German Chamomile is distilled in many places, from South Africa and Nepal to Egypt and Chile. It is cultivated and distilled in Central Europe, for instance in Germany, Hungary, and Slovinia.
Much research has gone into the selection and breeding of Chamomile plants with a particularly height content of alpha bisabolol, or more precisely (-)-alpha-bisabolol, the main anti-inflammative component of the essential oil.
Alpha bisabolol is a delicat sesquiterpene alcohol component that is oxidized as the plant ages. The resulting bisabolol oxide or bisabolone-type essential oils are not as desirable for aromatherapy as the (-)-alpha-bisabolol type. An authentic essential oil of the (-) alpha-bisabolol type will display a broad spectrum of effects that make it one of the most valuable essential oils.
The essential oil of German Chamomile is a powerful anti-inflammative when used topically; it soothes gastric pain when a drop is added to chamomile tea. The French literature says it detoxifies bacterial waste products during and after infectious diseases and recent research credits it as a rare agent effective in the relief of COPD. chronic onstructive pulmonary disease.
Essential oil of German Chamomile is completely non-toxic and non-irritating and serves as a welcome universally applicable agent to reduce ever-present inflammative processes. Addition of German Chamomile essential oil to face and body oils always works.
Reference:The Healing INtelligence Of Esential Oils: The Science of Advanced Aromatherapy: Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D