Friday, October 30, 2009

South African Chamomile

(Eriocephalus punctulatus) 20% in Grape Seed Oil

Cape Chamomile is a precious and delicious oil that has been described as “one of the most spiritual oils with the ability to heal the heart.” (Monika Haas). It’s fragrance is quite strong so I have made a blend of 20% in grape seed oil making it easier to massage it into larger areas without it becoming overwhelming. The grape seed oil is fatty in nature and helps slow down the absorption of the small moleculed essential oil, extending the presence of the aroma on your skin.

This is a great oil to rub into your skin after a stressful day, when feeling emotional distressed or just when you need a little tender love and care.

Botanical Name: Eriocephalus punctulatus Plant Part: Flower Head Extraction Method: Steam

Distilled Origin: South Africa

Description: This variety of Chamomile is a particularly fragrant aromatic shrub indigenous to the mountain areas of South Africa. It is a white flowering small shrub with fleshy, gland dotted leaves which grows up to a meter in height and is locally known as “Cape Chamomile”.

Uses: Chamomile has a long tradition in herbal medicine. The flowers were used in many cures including an herbal tea to cure insomnia, relieves stress and depression. In Aromatherapy it is used to enhance meditation, relieve stress and calm the nerves.

History: The word Chamomile comes from the Greek word Chamomaela or 'Ground Apple'. In the Middle Ages it may have been used as a 'strewing' herb to improve the atmosphere at gatherings and festivals. Cautions: Non-toxic, nonirritant -- causes dermatitis in some individuals.

Do not use during pregnancy.

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