Our description from years ago: For years we’ve had requests to bring in this rare South African oil, and I’ve resisted. We seldom jump on the bandwagon for newly available essential oils, but we finally gave in to the pleading of some of our professional clients. And when the shipment arrived…I fell in love!
Although its common name is Cape Chamomile, this translucent light blue oil is not related to the more common Roman and German Chamomiles. One distiller calls it “Cape Snow Bush” but other authorities say that is a different species. Cape Chamomile does contain traces of azulene, which gives it its stunning light blue color, but that is the only commonality with German Chamomile. Although I have seen it recommended for skin care and pain relief as an anti-inflammatory, I would not use it in this manner. It has other, perhaps more valuable uses.
Cape Chamomile Essential Oil may be the *ultimate* stress reliever! It is extraordinarily high in esters, over 50%, which account for its sweet fruity aroma. Many of the esters seem to be unique to this delightful oil. It is also high in linalyl acetate.
Bodyworker Pam Ritzau writes:
I think it is a wonderful oil for modern life and nerves…for those times when you wake up at 4 a.m. thinking of all the things you need to do, or that you wish were different in life etcetera. I use just a few drops as an anointing, particularly third eye, thyroid, back of neck (back of third eye?) heart and inhalation, and it almost instantly calms and puts things back in perspective. My very gifted cranial sacral therapist says a couple of inhalations and a few drops on forehead and heart saves her about 30 minutes of work with a client, allowing her to get past tension almost immediately and begin deeper work. Send me 15 ml as soon as you can, please. If I could only have one oil in this hurly burly world of cell phones, faxes, demands for immediate performance, and modern civilization in general, this would be my choice. Thank you. Pam
Pam’s description is why we imported it.
My experience with it has been wonderful. First, I love the aroma, so I was eager to experiment with it. And the other night I had one of those nights when I was just feeling PRESSURED. The to-do list kept running through my head, and I felt as though the weight of the world was on my shoulders. Normally speaking, our SleepEase Synergy will banish anything disturbing my sleep…but not that night. Finally, at about 2:00 a.m. I added a few drops of the Cape Chamomile sample I had brought home to my Aromastone. That, literally, is all that I remember until morning. And I awoke with no feelings of stress or urgency. Just wish I had thought to add a few drops to a bath before trying to sleep!
When I finally make time for a massage, this is the essential oil that I am bringing with me!
Safety: No known contraindications, but because it is a relatively new oil I would avoid using in the early stages of pregnancy or with newborns.
SHELF LIFE: Approximately 2 to 3 years after you open the bottle. Storing dark, refrigerated, and decanting half full bottles into smaller, full bottles will extend shelf life.