Not to be confused with its German counterpart, Roman chamomile is the smaller of the two flowers, but by no means less mighty. With an apple-like fragrance, the oil is renowned for its calming effects on the body and mind.
Native to western Europe, and rarely more than nine inches tall, Roman chamomile plant creates a ferny and fine carpet where planted which makes it a popular ground cover in gardens globally. The yellow and white daisy-like flowers are used to obtain the essential oil which, surprisingly, turns a pale blue colour during distillation.
The flower has been used throughout history to treat and relieve wounds, burns and sunburns, as well as skin irritations. Its antifungal and antibacterial properties make it deodorising and cleansing, perfect for use in soaps and oral hygiene products.
Chamomile is also often used in shampoos and hair treatments as it helps to bring out yellow tones in hair, giving blonde hair a brighter appearance.