Ingredient Spotlight: Chamomile

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Chamomile is one of the best known healing herbs that has been a key ingredient in medicine and topical skin treatments for centuries. This common flower found growing the wild across Europe and Asia has numerous health benefits and has been valued for its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties, Chamomile essential oil is also rich in antioxidants. Little wonder there is a strong appreciation of Chamomile skin benefits when it comes to creating natural skin care.

Matricaria Chamomilla/Chamomilla Recutita (German or Blue Chamomile) is one the most common type of chamomile flowers to be found in the skin care products. It is considered to have the most high-potency skin soothing and anti-inflammatory properties among the chamomile family. Occasionally, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman or English Chamomile) can be found as well in the ingredients lists of many skincare products. Chamomile is an especially popular ingredient used in toners and soothing creams.

Usually chamomile flower extract or essential oil is used in skincare formulations. Essential oil is rich in Bisabolol and Chamazulene, while flower extracts contain high concentration of Apigenin. All of these compounds have high potency anti-inflammatory properties.

Chamomile is often added to products designed for sensitive, irritated or blemish-prone skin as it helps to sooth, calm, heal and repair skin. This aromatic plant is hypoallergenic as well, making it suitable even for the most reactive skin. It can be used as an active ingredient for such skin conditions as acne, eczema, minor burns, rashes and other skin irritations.

Chamomile is also known for its brightening and lightening effect making it a popular ingredient to promote radiant and even skin tone.

There are a number of great skincare products that have either Chamomile extract or essential oil on its ingredient list. We also have one of our favourite and super DIYs to incorporate Chamomile in your everyday routine. Just add 1-2 tablespoons of dry chamomile flowers to 500ml of boiling water, brew for at least an hour and then pour the infusion in an ice cube tray and freeze. Massage face every morning with a piece of chamomile infused ice cube for smooth, glowing skin. This treatment can significantly improve skin colour, soothe inflamed skin, improve blood circulation and plump skin. If you cannot get dry chamomile flowers, then simply use chamomile tea bags instead. Don’t forget to drink some chamomile tea too, mixed with a bit of honey it makes a perfect relaxing drink to end a long and busy day.

Last update: Aug 08, 2017

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