Chamomile is a powerful plant boasting a range of health benefits. Its wonderful properties can be enjoyed in several forms including essential oils, plant extracts or even in tea infusion.
Chamomile has been used around the world for centuries. The ancient Egyptians would use the herb for medicinal purposes such as treating fevers and the Egyptian women are said to of used crushed Chamomile flowers as a cosmetic to preserve their youth. Chamomile oil was also used in the embalming of dead pharaohs.
Harvesting and Distillation
The Chamomile crop must be harvested at the precise time that it contains the highest yield of essential oil, this normally takes place during late June and July. The small daisy-like flower heads are cut, after cutting the crop is allowed to dry in the sun for a short while before being steam distilled to extract the beautiful fragrant essential oil.
The Different Types of Chamomile
There are several varieties of Chamomile, but the varieties most used in skincare are Roman Chamomile and German Chamomile. They are different in appearance and their medicinal properties overlap to a large extent.
German Chamomile Essential oil smells more like sweet straw, it has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-irritant and anti-fungal properties. It has a beautiful deep dark blue colour due to its high chamazulene content making it particularly anti-inflammatory it also contains a high proportion of bisabolol, so it is valuable in treating conditions where there is inflammation present.
Roman Chamomile Essential oil has a light, fresh apple fragrance, although it does contain chamazulene and bisabolol it is composed mainly of esters. It has a yellow-pale blue colour, and is anti-spasmodic, anti-fungal and highly calming. This is widely considered the gentler Chamomile oil, making it ideal for use with babies and young children.
All Chamomiles are soothing, calming and anti-inflammatory, making them an amazing ingredient for Organic skincare.
Chamomile Has Plenty of Amazing Benefits
It Calms, Reduces Anxiety and Aids a Restful Sleep
Chamomile is well known for its calming properties. It enables the body to relax hence the reason many people drink chamomile tea before bed. Used as a cosmetic ingredient in a bath wash or shampoo it will soothe skin and leave the body feeling calmed and relaxed. Using a product with Chamomile before baby’s bed time is perfect as it will help soothe and calm baby.
It Eases Skin Irritations
The oils anti-bacterial action protects cuts and abrasions from infection, while allowing them heal faster. Thanks also to its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and regenerating properties, Chamomile is wonderful for calming and soothing irritated skin, it's anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties make it ideal for eczema, wounds, acne, skin irritations and dry, sensitive and allergic skin.
Find Chamomile in our Echinacea & Tea Tree Gel – a handy organic gel that can be used on spots and blemishes, insect bites, cuts, grazes, shaving nicks and fungal infections to quickly heal and repair.
Calendula Ointment – a healing ointment for cuts, dry chapped Skin, chilblains, eczema and psoriasis.
It promotes youthful skin
The antioxidants in Chamomile help protect the skin from environmental damage, soothe the skin after sun exposure, increase cell regeneration and reduce the appearance of ageing.
Chamomile has been added to our Frankincense Regenerating Serum – an intensive moisturising serum that helps to calm and soothe a dry sensitive and mature skin.
Chamomile Cleansing Balm – a multi-use Balm and Mask for normal, dry, sensitive and mature skin.
Rose & Chamomile Toning Mist - a gentle toner that comforts, softens, soothes and aids moisture absorption.
It Minimises Puffy, Swollen Eyes
Chamomile can be useful if you have puffy or swollen eyes. It’s anti-inflammatory and soothing properties calm down irritations and help reduce swelling.
For this reason we use Chamomile in our Aloe and Eyebright Eye Gel.
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