One of the most important actions of chamomile German is on the solar plexus. The solar plexus is the major nerve center that lies midway between the gut instinct area of the abdomen and the empathetic region of the heart. The solar plexus also lies at the cross roads between the left and right sides of our energetic bodies. This location puts the solar plexus in charge of balancing our need to be in control with our need to gently nurture. A buildup of energy and tension in the solar plexus intensifies our emotional needs. If we feel that our needs are not being met, we can become frustrated and irritable. We may react by trying harder to control the people around us, manipulating them into meeting our perceived needs. The aroma of chamomile German can release the tension that is building up in the solar plexus area. Chamomile German increases honest, compassionate communication. It is of benefit to people who have periods of indifference to family and friends, followed by irritable outbursts directed at those nearest and dearest to them. Chamomile German seems to unclutter the mind, allowing us to get organized and then unclutter our lives. This species of chamomile is about learning to let go and trust the unfolding of events in our lives. It helps us remember that when life isnât working out as we planned, it may be working to a better plan.
The latin name for the chamomile family, Matricaria, means “caring for the womb” and emphasizes the centuries-old use of this herb for female complaints. Chamomile German is excellent for digestive problems, especially if there is an emotional component to them. Chamomile German is a necessary ingredient in blends used to treat ADHD in children and anxiety attacks in adolescents and adults. This oil has an outstanding history in the treatment of headaches, insomnia, and nervous tension. Chamomile German should be tried for severe skin ulcerations or infections, dermatitis, and excema. For those with sensitive skin, application of this oil over a period of time can strengthen the skin’s protective barrier.
Which Chamomile should I choose?
Butterfly currently sells three varieties of chamomile. German, Roman and Egyptian. The German and the Roman are different plant species with similar healing properties although they both have areas they shine in. Chamomile Egyptian is an absolute made from the same species as chamomile German. Absolutes usually result in a more concentrated and complex fragrance than would be obtained by steam distillation. In fact, many plants processed this way cannot be steam distilled due to the small quantity of essential oil in the part of the plant used. This is not true of chamomile. The steam distilled oil (chamomile German) is a very concentrated and complex essential oil. It comes down to preference. I love them all.