Sunday, May 6, 2018

Roman Chamomile

Roman Chamomile, Anthemis nobilis or Chamaemelum nobile,  is one of my favorite essential oils. 
Having been used for centuries, it works wonders on the nervous system.
As an essential oil it is always diluted in a carrier oil.  It can also be combined with lavender for an extra calming effect.

It can be used topically on stress points, arthritic areas, and for abdominal problems.  Use on a cotton ball for acne and wrinkles.  It can be diffused to fill a room or a couple of drops on a pillow.  For extra convenience it can be inhaled directly from the bottle.  It helps reduce anxiety and improves sleep.  I have used cooled tea made from Roman chamomile for stye on the eye.  It is gentle enough to use for children.

Can it help with cancer?

From The UMC:

Most evaluations of tumor growth inhibition by chamomile involve studies with apigenin which is one of the bioactive constituents of chamomile. Studies on preclinical models of skin, prostate, breast and ovarian cancer have shown promising growth inhibitory effects (39–43). In a recently conducted study, chamomile extracts were shown to cause minimal growth inhibitory effects on normal cells, but showed 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 (18). The efficacy of the novel agent TBS-101, a mixture of seven standardized botanical extracts including chamomile has been recently tested. The results confirm it to have a good safety profile with significant anticancer activities against androgen-refractory human prostrate cancer PC-3 cells, both in vitro and in vivo situation (44).

If you have time read the whole study, it lists different maladies in which it has been proven to help and the areas where more research is needed.

Roman Chamomile essential oil it is more expensive than Lavender but it is well worth having in your medicine cabinet.

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