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Chamomile German Pure - 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.