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Roman Chamomile (Anthemis noblis or Chamaelmelum nobile)

 Botanical Name: Anthemis nobilis / Chamaemelum nobile

Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled

Plant Part Typically Used: Flowers/Buds

Color: Gray/Very Pale Blue

BLENDS WELL WITH: Bergamot, clary sage, eucalyptus, geranium, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, neroli, oakmoss, palmarosa, rose, tea tree

Chamaemelum nobile commonly known as Anthémis, Anthémis Odorante, Anthemis nobilis, Babuna Ke Phool, Camomille d’Anjou, Camomille Noble, Camomille Romaine, Chamaemelum nobile, Chamomilla, Chamomile, Chamomillae Ramane Flos, English Chamomile, Fleur de Camomille Romaine, Flores Anthemidis, Garden Chamomile, Grosse Kamille, Ground Apple, Huile Essentielle de Camomille Romaine, Low Chamomile, Manzanilla, Manzanilla Romana, Ormenis nobilis, Roman Chamomile Essential Oil, Romische Kamille, Sweet Chamomile, Whig Plant.

Composition of Roman Chamomile Oil: main components include a-pinene, b-pinene, camphene, sabinene, 1,8-cineole, myrcene, caryophyllene, y-terpinene, propyl angelate and butyl angelate.

Roman chamomile comes from northwestern Europe and Northern Ireland where it creeps close to the ground and can reach up to one foot in height. Gray-green leaves grow from the stems, and the flowers have yellow centers surrounded by white petals, like miniature daisies. Its leaves are thicker than German chamomile, and it grows closer to the ground. The flowers smell like apples.

The plant is used to flavor foods, in herbal teas, perfumes, and cosmetics. It is used to make a rinse for blonde hair, and is popular in aromatherapy; its practitioners believe it to be a calming agent to reduce stress and aid in sleep. It can also be used to create a fragrant camomile lawn. A chamomile lawn needs light soil, adequate moisture, and sun in order to thrive. Each square meter contains 83-100 plants. The lawn is only suitable to light foot traffic or in places where mower access is difficult.

Its properties make it appropriate for the treatment of cracked nipples that develop during breastfeeding. It can be applied directly to the skin for pain and swelling. It is not recommended for use during pregnancy as it can cause uterine contractions and miscarriage.

Pediatric: Scientists have not studied Roman chamomile in children. Talk to your doctor to find the right dose before giving Roman chamomile to a child.

Adult - The appropriate dose of Roman chamomile depends on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough information to determine an appropriate range of doses for Roman chamomile. It is not known if Roman chamomile interacts with any medications. There are no known interactions with other herbs and supplements. There are no known interactions with foods.

• Tea: Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 2 to 3 heaping tsp. (2 to 4 g) of dried herb, steep 10 to 15 minutes. Drink 3 to 4 times per day between meals.

• Bath: Use 1/4 lb. of dried flowers per bath, or add 5 to 10 drops of essential oil to a full tub of water to soothe hemorrhoids, cuts, eczema, perineal pain, or insect bites.

• Cream/Ointment: Apply cream or ointment containing 3 to 10% chamomile content.

History and Facts

Chamomile is one of the oldest, most widely used and well-documented medicinal plants in the world and has been recommended for a variety of healing applications. Chamomile plants are a member of the Asteraceae/Compositae family. There are two common types of chamomile used medicinally today: German chamomile (chamomilla recutita) and Roman chamomile (chamaemelum nobile).

Roman chamomile essential oil is steam-distilled from the plant’s flowers and has a sweet, fresh, apple-like and fruity aroma. After distillation, the oil ranges in color from brilliant blue to deep green when fresh but turns to dark yellow after storage. Despite the color fading, the oil does not lose its potency. Approximately 120 secondary metabolites have been identified in chamomile, including 28 terpenoids and 36 flavonoids. Roman chamomile essential oil is mainly constituted from esters of angelic acid and tiglic acid, plus farnesene and a-pinene, which have anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties.

Considered to be one of the most ancient and versatile essential oils, Roman chamomile essential oil has been used to treat a variety of conditions because of its anti-spasmodic effects due to its high esters content. Today, it’s commonly used in the natural treatment of nervous system problems, eczema, fever, heartburn, gout, anxiety and insomnia.

Proven Benefits of Roman Chamomile Essential Oil –

Fights Anxiety and Depression: Roman chamomile essential oil has been used as a mild sedative to calm nerves and reduce anxiety by promoting relaxation. Inhaling Roman chamomile is one of the best ways to utilize essential oils for anxiety. The fragrance is carried directly to the brain and serves as an emotional trigger. Research shows that Roman chamomile has been used for relief of depressive and anxiety symptoms all over the world, including a number of regions in southern Italy, Sardinia, Morocco and Brazil.

A 2013 study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that an aromatherapy essential oil blend including lavender, Roman chamomile and neroli reduced anxiety levels in patients in an intensive care unit. The aromatherapy treatment effectively reduced the anxiety levels and improved the sleep quality of patients in ICU compared to conventional nursing intervention.

Serves as a Natural Allergy Reliever: Roman chamomile possesses antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, and it’s commonly used for hay fever. It has the power to relieve mucus congestion, irritations, swelling and skin conditions that are associated with seasonal allergy symptoms. When applied topically, Roman chamomile oil helps relieve skin irritations that may be due to food allergies or sensitivities.

Helps Alleviate PMS Symptoms: Roman chamomile essential oil serves as a natural mood booster that helps reduce feelings of depression — plus its antispasmodic properties allow it to soothe menstrual cramps and body aches that are commonly associated with PMS, such as headaches and back pain. Its relaxant properties make it a valuable remedy for PMS symptoms, and it can even help clear up acne that may appear as a result of hormone fluctuations.

Reduces Symptoms of Insomnia: The relaxing properties of Roman chamomile promote healthy sleep and fight insomnia. A 2006 case study explored the inhalation effects of Roman chamomile essential oil on mood and sleep. The results found the volunteers experienced more drowsiness and calmness, demonstrating its potential to improve sleep and help enter a restful state. Inhalation of chamomile reduces a stress-induced increase in plasma adrenocorticotropic hormone levels.

According to a 2005 study published in Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin, chamomile extracts exhibit benzodiazepine-like hypnotic activity. A significant decrease in the time it took to fall asleep was observed in rats who received chamomile extract at a dose of 300 milligrams per kilogram of body weight.

Boosts Skin Health: Roman chamomile promotes smooth, healthy skin and relieves irritations because of its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It has been used as a natural remedy for eczema, wounds, ulcers, gout, skin irritations, bruises, burns, canker cores, and even skin conditions like cracked nipples, chicken pox, ear and eye infections, poison ivy, and diaper rash.

Supports Digestive Health: Chamomile is used traditionally for numerous gastrointestinal conditions, including digestive disorders. Roman chamomile essential oil contains anodyne compounds that are antispasmodic and can be used to treat or relieve digestive issues, such as gas, leaky gut, acid reflux, indigestion, diarrhea and vomiting. It’s especially helpful in dispelling gas, soothing the stomach and relaxing the muscles so food can move through the intestines with ease. Because of its relaxing properties, Roman chamomile can also be used internally and topically to get rid of nausea.

Promotes Heart Health: Roman chamomile provides cardiovascular protection because of its high levels of flavonoids, which have been shown to significantly reduce mortality from coronary heart disease when taken internally. Because of the flavonoids present in Roman chamomile essential oil, it may lower blood pressure and have a relaxing effect on the heart.

May Relieve Arthritic Pain: A study in human volunteers demonstrated that chamomile flavonoids and essential oils penetrate below the surface into deeper skin layers. This is important for their use as topical anti-inflammatory agents that can effectively treat arthritic pain. When applied topically or added to a warm water bath, Roman chamomile oil helps reduce pain in the lower back, knees, wrists, fingers and other problematic areas.

Gentle Enough for Children: For centuries, mothers have used chamomile to calm crying children, reduce fevers, eliminate earaches and soothe upset stomachs. It’s often called the “kid calmer” because of its ability to help children with ADD/ADHD, and it’s one of the gentlest essential oils on the planet, making it great for infants and children.

A 1997 study examined the effects of a chamomile extract and apple pectin preparation in 79 children with acute, non-complicated diarrhea. Researchers found that diarrhea ended sooner in children treated with chamomile and pectin for three days than in the placebo group. These results provide evidence that chamomile can be used safely on children as a colic natural remedy and to treat upset stomachs.

Displays Anticancer Activity: Studies evaluating chamomile on preclinical models of skin, prostate, breast and ovarian cancer have shown promising growth inhibitory effects. In a 2007 study conducted at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, chamomile extracts were shown to cause minimal growth inhibitory effects on normal cells but significant reductions in cell viability in various human cancer cell lines. Chamomile exposure induced apoptosis in cancer cells but not in normal cells at similar doses. The study represents the first reported demonstration of the anticancer effects of chamomile. 


Tip of the Week

Need more or better sleep? Continued...

So you've cut out some or all caffeine, turned the phone or TV off early, have tried stretching or yoga, and you're still having trouble sleeping.

Some thoughts -

Have you ever tried deep breathing? It's quite simple and quite amazing at the same time. It provides your body and mind with much needed oxygen while calming and relaxing the entire system.


• Breathing in through your nose filters and moisturizes the air as it enters the body.

• Sitting up straight is essential for proper breathing.

• Using the abdominal muscles and diaphragm you can fill and empty your lungs more completely for better oxygen absorption and carbon dioxide removal.


1. Sitting comfortably with your back straight on a chair or mat on the floor, the bed is not supportive enough for good posture while sitting.

2. Arms down, hands on knees, relaxed

3. Inhale through nose slow and controlled, expanding abdominal muscles and pulling down diaphragm, until lungs are full, not over full.

4. Hold for a two to ten seconds, this step ensures better gas exchange in lungs, the more you practice it the longer you can hold without feeling uncomfortable.

5. Exhale slowly out mouth, tongue relaxed on teeth, contracting abdominal muscles and pushing diaphragm up, emptying lungs more completely. 

6. Hold again for two to ten seconds, do not make yourself uncomfortable.

The more you practice it the easier it will be and the more often you will find yourself doing. Proper breathing is essential to proper gas exchange.


Recipe of the Week

Make Your Own Fruit Water

Drinking fruit infused water everyday helps provide additional nutrients and assists the body in effective water use. It's also been know to reduce appetites and assist in weight loss.


• Filtered Water

• Fruit of your choice - lemons, oranges, limes, strawberries, raspberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, kiwi, pear, apple, etc.

• Pitcher or ice cube tray


Make a pitcher to keep in the fridge.

• Slice or cube fruit and place in pitcher

• Pour filtered water over the fruit and fill the pitcher.

• Pour and enjoy.

Make fruit ice cubes for ease of use on the go.

• Dice fruit into 1/2 inch chunks and place into ice cube tray

• Cover with water and freeze as normal.

• Use one or two cubes in your water bottle or cup and enjoy.


Alleviating Depression

This time of year we all can get a little depressed.

Mother Gaia makes great Aromatherapy Sprays and Lotions that can help you feel better overall without dulling your senses.

Depression is not just in your head.  It is a chemical imbalance and nervous dysfunction caused by stress, bad diets, negative self image, mismanagement of emotions, and many other things.  People with depression are often told to cheer up, that it’s all in their head.  When in reality they can’t, without help anyway.  The many anti-depressants work to alleviate the symptoms of depression but they do not treat the cause.  The main link found is the overstimulation of nerves through stimulant use (coffee), daily stress, and overproduction of adrenal gland hormones.  Once the nerves have reached their limit they slow or depress their processes, thus depression develops.  It is a process that begins in your head, but it is real, not imagined.  What I mean by bad diets is the fact that most of us eat what is fast and easy which means processed and synthetic.  The more “fake” foods we eat the more these chemicals affect our body and mind.  We weren’t made to consume chemicals, we evolved to consume the natural nutrients from the Earth.  Also our negative image and negative thoughts fill our bodies with excesses of naturally occurring chemicals that greatly alter normal nervous function.  Our body will normally find ways to achieve balance but it will not be able to keep up if you don’t consciously make a change.

So how do we relieve depression while avoiding the zombifying anti-depressant drugs?  I mean they work to control depressive symptoms by altering normal chemical function in the body.  Thus restricting brain activity, thought processes, and the resulting bodily reactions.  Many people on the medications have told me that they feel very little when they are taking them.  I’m not saying you should stop taking the drugs, that can be much more detrimental.  I’m saying there are ways to reduce or eliminate your need for the drugs, over time and through conscious effort.

First of all you must address your stress.  If you can’t reduce your stress find ways to handle it more effectively.  This must be the first step in alleviating almost all mental and physical illnesses.  Like I recommended before try deep breathing, yoga, or meditation.  These are simple and effective.

Next, you must consider why you are feeling this way, what is it in life that makes you feel depressed.  You must take an active role in understanding yourself and your feelings.  Gaining an understanding of yourself on the inside will help you understand what is going on, both on the inside and the outside.  I know this sounds difficult, but it’s really not.  Just take some time for yourself to listen to your body.  Five small minutes a day of thinking about yourself and feeling your body will produce great results in gaining control of your mental and physical health.

Then, try some anti-depressive herbal remedies to assist you in your effort.  Sweet orange and peppermint essential oils are highly uplifting and stimulating and can be used regularly without side effects.  Now many will tell you to take St. John’s Wort as a natural anti-depressant but in reality it is not.  It is actually a nerve stimulant and can have detrimental effects, especially when taken every day.  Excess St. John’s Wort will cause liver damage and kidney failure.  Jasmine, Rose, and Geranium essential oils are very effective anti-depressants for women because they work with the natural hormonal functions.  Their chemical compounds work in conjunction with the cells to alleviate depressive symptoms.  Jasmine can be very effective for treating male depression as well.  Jasmine is an amazing essential oil that can reduce infertility in both men and women, increase libido, reduce depression, and stimulate happy feelings.  This can be achieved by one drop of a 7.5% dilution of Jasmine essential oil on your wrist, once or twice a day.  You should NOT use any higher of a dilution of Jasmine oil because it is so highly concentrated that it can cause uncomfortable side effects. 



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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.


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. 


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.