Wild Moroccan Chamomile (also known as Ormenis)
Plant Origin: Morocco
Method: Steam distillation of flowering tops
Cultivation: Wild crafted (grown organically)
Chemical Family: Monoterpenol
Aroma: Fresh, herbaceous, mildly camphoraceous with sweet, citrus-like, balsamic undertones
Actual Key Constituents
beta farnesene (E) 10.78%
alpha pinene 9.86%
Children? No known safety issues.
Pregnancy/Lactation? No known safety issues.
Wild Moroccan Chamomile is a relatively new essential oil on the market and has a short history. It is noted to help with skin issues, headaches/migraines, insomnia and irritability. Julia Lawless notes that it has been used for amenorrhoea, dysmenorrhoea, menopause, liver and spleen congestion. Shirley and Leon Price note that it is antibacterial, useful for cysts, acne, rheumatism, colitis, systitis, dermatitis, eczema, inflamed skin, sunburn, gallbladder, pancreas, sluggish liver, nervous depression, intestinal parasites and allergic reactions. It is noted to be a tonic to the pancreas.
Jennie Harding makes these suggestions for usage:
"To clarify oily or combination skin, mix Moroccan Chamomile, Mandarin and Geranium in a carrier oil and apply it to your face nightly."
"To help ease menstrual pain, take a bath with 2 drops Moroccan Chamomile and 4 drops Sweet Marjoram."
Its aroma is described as sweet and fresh with a herbacious balsamic undertone and is used in the fragrance trade as a topnote in colognes. It is NOT similar to Roman or German Chamomiles. Although it's perhaps distantly related to German Chamomile botanically, it has a different chemical makeup. Some argue that it's not even a true chamomile.
At a presentation to the Royal Society of Medicine it was stated that Ormenis mixta essential oil was effective against MRSA (cited in Buckle 1997 p.125).
Application Suggestions (See Essential Oil Usage for more information and a dilution chart.)
Topical: Dilute with a carrier oil and apply as desired.
Internal: No suggestions.
1. The Moroccan Chamomile is awesome! I was having intense right ovary pain for a couple of days when I remembered I had the oil. I rubbed some over my ovary and the pain was gone within minutes! - Leigh
2. When I've had a stressful day, I mix a couple drops of Moroccan Chamomile and a few more Lavender with bath salts and take a long, soothing bath. I also made an inhaler with Moroccan Chamomile and Mandarin to inhale though the day. I think it's an amazing stress reliever! - Candice
According to Shirley and Leon Price, there are no known contraindications at normal aromatherapeutic dose and Tisserand/Young noted that there are no known hazards or contraindications.
Avoid contact with the eyes and other sensitive areas. Essential oils are both lipophilic and hydrophobic. Lipophilic means they are attracted to fat—like the membranes of your eyes and skin. They are also hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Flushing with water will only send the essential oil back to the eye's membranes. Applying a carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eyes or skin. We’ve not known this to cause permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your health care provider.
Battaglia, Salvatore, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, 2002, pages 38-39.
Harding, Jennie, The Essential Oils Handbook, 2008, page 140-141.
Lawless, Julia, The Encylopedia of Essential Oils, 1992.
Price, Shirley and Leon, Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, Third Edition, p. 449.
Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Elsevier Health Sciences UK 2nd Edition 2014, page 244.