CHAMOMILE BLUEMatricaria recutica
There has been much confusion over Roman (English) and German (Blue) Chamomile. German (Blue) Chamomile is the more powerful oil for healing purposes and was well known and widely used in the ancient world. The Egyptians used it not just to treat ague, which is to say 'fever', (probably malaria), but also in their cosmetic potions and even in the sacred embalming oil. The Greeks also made ample use of it and it was one of Asclepiades favourite healing herbs. The name 'Matricaria' points to its usefulness for female troubles. It has often been called 'a mother's herb' as it is not only a stand-by remedy for numerous troubles mothers have to soothe, but it also soothes mothers' nerves.
In aromatherapy Roman and Blue Chamomile can be used interchangeably, though Blue Chamomile has a more potent anti-inflammatory action. Blue Chamomile is well suited for children's emotional upsets and tantrums. It is more effective for all the female troubles Roman Chamomile is indicated for and is a very powerful anti-inflammatory oil. Chamomile is a real women's herb and helper.
The magical uses for German Chamomile are much the same as for Roman Chamomile, except that German Chamomile is somewhat stronger.
Similar, but more pungent than Roman Chamomile. Blends well with Bergamot, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Cypress, Frankincense, Galbanum, Jasmine, Juniper, Marjoram, Neroli, Rosemary, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang and Yarrow.