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Moroccan chamomile essential oil invokes some confusion. The name can refer to two different oils: blue tansy (Tanacetum annuum) — though the more accurate term for that oil is moroccan blue chamomile — or ormenis oil (Ormenis mixta or Ormenis multicaulis), commonly called chamomile maroc or wild chamomile.
This article looks at chamomile maroc. Do not use this oil as a replacement for roman chamomile or german chamomile, as the constituents and properties are different.
Caution: If a product is labeled chamomile maroc (Tanacetum annuum), avoid it, as that label contradicts itself and you have no way of knowing what's really in the bottle.
The emotional benefits of chamomile maroc are to encourage empathy, courage, relaxation, mindfulness, attentiveness, and centering, according to aromatherapist Valerie Ann Worwood in Aromatherapy For the Soul. "The fragrance sighs for those who have been overlooked, those passed by in mistake, or misunderstood by others."
Plant family: Asteraceae
Production: Steam distilled from the flowering tops of the plant.
Aroma: Balsamic, herby, sweet.
Perfume/Aromatic note: Middle
Is moroccan chamomile safe to use during pregnancy? Consult a professional.
Is moroccan chamomile essential oil safe for children? Likely, yes, for children age 2+, but consult a professional.
Main components of Ormenis mixta: santolina alcohol, alpha-pinene, germacrene. (Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition)
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art: Ormenis is sedating and may reduce inflammation.
The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (updated edition): Moroccan chamomile may help relieve sensitive skin, colic, headache, insomnia, irritability, menstrual pain, or liver and spleen congestion.
375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols: The oil is indicated for liver and stomach problems, eczema, dermatitis, sexual problems, and nervous depression.
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Use chamomile maroc to help relieve muscle spasm, menstrual cramps, stomach ache, migraines, headaches, nervousness, irritability, or anxiety.
Massage oil to help relieve light agitated depression:
Massage oil to help reduce moodiness:
This lotion is thick, luxurious, and creamy.
Note: If your skin tends to break open easily, add one more drop myrrh essential oil.
Cautions: Avoid use in pregnancy and if you are breast feeding. Always a good idea to spot test a blend before using it on large areas.
Source: Elizabeth Ashley. "Hemp Seed Oil: Cannabis sativa." NAHA Aromatherapy Journal Summer 2017.2, p. 58.
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