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German ‘Blue’ Chamomile

(Matricaria chamomilla)

 What Is German Chamomile Oil?

German chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla), which is often referred to as blue chamomile or true chamomile, comes from the Compositae sunflower family. It is one of the two chamomile species that can be used medicinally. The other one is the Roman or English chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile).

This plant, which hails from Southern and Eastern parts of Europe, grows from 6 centimeters up to 60 centimeters (2.3 to 23.5 inches) tall with heavily branched and furrowed stems. Like Roman chamomile oil, German chamomile essential oil is extracted either through solvent extraction or steam distillation of its golden yellow flowers that have ray-like blossoms.

You can find German Chamomile in Mother Gaia’s Deep Sleep Lotion.

Major Constituents: Bisabolol, Farnesol, Azulene, Farnasene, Thujanol

Composition of German Chamomile Oil

Some of the most important chemical components of German chamomile oil are sesquiterpenes, 36 flavonoids, coumarins and polyacetylenes. Other constituents include chamazulene (which has antiseptic capabilities), as well as 28 terpenoids and 52 additional compounds with potential pharmacological activity that gives it antimicrobial and fungistatic capabilitiesfarnesene, sesquiterpenes, cadinene, furfural, spanthulenol, and proazulenes (matricarin and matricin).

Chamazulene (or azulen when isolated), which provides German chamomile oil its deep bluish color, is formed from matricin during steam distillation. Prolonged storage and light exposure destroys this effect. This often results in a lighter blue color, which can turn into a pale green, yellow or even brown shade.

When it's still fresh, German chamomile oil has a viscous quality and has a sweet, herbaceous scent with fruity undertones. However, in its concentrated and dried-out form, German chamomile oil can sometimes be nauseating and unpleasant for some individuals. German chamomile oil blends well with rose oil, lavender oil, cedar oil, neroli oil and geranium oil.

Blending: Chamomile Oil forms very pleasant blends with Bergamot, Clary Sage, Lavender, Jasmine, Geranium, Grapefruit, Tea Tree, Rose, Lemon, Lime and Ylang-Ylang Oil.

Benefits of German Chamomile Oil

German chamomile oil provides antispasmodic, antiseptic, antibiotic, antidepressant, antineuralgic, antiphlogistic, carminative, cholagogue, cicatrisant, emmenagogue, analgesic, febrifuge, hepatic, sedative, nervine, digestive, tonic, antispasmodic, bactericidal, sudorific, stomachic, anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious, vermifuge, and vulnerary properties. This beneficial essential oil penetrates deep into the layers of your skin where its potent anti-inflammatory action can restore and soothe irritated skin, mouth ulcers, burns, bruises and other skin conditions. Aside from possibly helping lift up your mood and letting go of your anxieties, German chamomile oil has other reported benefits when used in tandem with other essential oils in aromatherapy.

Uses of German Chamomile Oil

German chamomile oil is broadly used in the cosmetic industry, especially in formulations designed to improve dry, inflamed or irritated skin. It is also added in shampoos and conditioners. Other practical uses of German chamomile oil include:

• Allergic reactions — Apply topically on the affected area with balm for instant relief.

• Candida infection — Can help alleviate itching caused by yeast fungus in the vaginal area by having a warm sitz bath regularly until your condition improves. Add one drop of German chamomile oil and two drops of tea tree oil in a gallon of warm water.

• Hair moisturizer — Blend two drops of German chamomile oil, rosemary oil, and lavender oil with 4 tablespoons of sweet almond oil. Massage it onto your hair and scalp once a week. For best results, leave it on overnight.

• Inflammation and irritation of the respiratory tract — By inhalation.

• Improves Digestion - Being a stomachic, they tone up the stomach and ensure its proper function. They also promote the secretion of digestive juices into the stomach and facilitate digestion. Being Hepatic, which means being good for the liver, they ensure good health of the liver and the proper flow of bile from it. They are also considered Cholagogues, meaning that they increase the secretion of Hydrochloric Acid, bile, and enzymes in the stomach, thereby promoting digestion.

• Open leg sores, wounds, hemorrhoids, mastitis, eczemas, gingivitis and ingrown nails — Use topically as a poultice, salve or compress. To make a compress, take a damp cloth, add a few drops of German chamomile oil, and place it on top of the affected area with the essential oil facing away from the skin. This way, the oil's healing properties will seep into the cloth without putting the skin at risk of any potential hypersensitivity.

• Menstrual cramps — Take a five-minute sitz bath (a warm, shallow bath that cleanses your perineum, the space between your rectum and the vulva or scrotum) in a gallon of warm water with two drops of German chamomile and lavender oil.

• May help relieve migraine — Moisten a towel with cool water and add a few drops of German chamomile oil. Place the damp cloth on your forehead, close your eyes and relax.

• May provide relief from joint pain or tense, stiff and cramping muscles —Blend 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil and two drops of German chamomile oil and rosemary oil. Massage this blend onto the affected areas to ease up the tensed muscles and increase circulation.

• Moisturizing skin mist — To make your own natural skin mist, blend two drops of German chamomile oil, two drops of lavender oil, one drop of rose otto oil and 4 ounces of purified water in a ready-to-spray bottle. This natural moisturizing mist will surely be handy for your sunbathing sessions.

• PMS Aide - The symptoms of PMS can be very debilitating for many women. German chamomile’s anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties help in relieving many of the symptoms commonly associated with PMS as well as with menopause. It can help to reduce cramping, pain and nausea commonly associated with PMS as well as menopause. It also helps to balance the hormones which can be very unbalanced during PMS and menopause; this helps a woman to be more calm and relaxed or less irritable and emotional during this time.

• Prevents Infections - Both varieties have very good antiseptic and antibiotic properties which do not let biotic infections develop, which arise due to biotic factors such as bacteria and fungi. They also eliminate infections that are already present. These are good vermifuge agents as well, which kill all sorts of intestinal worms. If applied to the hair, it kills lice and mites, keeping the hair and scalp free from infections and damage.

• Reduces Anger - While Roman Chamomile is found to be effective in calming down annoyance, anger, and irritation, particularly in small children. The German variety, on the other hand, is found to be more effective on adults for curing inflammation, particularly when it is located in the digestive or urinary system. They also reduce blood pressure and curb the swelling of blood vessels.

• Relieves Depression - Both varieties have been seen to be very effective in fighting depression and for raising spirits. They eliminate feelings of sadness, depression, disappointment, and sluggishness while inducing a sort of happy or charged feeling. Even smelling these oils can help a lot in overcoming depression and bringing about a good mood.

• Removes Toxic Agents - As a sudorific, both varieties of chamomile oil induce profuse perspiration, which helps to remove toxins and agents that cause infections while simultaneously cooling down the body and effectively providing relief from fever, thus serving as a Febrifuge.

• Sedative - German chamomile is well known for is sedative properties. It allows the body and the mind to relax and calm prior to bedtime allowing for a more restful and deeper sleep. This property is also important when it comes to relieving stress, depression and anxiety because it allows the body and the mind to calm and stop racing allowing a person to relax enough to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. Getting a proper night’s sleep is also very important when having a cold or flu as sleep helps to heal the body from said infection.

• Shingles — Use topically as a poultice. Combine 10 drops of German chamomile oil, two drops of geranium oil, four drops of bergamot oil, six drops of balm, and five drops of lavender. Mix it in water to use as a compress or in 1 3/4 fluid ounces of almond oil.

• Skin toner — German chamomile oil has astringent properties, which makes it ideal for pore-cleansing treatment. Simply add the essential oil to your own homemade facial cleanser and apply using cotton balls.

• Treats Rheumatism - They cure dysfunctions of the circulatory system, stimulate circulation and detoxify the blood from toxins like uric acid, thereby helping to cure ailments like rheumatism and arthritis, which are caused due to improper circulation and accumulation of uric acid. These abilities classify them as good antiphlogistics, any agents which reduce swelling and edema.

Side Effects of German Chamomile Oil   Read More...

Tip of the Week

Need more or better sleep?

So you've cut out some or all caffeine, turned the phone or tv off early, and you're still having trouble sleeping.

Some thoughts -

Do you stretch before bed? You don't have to be a Yoga expert to feel better, more relaxed, and ready to sleep after stretching. Gentle stretching releases built up tension in joints, muscles, and tendons while stimulating blood flow. 

• Simply stretch your arms out in different directions, reaching behind your head or out to the sides.

• Point and flex your toes, roll your ankles, and extend your legs while sitting in bed before you go to sleep.

• Put a leg up on the bed while standing next to it and lean towards it, bending as far as you can without overstretching. Don't forget your balance.

• Touch your toes and hold as long as you can while breathing slowly.

Remembering not to over stretch, it's meant to feel good and relieve stress, not hurt you. Be gentle with your body and it will love you for it.

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Recipe of the Week

Make Your Own Glycerite

This is an alcohol free tincture that is better for diabetics and those who cannot have alcohol. Vegetable glycerin has far less sugar and a much lower glycemic index.

Ingredients: 

• 12 oz Glass Jar with lid

• 1 cup Filtered Water

• At least 8 oz of dried herbs

• At least 8 oz of Vegetable Glycerin

• Coffee filter, paper towel, cheese cloth, cloth, etc.

• Large rubber band

Directions:

• Select a glass container.

• In a separate bowl cover herbs with water to moisten them, allow to stand 15 minutes.

• Fill the glass container with moistened herbs.

• Cover the herbs with vegetable glycerin

• Cover jar with coffee filter, cheese cloth, paper towel, etc. and close with rubber band. Label the jar and leave it sit for 2-4 weeks.

• Swish or swirl the jar occasionally.

• At the end of the 2-4 weeks strain the herbs out of your glycerite and bottle it.

• Lasts in dark cupboard for up to 10 years.

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Preventing the Flu Without Vaccines

Many, many people blindly follow their Doctor's advice and get the Flu vaccine. What they don't do is find out what the flu vaccine actually contains, how long it is expected to work, and which flu virus strains it's supposed to defend against. The vaccine itself may not be toxic but the chemicals, including mercury, utilized in extracting and combining the essential components of the vaccine are. Also the vaccine itself is only guaranteed to work for six weeks after injection, flu season lasts 3 months, at least. Every year they create a new vaccine for new strains of the flu without considering what that does to the virus itself. Every new strain evolved because of the modified vaccine, now there are many strains that the vaccine does not protect the individual from. Many occupations require that you have the flu vaccine as a part of employment. These people are forced to be inoculated even when the prevention results are not guaranteed.

Over sanitation is one cause of the spread of the virus in children and adults. If we kill all the bacteria on/in ourselves and on the surfaces of our homes then we directly affect our immune system's ability to defend us. Our immunity is dependent on bacteria to function properly, these bacteria live within and around us for a reason. When we indiscriminately kill all the bacteria, we kill what we need as well.

Alcohol based hand sanitizers and air diffusers are the leading cause of this problem. Also the companies that produce these products cannot guarantee their effectiveness because the products strength decreases the longer it sits on store shelves or in back-stock warehouses. This is especially true of the sanitizing wipes. They have been tested and proven to be completely ineffective after only 6 months of storage. So how long do they sit it warehouses before placed on a shelf for you to purchase? At least 3 months, sometimes more with companies like Walmart that purchase huge amounts of product at once to gain a discount.

Now that we've covered that let's take a look at what we can do to prevent the flu in ourselves and our homes without these man-made, chemical based vaccines and sanitizers.

The absolutely best mixture I have found for sanitizing safely and effectively is Witch Hazel and Tea Tree essential oil. Tea Tree essential oil is an amazing leaf extract from Australia that strengthens the bodies immunity by supporting the 'good' bacteria and promoting proper immune function. It is also amazingly effective at destroying every type of invader that can make you sick by compromising your immunity, from viruses to fungi, and everything in between.

Mother Gaia also makes a great all-natural hand sanitizer and sanitizing spray that include tea tree.

Visit Mother Gaia's to buy your own.

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Product of the Month

Mother Gaia's Super Moisture Balm

Beeswax, Coconut Oil, Sunflower Oil, ZERO Water, & Honey.

Deeply moisturizing to dry, cracked, and flaky skin.

Get your aromatic blend today and heal all of your skin issues naturally.

Find yours here.

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Subscriber Promotions

Offers only for subscribers of Mother Gaia's Newsletter

October: BUY ONE GET ONE - Orange Spice Spray. Wonderfully warming for the upcoming Holidays. Find it here.

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Upcoming Events & Classes

 

Dancing Gaia: Nature of Movement & Meditation

Every Saturday @ 8am, Aspen Lodge in Anthem Ranch

We’ll begin class with deep breathing, energy building, and gentle stretching warm-ups. Class continues with a unique blend of Tai Chi, Yoga, Qigong, and Tae Kwon Do style movements. Then we finish each class with a cool down and seated hand posture practice. These classes are for residents only. 

Want Dancing Gaia in your community? Send Mother Gaia an email here.

Wellness Education

Classes held at the Eaton Senior Community, Saturdays @ 1:30pm

323 S Eaton St in Lakewood, CO 80226 (open to the public)

What do you get to learn about?

• Nine dimensions health and wellness

• Physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness 

• Understanding your body.

• Alternative Medicine — other than surgery and medications

• Ways to improve your health without spending money.

• Cheap and easy remedies to use at home.

• Simple, gentle exercise to improve function.

• Free gifts, snacks, and handouts for attending.

 

Group Classes Mother Gaia Brings to You

How about an unusual birthday party for that open minded teen, loved one, or friend that has everything? Or just a fun way to learn and experience the benefits of natural healing with friends and/or family? Mother Gaia brings all the supplies and information needed for a great educational experience.

Combine classes for a more complete experience and save $10 per person. Host a class and get your first complete set for free! Send Mother Gaia an email and we can schedule it on your time in your space. Mother Gaia is fully insured for your protection, references can be provided upon request.

Aromacraft  

Learn about and experience essential oils and all of their wonderful benefits, create up to seven (7) of your own products to take home including a ZERO water based spray, moisturizing lotion, aroma body/bath oil, natural skin toner, deeply cleansing mudd mask, strengthening tooth powder, and nourishing mineral milk bath. 

Herbalcraft 

Learn about and experience herbal remedies, their amazing benefits and simple uses, and blend up to six (6) products including an herbal tea, naturally scented herbal sachet, moisturizing herbal infused mineral milk bath, infused body/bath oil, cleansing mudd mask, and strengthening and antibacterial tooth powder.

 ***Every participant receives a handout booklet packed full of useful information.***

 

 Looking to try out a class? Mother Gaia offers many great classes here.

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