Comparing Roman and German Chamomile by Cathy Podd
There are common misconceptions that Roman and German Chamomile are one in the same type of flower. Though they look similar, they do have some small physical traits that make them different. They also each have healing properties that differ as well. In this post we’ll break down the two types.
Starting with Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis): physically, there are a couple extra “layers” of white petals that surround the yellow stigma (center). Roman Chamomile essential oil originates in the UK. It is a sweet, honey-like smelling flower and has some amazing healing benefits:
- good for treating insomnia and bringing on sleep
- ease stress and tension
- soothes aches and pains
Roman Chamomile blends well with citruses, florals as well as Clary Sage and Patchouli. You can find it blended in my Hypnos bath salt blend with Neroli and Sweet Marjoram.
Then we have German Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla). German Chamomile is native to Europe and distilled in England. It is slightly less honey smelling than Roman, but still sweet. You may find it in chamomile teas and find many skin benefits from the EO:
- inflamed or irritated skin
- itchy skin
- infected skin
- gentle enough for diaper rash ¹
German Chamomile also blends well with citruses and other florals.
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