Ingredient Spotlight: 8 Reasons you should be using chamomile on your skin!
8 Reasons you should be incorporating chamomile into your skin care regimen.
Chamomile, you adorable little flower. Just looking at you, my nerves are calmed, my soul is soothed, my heart is full…and then I realize I’m late picking up my kids from school. Whoops!
You often hear the benefits chamomile has on your insides: boosts immunity, treats colds, reduces muscle spasms, promotes restful sleep, reduces stress, etc. But how often do you hear of chamomile for skin? Not very, I’m assuming. Let’s dive into reasons you should be incorporating CHAMOMILE into your daily skin care routine.
First, a little history lesson:
Native to Western Europe and Northern Africa
Chamomile is one of the the most ancient herbal remedies known to mankind.
Used in ancient Egypt to treat fevers, it was also used as the main ingredient when embalming deceased pharaohs.
Romans used it as a tea and in incense.
In Spain, it was used to flavor “manzanilla” a kind of sherry and was added to shampoo to add shine to hair. During the Medieval times, chamomile was used to flavor beer before hops were used.
Why you should use incorporate it into your skin care regimen.
Know as the “herbal aspirin”, because of the high level of antioxidants that are classified as, terpenoids, chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce swelling on your skin and face due to skin irritations like acne, underlying infections, or sunburn. It will also help reduce the pain associated with these things.
The flavonoids and essential oils that are in chamomile are able to reach the subcutaneous tissue within your skin to preserve it, and to treat any wounds, ulcers, eczema, burns, blisters, or any other skin irritation.
Helps reduce the appearance of dark spots, treats chickenpox, helps to fade scars, and is a great diaper rash treatment! Click here to get 50% off my baby booty balm (it has chamomile essential oil in it, to soothe baby’s red, rashy, bum)!
Protects skin from free radicals that cause aging because of its high level of antioxidants and accelerates cell regeneration.
Due to a high percentage of Bisabolol (a monocyclic sesquiterpene alcohol…thank you wikipedia) it is known to have anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties. This means that it will aid in giving your skin tone a more even appearance by eliminating age and sunspots or hyperpigmentation due to acne scars.
Anti-aging and polyphenols: Polyphenols help to protect the skin from the suns damaging UV rays and helps to reduce the risk of skin cancer.
Considering getting a tattoo or having a tattoo removed? Chamomile has been proven to significantly dry and heal a weeping wound quicker than traditional methods.
Do you have atopic eczema or psoriasis? Chamomile can help reduce the inflammation and itchiness related to both of these skin conditions because of the strong anti inflammatory properties.
Isn’t chamomile cool?! Wether you are drinking it or applying it topically in the form of an essential oil or my latest creation: Chamomile-Mint-Cucumber Hydrosol you are only going to benefit from it’s ancient healing wisdom!