Chamomile German (10% Dilution) - Matricaria recutica - Mid Europe
Origin: Mid Europe
Extraction: Steam distillation from flowers
Volatility: Middle note
Colour: Deep, azure blue, may be hint of green in some regions
Aroma: Slight herbal camphoraceous hint and slightly sweet
Sesquiterpenes – Chamazulene (26 – 34%), bisabolenes, B-farnesene (2.5-3%)
Alcohols – alpha-bisbalol (6 – 11%), farnesol
Oxides – bisbalol oxides (38-42%), 1,8 cineol (6-8%)
Cautions/ Safety Data
Do not use on the skin full strength. Always dilute in appropriate carriers before use. Not for internal use. Avoid during early months of pregnancy. If pregnant or suffering from serious medical conditions, consult a qualified health professional, experienced in the use of essential oils.
German (blue) chamomile is one of only a few plants which can produce a very high concentration of the chemical chamazulene, which gives it a deep blue colour and its thick consistency. The other two being tansy and yarrow. Chamazulene is not present in the fresh flower, but develops after distillation. It can also form when the flowers are dried which is why dried chamomile flowers may take on a blue tinge.
What does 10 mean%? We carry certain precious oils (Oakmoss, Jasmine, Neroli and Rose Absolute for example) in a diluted 10% version. For an oil to be precious it means that it is very difficult – and expensive – to extract and produce. For example, Rose must be cultivated at dawn and is processed immediately to obtain the maximum yield of oil. It is one of the highest priced oils to obtain due to the substantial number of petals required to produce a relatively small amount of oil. Precious oils are also very potent, and only really needed pure if you are doing something such as making perfume.
We provide a 10% dilution of our precious oils to keep them accessible and affordable. We carry all of our precious oils pure along with their more affordable 10% dilution.
We dilute all of our 10% essential oils in fractionated coconut oil. It is the best choice as it is light, has no odour, and will not oxidize essential oils in the mix. Clear jojoba oil can be used but it is approximately 3 times the price.