Unfortunately this year so far has caught me by surprise and I completely missed posting February’s oil of the month! I wanted to tie this month’s oil into Mother’s Day so I called my Mum for inspiration as to her favorite flower. Who knew it would be so difficult to choose! in the end after much deliberation she chose sunflowers and daisies. Well, as luck would have it, I can tell you a little bit about each of these:
Sunflower Oil (helianthus annus)
Sunflower oil is not an essential oil but a base oil widely used in aromatherapy. It is my go to oil when I have a client with a nut allergy. This base oil is then mixed with essential oils which are chosen depending on the clients’ presenting conditions and then massaged into the skin.
Sunflower oil is rich in Oleic acids with high amounts of Vitamins A, D, and E, it also has beneficial amounts of lecithin, and unsaturated fatty acids. The oil is extracted by exerting great pressure on the sunflower seeds.
Roman Chamomile (anthemis nobilis)
Roman Chamomile is a member of the daisy family (asteraceae). It has been used as a medicinal/sacred herb for thousands of years. The essential oil is extracted by steam distillation and produces a pale blue or blue-green clear liquid. This comforting oil is gentle enough to use with babies, small children and is non toxic. It has anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and sedative properties, amongst others, and as such make it useful in treating teething pains, headaches and asthma. I use it for all these and with treating someone with suffers with allergies.
As always please seek the advice of a professional aromatherapist before using essential oils