Therapeutic Properties Described in The Aromatherapy Literature
From The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy1:
- Analgesic, Anti-anaemic, Anti-inflammatory, Antiseptic, Bactericidal, Carminative, Digestive, Emmenagogue, Sedative, Stomachic
- Relieves nervous tension and stress
- Soothes inflamed and irritated skin conditions
From The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy2:
- Comforting to “the head and brain”
- Sedative and anti-inflammatory properties
- Considered one of the gentlest essential oils and recommended for use with children
- “full of sunshine and joy…harmonizing, peaceful, and soothing to the spirit”
Roman Chamomile in Research
Research on Roman chamomile has shown that it has many potential therapeutic properties. Studies have shown that it has significant antibacterial3, anti-hypertensive4, anti-inflammatory5, antidepressant6, antioxidant7, and anti-asthmatic8 properties.
Summary of Research Studies
- Roman Chamomile essential oil was tested against numerous strains of pathogenic bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus faecalis, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Proteus vulgaris, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Salmonella sp.) and showed strong antimicrobial activity against all bacteria tested.3
- Aqueous extract of Roman Chamomile given to spontaneously hypertensive rats over a 3-week period significantly reduced systolic blood pressure.4
- Roman chamomile essential oil caused a significant reduction in induced inflammation in rat paws.5
- Inhalation of roman chamomile over a two-week period caused a reduction in depressive-like behavior in rats.6
- Roman chamomile essential oil exhibited high antioxidant activity in vitro.7
- Inhalation of roman chamomile steam in patients with chronic bronchial asthma resulted in significant improvement in forced expiratory volume and forced volume capacity as well as with a marked reduction in asthmatic attacks.8
Roman Chamomile is a gentle, non-toxic, a non-irritant and non-sensitizing oil. As with all essential oils, use in moderation and consultation with a physician is recommended if ingesting. Safe for use with children and infants.
1 Wildwood, Christine. Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy. Healing Arts Press, 2000.
2 Battaglia, Salvatore. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. International Centre of Holysitc Aromatherapy, 2003.
3 Bail, Stefanie, et al. “Antimicrobial Activities of Roman Chamomile Oil From France and Its Main Compounds.” Journal of Essential Oil Research, vol. 21, no. 3, 2009, pp. 283–286., doi:10.1080/10412905.2009.9700171.
4 Zeggwagh, N. A., et al. “Hypotensive Effect of Chamaemelum Nobile Aqueous Extract in Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats.” Clinical and Experimental Hypertension, vol. 31, no. 5, 2009, pp. 440–450., doi:10.1080/10641960902825453.
5 Rossi, T., et al. “Sedative, Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Diuretic Effects Induced in Rats by Essential Oils of Varieties of Anthemis Nobilis: A Comparative Study.” Pharmacological Research Communications, vol. 20, no. 5, 1988, pp. 71–74., doi:10.1016/s0031-6989(88)80844-0.
6 Kong, Yingying, et al. “Inhalation of Roman Chamomile Essential Oil Attenuates Depressive-like Behaviors in Wistar Kyoto Rats.” Science China Life Sciences, vol. 60, no. 6, 16 May 2017, pp. 647–655., doi:10.1007/s11427-016-9034-8.
7 Piccaglia, Roberta, et al. “Antibacterial and Antioxidant Properties of Mediterranean Aromatic Plants.” Industrial Crops and Products, vol. 2, no. 1, 1992, pp. 47–50., doi:10.1016/0926-6690(93)90010-7.
8 Al-Jawad, Faruk H., etal. “Broncho-Relaxant Activity of Nigella Sativa versus Anthemis Nobilis in Chronic Bronchial Asthma; a Comparative Study of Efficacy.” IOSR Journal of Pharmacy, vol. 2, no. 4, July 2012, pp. 81–83., doi:10.9790/3013-24208183.