Step Up Your Skin Care Routine with Chamomile
Chamomile for skin care has so many wonderful benefits. When one thinks of skin care ingredients that are soothing, chamomile is the primary ingredients that pops up in everyone’s mind first. In fact, chamomile is just an amazing all around ingredients, for us internally as well as externally (skin and hair). It’s delicate flowers and scent are notorious for relaxation and calming, but you’ll be quite surprised to find out how chamomile has been proven as a serious contender for alleviate skin issues in all medical studies.
I personally love chamomile and have included it in just about every single product we make. As a side note, I also include it in my evening tea blend to help alleviate stress. In that tea I also include valerian, red clover, hibiscus, eucalyptus, gotu kola, and rhodiola rosea. It’s a part of my nightly relaxation routine and I swear by it’s effectiveness.
Chamomile Through History
In flowerbeds full of showy blooms, the small, dainty blooms of chamomile can become overshadowed and lost amongst double roses, hibiscus, phlox, beebalm and other large, bright flowers. In fact, because chamomile so readily reseeds in any crack or crevice that it can, we often take this powerful little herb for granted. However, in cultures all over the world the herb chamomile has been highly revered and even worshipped throughout history.
In ancient Egypt, chamomile was sacred to the sun god Ra and was highly revered over all other herbs. Chamomile flowers are found depicted in many ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics dating back to over 2,000 years. Chamomile was valued not only as an herb that could heal any ailments, but Egyptian nobility also used it in their beauty regiments. Similar accounts of chamomile’s “heal all” herbal properties are found in ancient cultures all throughout both types of chamomile’s native ranges. Chamomile was listed as one of the nine sacred herbs of the Lacnunga, an ancient Anglo-Saxon herb guide.
Ancient Greek physicians, like Dioscorides, made frequent mention of prescribing the herb chamomile for a variety of ailments. Medieval herbalists bred double-flowering varieties of chamomile to increase the plant’s healing parts, as it is the plant’s flowers that are used for herbal remedies. Chamomile plants were used as low-growing lawn plants throughout Europe and in parts of North America, long before the traditional turf lawn became popular.
Chamomile plants are still widely cultivated for herbal use, though fresh chamomile from the garden is far more potent than the dried herb you can purchase as tea. Roman and German chamomile are used for their natural sedative, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-allergen, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. They are used to treat digestive problems, ulcers, menstrual troubles, allergies, asthma, arthritis, colic, headaches, insect bites, eczema, wounds, burns, eye inflammation, cold sores and most commonly anxiety. Most people are familiar with the calming, soothing effect of a cup of chamomile tea, and it is listed as one of the safest herbs to administer to young children. Chamomiles are also used in beauty products because they naturally soften and lighten skin and hair, and also treat acne and other skin problems.
Chamomile is also known to have healing and soothing effects on other plants. As companion plants, chamomiles can prevent many fungal and bacterial infections in the plants around them. They also repel many insect pests. Chamomiles are known to improve vigor in their plant companions. In his 1911 publication of The Herb Garden, herbalist France’s A. Bardswell called chamomile “the plant’s physician,” describing the healing effects chamomiles have on their companion plants. Next time you make yourself a nice, soothing cup of chamomile tea, also prepare one for that plant that always seems to struggle in your garden.
8 Chamomile Skin Care Benefits
There are eight proven and significant benefits to including chamomile in your skin care:
1. Helps Alleviate Acne: Chamomile can help to treat an active acne breakout, reducing bacteria and cleansing the skin, whilst also preventing future breakouts. Its antibacterial properties make it a particularly important natural ingredient in acne-fighting skincare products. Those with acne always want to be careful when choosing skincare products and a calming toner is a good safe choice.
2. Treats Eczema, Psoriasis and Rosacea: The flavonoids in chamomile can get deep into the skin to work as a topical anti-inflammatory. Indeed, it’s so powerful that studies have shown it to be about 60% as effective as 0.25% hydrocortisone cream.
3. Soothes Sunburn and Scalds: Chamomile is extremely soothing and synonymous with soothing skin. It can effectively calm the soreness caused by sunburn and mild scalds without using any artificial ingredients.
4. Treats Wounds: The mild antiseptic qualities of chamomile, combined with its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, make it ideal for treating facial wounds. If you’ve got open scratches or sores from outbreaks, then a chamomile toner will help to ensure infection doesn’t take root. In fact, chamomile has been shown to result in complete wound healing more speedily than corticosteroids.
5. Treats Other Skin Irritations: Chamomile has long been used for treating a wide range of skin concerns such as nappy rash and chicken pox irritation. Its use for wound healing goes back as far as the Ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians. But it’s more than these ‘medicinal’ skin benefits. Chamomile’s benefits for skin extend to straightforward beauty benefits too.
6. Helps Reduce Dark Circles Under Eyes: Not only will the sleep benefits of chamomile help to prevent dark circles betraying that you burned the midnight oil, chamomile in your skincare routine will help to lighten this under eye area whilst also reducing the tell-tale puffiness.
7. Fights Against Free Radicals: The polyphenols in chamomile help to tackle free radicals, helping to arm our skin against environmental damage, such as from pollution. It’s free radicals that speed up the ageing process. Using chamomile on the skin brings along powerful antioxidants which help the skin to regenerate, tighten pores and slow down ageing effects in the skin.
8. Anti-Cancer Activity: While this is a lot of technical jargon, it is written by Sanjay Gupta and other doctors who completed a study of chamomile for skin care. This may be one of the most important benefits of including chamomile in your skin care. Most evaluations of tumor growth inhibition by chamomile involve studies with apigenin which is one of the bioactive constituents of chamomile. Studies on preclinical models of skin, prostate, breast and ovarian cancer have shown promising growth inhibitory effects (39–43). In a recently conducted study, chamomile extracts were shown to cause minimal growth inhibitory effects on normal cells, but showed significant reductions in cell viability in various human cancer cell lines. Chamomile exposure induced apoptosis in cancer cells but not in normal cells at similar doses (18). The efficacy of the novel agent TBS-101, a mixture of seven standardized botanical extracts including chamomile has been recently tested. The results confirm it to have a good safety profile with significant anticancer activities against androgen-refractory human prostrate cancer PC-3 cells, both in vitro and in vivo situation (44). Basically the study is saying that chamomile can inhibit the growth of cancerous cells.
Almost all of our products contain chamomile - and with good reason! We love chamomile. Here is one of our top sellers that contains chamomile and all of it’s benefits for your skin:
Glycolic Acid Exfoliating Cleanser with Apple AHA's and Fruit Extracts
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