Blue Camomile (Camomilla Matricana)

Herbaceous, bitter, slightly animalic

Source

Blue Camomile, also called Matricaria or Hungarian Camomile, or German Camomile. Camomile is mostly cultivated in Egypt and Hungary.

Extraction Method

Blue Camomile essence is obtained through steam distillation of the flowers of an annual plant that blossoms between May and July. The plant grows to a height of two feet. The essence contains a high concentration of azulene. Its blue color makes it difficult to use.

Use

Only the bleached version of Blue Camomile is used in fine perfumery. (Oriental and chypre notes)

History

Egyptians dedicated camomile to the Sun God. They worshipped the camomile above any other plant because of its medicinal properties. Doctors prescribed it for fever and 'female ailments'. Medicinal properties Blue camomile possesses sedative and digestive properties. It relieves asthma and combats insomnia when inhaled. It cures sunburn when used in bath water. When applied a compress, it relieves heaviness of the eyelids and removes rings under the eyes.

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