Chamomile is the king of chillin' out. Just about anyone who reads this website regularly has heard of it, in one of its many available forms. NaturalNews has articles on the many benefits of chamomile tea, and some that discuss chamomilla, the homeopathy remedy that comes from chamomile. When it comes to the essential oil, there are more choices as there are several varieties used in aromatherapy. Their medicinal properties overlap to a large extent, with the two most common varieties being Roman Chamomile and German Chamomile.
Chamomile has a long history in folk medicine, and is also one of few herbs to be recognized by mainstream medicine. Its popularity is widespread for uses such as stomach upset, relaxing nerves and anxiety, insomnia, cystitis, and children's ailments ranging from hyperactivity to teething pain. The essential oil is antibacterial, antiseptic, analgesic, carminative, digestive, nervine, emmenagogue, disinfectant, and anti-inflammatory.
While chamomile is helpful for a wide range of physical ailments, it also treats the emotions that accompany those ailments. For example, a nervous, cramping stomach often comes with a grumpy, discontented, morose feelings. This psychological state indicates the need for chamomile, which will relieve both the mental and physical symptoms. When experiencing anger and melancholy, reach for gentle chamomile oil rather than comfort foods.