5 Beauty Benefits Of Chamomile!
Chamomile is most commonly associated with tea, right? A cup of chamomile tea before bed is just the medicine you need if you want to relax, unwind and fall into a blissful, deep sleep! As amazing as that sounds, did you know that there are countless other amazing benefits chamomile can give you?
This herb has been used for centuries as a medicine, due to its natural antioxidant properties. The oil extracted from this flower can help support your body’s hormone levels and can even help encourage cell regeneration to keep us looking youthful and radiant – not including the wonders it can do to any blemish on your skin…
What Is Chamomile?
Native to Western Europe and Northern Africa, the chamomile plant is now grown all over the world. This versatile plant can withstand different climates and environmental factors, helping it become one of the most popular plants for us humans to reap the benefits from. This incredible flower has been used by many ancient civilizations, including the Greeks and the Egyptians.
In ancient Egypt, wealthy women would take the plant, crush the petals and steam together and apply it to their skin in order to preserve their beauty and youth. The Greeks, on the other hand, used the benefits of the plant to help them fight disease, support digestion and reduce pain. The flower rapidly spread through Europe, eventually brought to North America during the early settlements.
It is incredible how much this plant can help us humans, used for a large spectrum of health conditions; anxiety and depression to hemorrhoids and arthritis. Take a look at some of the way’s chamomile can rid your beauty hang-ups – and improve your health along the way!
1. Sensitive Skin
A study published in Molecular Medicine  looked into the main compound found in chamomile – apigenin. Apigenin has been shown to improve the epidermis layer of skin, working as a barrier to fight toxins and irritants.
Plus, according to the study chamomile contains other compounds (alpha-bisabolol, alpha-bisabolol oxides A & B and matricin) which are a class of substances found in plants. They can penetrate deep into the skin and inhibit the chemical which is responsible for inflammation. Because of this, it’s often used to fight inflammation caused by chickenpox, diaper rash, etc.
2. Scalp & Hair
Now, let’s talk about dandruff. Did you know that 50 million American’s are affected by dandruff ? That is a lot of us walking around worrying if the flakes of skin from or scalp have fallen onto our clothes or (for us darker haired people) are screaming, loud and proud in our hairline. Chamomile can help reduce the unsightly nature of dandruff and give your scalp and new lease of life. This is possible due to the natural properties that will soothe and reduce any skin irritations, supporting your scalp health.
TIP: Pop a few drops of chamomile oil onto the roots of your hair and massage in. This will help stimulate the blood vessels in your scalp, supporting hair health whilst improving the condition of your skin. Before you know it, you'll be waving dandruff goodbye!
3. Skin Damage
Our skin can suffer from all sorts of problems; acne, rosacea, and sacring. The anti-inflammatory properties can help ease problematic areas of skin, like acne or rosacea. A study published by the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology  found that products containing chamomile helped reduce the redness that comes with rosacea. Along with green tea, and lavender, these natural substances can block the inflammatory chemicals in the body, helping to reduce blemishes on the surface of your skin.
Because chamomiles essential oil contains compounds with antimicrobial effects, they can kill certain germs which live on the skin. And as we know, germs and dirt lead to blocked pores, causing breakouts and an overpopulation of a bacteria which causes acne.
4. Antioxidant, Antibacterial & Antifungal
Just as it helps reduce any skin damage or medical conditions, chamomile is also a powerful skin healer; able to keep infection at bay and reduce inflammation. It is perfect for sensitive and irritated skin (above) anywhere on the body.
Here at Organica, we know the extraordinary benefits of chamomile, which is why it is one of the key ingredients in our Heel Defend, an intensely moisturizing heel cream to relieve patches of dry, hard skin, soothing the pain of cracked heels. And, the cream isn’t limited to only helping your problematic areas on the soles of your feet, you can apply it to all areas of your body that you’re struggling with.
None of us want to start looking old – let’s face it. Aging wouldn’t be half as bad if we were able to keep our youthful, vibrant skin. But, unfortunately, as we age, we also gain a few fine lines and wrinkles along the way. Even though aging is inevitable, the effects don’t have to be as certain. Chamomile is packed with antioxidants (said above), ready to protect your skin from an attack of free-radicals.
The essential oils from the plant will penetrate deep into the layers of your skin, preserving the youthful appearance and will also help reduce the look of any dark spots. This amazing plant has the properties to accelerate tissue and cell regeneration, leaving you with smaller pores and looking a few years younger than you are.
Final ThoughtsSo, chamomile isn't just amazing in tea, it is a great ingredient to spice up your skincare routine. Whether your issue is inflamed skin or not, chamomile can only benefit you, and in more ways than one. Full of incredibly soothing and powerful properties, this natural wonder can protect your skin from the day to day nasties, keeping you irritation free!
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