 3 drops Lemongrass
💧 1 drop Patchouli
💧 1 drop Black Pepper
💧💧 2 drops Geranium
Energise Your Space Blend Calm Yet Motivated Blend
💧 1 drop peppermint essential oil
💧 1 drop basil essential oil
💧💧💧 3 drops geranium essential oil
💧 1 drop Sage essential oil
💧💧💧 3 drops Lavender essential oil
💧💧💧💧 4 drops Lemon essential oil
Finding Peace Within Blend Space Clearing Blend
💧💧💧 3 drops Neroli essential oil
💧💧 2 drops Sandalwood essential oil
💧 1 drop Roman Chamomile essential oil
💧💧💧 3 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
💧💧 2 drops Sage essential oil
💧 1 drop Juniper Berry essential oil

World Environment Day and Perfect Potion

With World Environment Day coming up very soon (Monday 5th June), we started thinking about the ways in which we try our best to look after the environment.

We’ve been inspired by World Environment Day, and as such, we’re celebrating our very own Perfect Potion Environment Month right here on our blog.

For the whole month of June, we’ll be posting blog posts about our impacts on the environment and what we do to look after our beautiful earth.

For our first blog post, we decided to discuss scrubs and exfoliants.


Perfect Potion: Scrubs, exfoliants and impacting our waterways

This year’s theme for World Environment Day is ‘connecting people to nature.’ We know our customers care about the environment; you consider your connection to the environment every day, that’s why you choose to shop with Perfect Potion. Many of you are also aware of the other creatures who share the earth with you.

At Perfect Potion, we care about the environment and its creatures. There are many ways we do this; from being a COSMOS natural certified company to our exfoliants being plant-derived and biodegradable instead of containing microbeads. All our decisions to help the environment, contribute to caring for the creatures that live in it.

Using no microbeads in our products means that our oceans and waterways don’t get polluted. In 2012 a discovery made in the Great Lakes of North America prompted the push to ban microbeads in beauty products. What was uncovered was that microbeads were being found by the trillions in waterways and in the bodies of fish.


What are microbeads?

Microbeads are small plastic particles less than 5mm in diameter.

 

What are they used in?

Microbeads can be found in scrubs, exfoliants and toothpaste.

 

What are our exfoliants and scrubs made out of?

Our scrubs and exfoliants are plant derived. This means that we use natural ingredients to achieve an exfoliating sensation. For example, our Cinnamon Facial Scrub uses cinnamon and polished walnut shells to help alleviate oily and combination skin. The walnut shells gently buff your skin and reduce pore build-up. Our Zest Body Polish uses Murray Darling River salt to invigorate and buff your skin, while our Bare Faced Exfoliant uses rice granules to reveal soft, smooth skin. Lastly, our beautiful Papaya Enzyme Mask uses active papaya enzymes to absorb impurities from the pores and dissolve dead skin.


To learn more about Perfect Potion and how we try our best to positively impact the environment, stay tuned for more blog posts coming this month.

 From,

 

The Perfect Potion Family

 

References:

http://www.refinery29.com/2016/01/100202/microbeads-beauty-products-environmental-effects

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0165993614002556

The Art of Blending: A recipe

A Recipe By Rita Balshaw, Inspired by Sal’s Blending Masterclass

 

If you where one of the many keen aromatherapy enthusiasts that attended Sal’s recent Sydney “Art of Blending” Masterclass, then I am sure your will agree in saying, we truly had a wonderful day. The Masterclass explored all things essential oils, traditional perfumery and therapeutic blending techniques. 

It was so amazing to learn about the healing properties of plant botanicals, and then have the attendees go forth to create a powerful synergy of essential oils that would then become a scent that is energetically signature to them. 

The intimacy of the blending workshop could not be denied, there was a certain vibe in the air that was probably a result of people embracing their creativity and relishing in the inspiration of the day. 

Here follows my perfume recipe that I would like to share. It captures the sweetness and warmth that I feel about my life. The combination of sweet and spicy essential oils evokes feelings of complete contentment allowing me to blissfully surrender to the sweet flow of existence. Feel free to adjust this perfume blend as you please, using our essential oils.

Making your own natural perfume is intimate and personal. It can be quite the journey from inspiration to creation. 

10mL roll on perfume bottle 

10mL jojoba oil

3 drops lemon essential oil 

3 drops sandalwood essential oil 

2 drops jasmine essential oil 

1 drop cardamon essential oil*

Add the jojoba oil to the perfume bottle, followed by all the essential oils. Ensure the lid is firmly secure. Roll across the upper chest, wrists and back of the neck as often as desired. This perfume will keep for up to three years. This perfume recipe follows Sal’s teaching method on how to create a jojoba oil based roll on pulse point perfume.

It is important not to exceed 10 drops of essential oils per 10mL of jojoba oil. 

To book into one of our wonderful and illuminating workshops, click here.

*If you would like order one of our rare and exotic essential oils, like cardamon, please contact Perfect Potion directly.

 

From,

 

The Perfect Potion Family

Essential Oil of the Month: German Chamomile

Uses for German Chamomile

This month’s Essential Oil of the Month is the wonderful German chamomile, with its vivid inky blue colour.

This amazing essential oil makes us think of vivid blue artworks, deep oceans or the sheen of the satin bowerbird.

Sal’s Essential Oil of the Month monograph on German chamomile gives an amazing insight into the depth of scent and the extent of its properties that this amazing blue oil gives. Sal discusses the personality profile of the German chamomile person along with blending tips, subtle aromatherapy, medicinal uses and so much more.

Sal quotes Zeck, whose description of German chamomile is both beautiful and eye opening:

“German chamomile promotes a letting go of the old and stale so that the fresh and new can evolve.”

Many consider the smell of German chamomile overwhelming and unpleasant, yet there are some (a lot of us at the Perfect Potion family) who think the intensely sweet, herbaceous odour with fresh, fruity undertones is pleasant and calming. Just be careful when using this rich essential oil that it doesn’t get on your clothes or skin (unless you’re after a blue tinge).

The best ways to use German chamomile

Skincare

German chamomile is extensively used in cosmetics to take advantage of its healing properties.

The soothing oil helps with inflamed skin as well as bactericidal skin diseases. We use German chamomile blended with lavender and neroli in our classic Soothe range for sensitive skin.

The German chamomile in products like Soothe Fine Tuning Solution, Soothe Moisturiser, Soothe Oil and Soothe Cleanser are gentle on sensitive skin, soothe redness and inflammation and help with hydration. Our Soothe Double Cream also contains German chamomile as a key ingredient and is perfect for people with sensitive skin who need a bit more nourishment in the chilly winter months.

 

Skincare Potions with German Chamomile

The German chamomile in products like Soothe Fine Tuning Solution, Soothe Cream, Soothe Oil and Soothe Cleansing Gel is gentle on sensitive skin, soothes redness and inflammation, and helps with hydration.

Soothe Oil
Soothe Fine Tuning Solution
Soothe Cleansing Gel
Soothe Cream
Pure Plant Hydration Serum
Pure Plant Hydration Mask

To introduce you to the amazing healing and calming properties of German chamomile we’re offering a Soothe skincare special.

Purchase a German chamomile essential oil and we’ll offer you the opportunity to purchase either a Soothe Fine Tuning Solution or Soothe Cleansing Gel for only $19.95.

Shop Now!

 

Aromatherapy 

By itself, many find the scent of German chamomile too overpowering and sweet, but when it is blended, this amazing essential oil takes on a whole new personality.

German chamomile is used for emotional frustration, anger, irritability, agitation, mood swings and anxiety as it calms the mind and promotes relaxation. This amazing inky-blue oil is often used for those who seek spiritual understanding, need to let go or find purpose in their life.

Try creating a blend on your own with German chamomile or perhaps pick up one of our essential oil blends in which this amazing oil is a key ingredient.

Essential Oil Blends with German Chamomile

Expressive Chakra Blend Emgoddess Demeter Blend

 

Sal Battaglia, the vision behind Perfect Potion recommends these German chamomile blends:

To support detoxification:
German chamomile
lemon
everlasting
An antispasmodic blend:
German chamomile
Roman chamomile
lavender
To relax and release nervous tension:
German chamomile
lavender
sandalwood

 

So, the next time you’re in Perfect Potion, either in store or online, try pairing some of these essential oils with German chamomile for a rich and calming experience or pick up something from our Soothe skincare range.

To learn more about German chamomile, make sure you read Sal’s monograph and keep an eye out for Sal’s blog post on blending with German chamomile for our monthly Blend Master competition.

 

From,

 

The Perfect Potion Family

Meet The Presenters: Jenn King

Introducing Jenn…

This year’s Perfect Potion presenter lineup boasts a diverse range of presenters experienced in the field of aromatherapy and more. If you’re a budding aromatherapist or interested in beginning your aromatherapy journey, we have a range of  workshops in QLD, NSW and VIC. Our workshops and discovery nights are centered around introducing you to the wonders of aromatherapy and combining aromatherapy with meditation, chakras and D.I.Y skincare.

Jenn, is our beautiful NSW Aromatherapy and Mindfulness workshop presenter.

If you haven’t yet booked one of our workshops, get in quick because spaces are filling up fast! Secure your spot in:

Book your place now!

 

Jenn King

Jenn has been practicing meditation, mindfulness and yoga for over 12 years.

She is a trained meditation and yoga teacher specialising in different yoga techniques to manage stress, anxiety and depression. Jenn has created and run various community meditation and yoga programs for mental health and is passionate about managing mental illness with mindfulness techniques. As a Perfect Potion staff member, she loves to work with essential oils to enhance the effects of meditation and yoga. Jenn is also the manager of the beautiful Perfect Potion Bondi store.

German Chamomile Monograph

German Chamomile PDF download

Its petals open with the sun, and it pulls down the energy from the heavens and the solar system. When inhaled with purpose, it can allow a deeper knowledge of the working of the universe, and of certain angelic orders who work close to the earth.

Valerie Ann Worwood’s description of German chamomile beautifully describes the oils subtle qualities.

Synonyms

Blue chamomile, Hungarian chamomile, Matricaria chamomilla

Family

Asteraceae

Botany and origins

German chamomile is a fragrant, low annual herb, up to 0.6 m tall with delicate feather leaves and simple daisy-like white flowers on a single stem.

It is native to Europe, particularly to central and northern Europe. It is cultivated in Hungary, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Russia, Germany, Belgium and Spain. Hungary is one of the main producers of the oil.1

Frequent changes in the interpretation of the scientific name of German chamomile have led to confusion over the past two decades. The current accepted scientific name is Matricaria recutita, though Chamomilla recutita and, to a lesser extent, Matricaria chamomilla are commonly seen in literature.2

Method of extraction

German chamomile oil is steam distilled from the dried flower heads of Matricaria recutita. The essential oil content is highest at the beginning of flowering. Drying the flowers at 40-45°C is reported to preserve the matricarin and the essential oil is reputed to be the best.3

Characteristics

German chamomile is a deep, inky blue somewhat viscous oil with an intensely sweet, herbaceous odour with a fresh fruity undertone. The pure, undiluted oil has an intense odour which some find overwhelming and unpleasant.1

Adulteration

The chances of adulteration are very high as it is a low yield, high price essential oil. Typical adulterants include azulenes from other plants such as yarrow, Moroccan chamomile or synthetic azulenes.1

Traditional uses

Since antiquity, chamomile flowers have been used both internally for digestive disorders and externally for skin and mucous membrane irritations. It has been difficult to ascertain which species were used historically, as many plants within the Compositae family or, in the most recent botanical nomenclature, Asteraceae family, were referred to by the common name of chamomile.4

German chamomile flowers are extensively used as a herbal tea. The oil is extensively used in cosmetics.2

The healing qualities of chamomile have been known by physicians for over 2,500 years. Hippocrates gives description of the herb in the 5th century B.C.  Chamomile appeared as a medicinal plant in De Materia Medica written by Dioscorides in the 1st century A.D.  Saladin von Asculum mentions the blue volatile chamomile oil in 1488 and in 1500, Hieronymus Brunschwig describes the distillation of the essential oil of chamomile.5

Herbal infusions of German chamomile flowers are listed in the German Commission E for topical application for the inflammation of the skin as well as bactericidal skin diseases. Internally, the infusion is recommended for gastrointestinal spasm and inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.6

Chemistry

It is difficult for me to say with confidence that there is a typical chemical composition for German chamomile. Tisserand says the blue chamomile oils are produced in many parts of the world and have greatly varying composition. Typically those oils with the higher α-bisabolol are preferred in aromatherapy.7

In The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy I stated that a typical chemical composition of German chamomile is reported as follows:

Chamazulene (2.16-35.59%), α-bisabolol (1.72-67.25%), bisabolol oxide A (0 -55.08%), bisabolol oxide B (4.35-18.93%) and bisabolone oxide A (0 – 63.85%).8

German chamomile essential oil varies in composition according to the source. Four main chemotypes have been identified as follows.9

Type A
α-bisabolol oxide B > α-bisabolol oxide A > α-bisabolol

Type B
α-bisabolol oxide A > α-bisabolol oxide B > α-bisabolol

Type C
α-bisabolol > α-bisabolol oxide B > α-bisabolol oxide A

Type D
α-bisabolol oxide B = α-bisabolol oxide A =α-bisabolol

The content and composition of the essential oil are dependent on the development stage of the plant. For example, the quantity of α-bisabolol, α-bisabolol oxide A and B and bisabolone oxide A reached a maximum in full bloom, whereas the farnesene content decreased rapidly with the growth and development of the flower.4

Pharmacology and clinical studies

Anti-inflammatory activity

The anti-inflammatory properties of German chamomile oil are well documented when used topically.10

The accepted wisdom is that the anti-inflammatory activity of chamomile is mainly due to chamazulene. This blue compound is formed from matricarin by steam distillation. In other words the compound found naturally in chamomile is matricarin, and this is converted into chamazulene by the action of the steam.3

The antiphlogistic effects of (-)-bisabolol found in German chamomile have been proven in experiments on adjuvant arthritis in rats.11

Experiments showed that (-)-bisabolol had a greater effect than bisabolol oxides A and B. It was suggested that standardising the content of (-)-bisabolol was important to the antiphlogistic effectiveness of chamomile, but that standardising the amount of oxides present was not necessary.11

The anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic effects of volatile and non-volatile components of German chamomile significantly inhibited swelling induced by carrageenan in rats.12

Antimicrobial activity

German chamomile essential oil exerted significant bacteriostatic and bactericidal effects against Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis and Candida albicans. However, even at concentrations as high as 8% v/v, complete bactericidal effect was not achieved against Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Escherichia coli.13

The antibacterial activity of German chamomile essential oil was evaluated against Helicobacter pylori. It was shown that the oil inhibited the production of urease by H.pylori. It is known that the level of activity of urease is very important for the survival of this microorganism in the stomach.14

German chamomile oil has demonstrated antibacterial activity against organisms such as Klebsiella sp., Proteus vulgaris and Clostridium sporogenes.15

Antifungal activity

German chamomile essential oil was evaluated against medically important dermatophytes and opportunistic saprophytes. The results of the study indicated that M.recutita is a potential candidate for designing effective antifungal formulations suitable for treatment of dermatophytosis.16

Liver tonic

German chamomile oil is rich in monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes which exhibit cholagogue and choleretic activities.17 Both the herbal extract and essential oil have a dose-dependent spasmolytic effect on the smooth muscle of the intestine and also demonstrated liver regenerating properties.18,19

Properties

Many aromatherapists suggest that German chamomile has analgesic, antiallergenic, anti-inflammatory, antiphlogistic, antispasmodic, bactericidal, carminative, cicatrisant, cholagogue, emmenagogue, hepatic, sedative, stomachic and vulnerary properties.8

Aromatherapy uses

Schnaubelt refers to German chamomile as one of the most reliable anti-inflammatory agents in aromatherapy.  He also says that an important often overlooked feature is that it neutralizes toxic bacterial metabolic wastes, which are often the cause of fever during acute illness.20

Children’s remedy

German chamomile is considered one of the gentlest of essential oils and is particularly beneficial for treating children. It may be used to alleviate the pain associated with teething infants.21,22

Detoxification

Holmes describes German chamomile as a liver cell regenerator and liver restorative.  It would work very well in synergy with essential oils such as everlasting, rosemary and lemon to alleviate liver congestion and to promote detoxification.23

Digestive system

German chamomile oil can be used in treating colic, dyspepsia and indigestion.21,24 The oil stimulates the liver and gall bladder and is recommended for poor appetite and slow painful digestion.25,26

As it is an anti-inflammatory, Holmes suggests using German chamomile for alleviating gastritis, enteritis, IBS and stomatitis.23

Immune system

Schnaubelt states that an overlooked quality of German chamomile is its ability to neutralize toxic bacterial metabolic wastes, which is often the cause of fever during acute illness.20 German chamomile is reputed to stimulate leukocyte production; however, for this purpose, Valnet recommends the internal use of German chamomile.27

Integumentary system

German chamomile can be used for wounds that are slow to heal such as open leg sores, abscesses and infected ingrown nails.24 It is important for the treatment of eczema, urticaria and dry, itchy conditions.21,22

Psychological

German chamomile is recommended for emotional frustration, anger, irritability, agitation, sudden fits of rage, mood swings and anxiety. It calms the mind and promotes relaxation.23

Musculoskeletal system

Holmes states that German chamomile has a strong anti-inflammatory effect. He recommends using it for fibromyalgia, neuralgia, tendinitis, plantar fasciitis and bursitis.23

German Chamomile oil can be used in a massage for muscular aches and pain, and for inflamed joints associated with rheumatoid arthritis. It is beneficial in treating sprains, inflamed tendons, and swollen painful joints in bursitis.2,21,22

Reproductive system

Chamomile is recommended for promoting and harmonising the menses, for spasmodic dysmenorrhoea and PMS.24,26

Respiratory system

Holmes states that German chamomile is a moderate anti-allergenic and can be used to alleviate allergic rhinitis, sinusitis and asthma.23

Urinary system

German chamomile is especially beneficial for urinary tract infections such as cystitis. Davis recommends drinking chamomile tea and having compresses and massages over the lower abdomen with the oil. The oil should also be used in a bath.22

Skin care

German chamomile is beneficial for sensitive skin problems. It is a local vasoconstrictor and can reduce the redness of cheeks due to enlarged capillaries.22

Personality profile

The German Chamomile person is a very strong emotional person. They have emotional depth and the ability to draw out the best in other people, but keep their own feelings to themselves. They are usually down to earth and upfront. They are always good to have around in an emotional storm, or when grieving, as they provide a strong, solid shoulder to cry on if needed.28

Worwood suggests that German chamomiles are well suited to a profession involving teaching or anything to do with books. She describes them as great organisers.

They’ll organize everything if you let them – including what you have for lunch and who you should invite to your party. If their suggestions aren’t taken up, the Blues can get upset, although this doesn’t last too long and is soon forgotten.  This is a very contented personality, and seems to take everything in its stride.28

According to the principles of Myers Briggs, I would classify German chamomile personality as ISFJ. They are extremely dependable, loyal and committed. They are quiet and unassuming. They are down-to-earth, practical, conscientious and very diligent. They enjoy their homes and like to keep things organised and tidy. They like being with family and close friends. They find it difficult to relax as they always feel they should do something productive.

Subtle aromatherapy

Worwood best describes the subtle qualities of German chamomile when she says that when it is used with purpose and direction the scent helps us in seeking spiritual understanding.

When inhaled with purpose, it can allow a deeper knowledge of the working of the universe … when confusion seems to have become prevalent in a person’s spiritual life, and the laws of the Creator seem to have no meaning to the life we live on earth, then the fragrance can often help us understand.29

On the other hand, Zeck says that German chamomile is all about letting go.

German chamomile promotes a letting go of the old and stale so that the fresh and new can evolve. German chamomile heightens your ability to simply let go, relax and go with the flow when circumstances surprise you and plans change.30

She says that it helps us to loosen the grip on old habits, ideas and beliefs that are no longer useful in our life. She says that it allows us to explore personal freedom. This, in turn, helps us to let go of self-imposed limitations. It allows us to choose new adventures and allow our consciousness to soar to new heights.30

Davis states that German chamomile can be used to counteract agitation or overactivity in any chakra. I believe that it has a very strong affinity with the throat chakra. It should be used to heal the aura wherever heat, redness or anger is present.31

Energetics

According to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, German chamomile promotes the free flow of Qi which is important for relaxing the nerves, relieving spasms and easing pain. This makes it beneficial for nervous tension, insomnia, indigestion and headaches.26,32

German chamomile exerts a good stabilizing effect on individuals with emotional instability. Holmes suggests that it can help us deal with life’s obstacles and challenges in a lateral way not bound by habit or fear induced rigidity. It can help us adapt a more flexible, free flowing spontaneous response.23

In TCM all these conditions are a result of constrained Qi with a Shen disharmony or a deficiency of Heart and Liver Yin with Shen agitation. Holmes explains that German chamomile is excellent for nourishing the energetic aspects of the Liver presenting irritability, resentment and restless insomnia.23

According to the principles of Five Elements, German chamomile oil helps calm excess Wood energy. According to Ayurveda, German chamomile oil helps to calm excess Vata and Pitta dosha.

How to use

Bath: Typically for a full body bath in a tub, use up to 5 drops of essential oils in the tub of warm water.  Foot or hand baths may be prepared by adding 2-3 drops of essential oil to a bowl of warm water.

Massage: Use a 2.5% dilution of the appropriate blend of essential oils to the chosen carrier oil. A 2.5% dilution equates to 5 drops of essential oil to 10mL of carrier oil.

Inhalation: The best way to use essential oils for inhalation is by diffusing them. When you are using essential oils in an ultrasonic diffuser, please follow the instructions of the diffuser that you are using.

Blending tips

Perfumery

Arctander states that German chamomile is used in very small percentages in high-class perfumes to introduce a warm, rich undertone which lasts through all stages of evaporation.1

Aromatherapy

It is often too easy to just think of using German chamomile in blends for sensitive skin. However, its rich sweet and herbaceous aroma can help us create some intriguing blends that can be very relaxing and calming to the psyche.

One of my favourite combinations is German chamomile blended with Roman chamomile and lavender. This is a wonderful antispasmodic blend that helps ease painful spasmodic conditions associated with the nervous system, digestive system and menstrual cramping.

German chamomile blended with lemon and everlasting enhance the German chamomile makes a powerful liver restorative blend for liver congestion and supporting detoxification.

German chamomile together with sandalwood and lavender makes a wonderful blend for helping reduce nervous tension. This same blend would have an excellent anti-inflammatory effect.

Perfect Potion classics with German chamomile

We have utilized the anti-inflammatory quality of German chamomile in many of our skin care preparations.

German chamomile blended with lavender and neroli makes our Soothe range the perfect skin care for those with sensitive skin. Our soothe range includes Soothe Oil, Soothe Fine Tuning Solution, Soothe Moisturizer and Soothe Double Cream.

Pure Plant Hydration Mask combines the soothing properties of German chamomile with aloe vera and marshmallow extract to help hydrate and soothe your skin. Pure Plant Hydration Serum combines German chamomile with rose otto, neroli, and sandalwood essential oils and combined with vital antioxidants to create an ultra-hydrating serum to moisturize your skin. No wonder it smells divine and feels so nice on the skin!

When you blend German chamomile with everlasting, calendula-infused oil and dragon’s blood resin extract, you end up with one of the most potent healing balms ever created – Protect & Repair Balm.

All Perfect Potion baby products utilize German chamomile’s anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. German chamomile has been blended with lavender and mandarin to create our gentle Beautiful Baby range such as Beautiful Baby Top to Toe Wash, Beautiful Baby Massage Oil, Beautiful Baby Bath Oil and Beautiful Baby Bottom Balm.

The beautiful deep blue colour of German chamomile resonates with the throat chakra. It is not surprising that it is an essential ingredient in Expressive essential oil blend for the throat chakra. Together with basil, sandalwood, sweet orange and frankincense, Expressive helps to open your throat chakra and unleash your creative expression.

Demeter is the goddess of the Earth. Emgoddess Demeter essential oil blend with German chamomile, lavender, patchouli, clary sage and vetiver will help you stay connected with mother nature and restores feelings of peace and calm.

Safety

German chamomile oil has been reported to be non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitising.8

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