Chamomile is a daisy-like plant that comes from the Asteraceae family. We all know it as a herbal infusion that has health benefits, but did you know it also has great skincare benefits?
What Is Chamomile?
Let’s go back to the very beginning. Chamomile flowers date back to the land of the pyramids in Ancient Egypt. It was used to treat fever, sore throat, and even the common cold. Chamomile is often served as a soothing nightcap for its relaxing benefits. Chamomile is known as nature’s medicine for its healing properties. For centuries, chamomile has been used in lotions, oils, tinctures, tisanes, and teas to help treat all kinds of ailments.
There are two types of common chamomile – Roman chamomile and German chamomile. The Roman Chamomile (AKA Anthemis Nobilis) is sweet and shot with notes of fruit, whereas the German (Matricaria Chamomilla) is wilder and pungent.
Health Benefits of Chamomile Flower
Solves Skin Problems
An article by Science Direct states that chamomile has a positive effect when helping heal acne and other skin conditions. Chamomile brings calming benefits to your skin and can help your skin combat everything from acne to irritation, inflammation, eczema, eye puffiness, and so much more. Our 24K Gold Face Oil has pure organic Roman Chamomile Essential Oil.
Chamomile also works great on acne as it has high anti-inflammatory properties making it ideal in preventing breakouts, and can also help soothe skin irritations like eczema. Chamomile helps lighten your skin, meaning it can help reduce spots and diminish bags and dark circles under your eyes fade away. Our Chamomile Soap makes a great addition to your daily skincare routine.
Helps to Lose Weight
Chamomile tea has benefits that have been known to help lose weight.
While weight loss is an issue that should be discussed with your medical professional if it's so unhealthy or risky to your health, drinking chamomile tea can help to speed up your metabolism.
Chamomile helps stimulate your gastric system, which allows juices to flow faster. These juices work by breaking down food and lead to faster digestion. When your digestion speeds up, it naturally helps you lose weight.
Improves Hair Health
The rich anti-inflammatory compounds in chamomile bring a calming touch to dry and itchy scalps. People who suffer from dandruff will find that chamomile can be an excellent natural solution. Not only can chamomile boost your hair health and bring a shine when applied topically, but it can also work as a natural lightener.
The lightning properties found in chamomile bring brightness and shine to your hair by pouring cold chamomile tea onto your hair after showering and rinsing with water.
Manages Digestive Problems
Chamomile soothes your stomach by encouraging healthy digestive flow.
Its potent anti-inflammatory properties help reduce bloating and stomach acid, and the fact that chamomile is a natural healer is sure to wash all those stomach issues away. If you want to get the best out of chamomile tea when it comes to your digestive system, you should sip a cup half an hour before you sit down to eat a meal
Helps To Sleep Better
Chamomile tea is also known to ensure you enjoy higher sleep quality. It is known to help ease anxiety, and therefore you sleep better. Apigenin is the antioxidant in chamomile that binds to special receptors in your brain and reduces insomnia and other related problems.
Improve Heart Health
Flushed with flavones (antioxidants found in chamomile tea), sipping a few cups of chamomile tea a day can even help to improve your heart health. Flavones reduce blood pressure levels and lower cholesterol (both of which will dramatically improve the health of your heart), but they also work by relaxing blood vessels and arteries. Chamomile tea is also an effective stress buster meaning that it can encourage better sleep and less tension in your life. All this is good news for your heart.
Works As An Immune System Booster
With everything going on lately, a strong immune system is something that we all want more than ever. It is essential to have a strong immune system to fend off cold, flu, and virus. Chamomile is known to strengthen your immune system.
This tea’s immune-boosting properties have been studied, and as chamomile is said to raise your levels of Hippurate (a chemical that naturally boosts your immune system), you can feel at ease knowing that curling up with a cup of tea is helping to keep you strong and healthy.
Promotes Bone Density
There are known studies that link chamomile tea with strong bones. Chamomile tea has been studied for its anti-estrogen levels, and a 2004 study uncovered the potential for this tea to promote healthy bone density. High estrogen levels can be a contributing factor to osteoporosis, especially in post-menopausal women. As osteoporosis can lead to poor posture and brittle bones, sipping tea is an easy solution that could help strengthen your bone density.
Helps to Lower Blood Sugar
Another health benefit of chamomile is the ability to help put your blood sugar under control. A study completed in 2008 on animals showed that consuming chamomile tea could have helped prevent blood sugar levels from rising.
Another study from Tabriz University observed a group of people with type 2 diabetes. Half the group was given chamomile every day during meals. The rest of the group was given a placebo for eight weeks. During those eight weeks, those who consumed chamomile had significantly lower blood sugar levels than those who didn't.
Rising blood sugar can lead to long-term complications of diabetes, so this is definitely welcome news for all those who love the taste of chamomile and want to keep their levels under control.
How do you get the most out of chamomile? You can use skincare products using pure chamomile essential oil, or you can sip on a hot cup of chamomile tea to get all the health benefits.
1 cup water + more to warm teapot
1 tablespoon loose chamomile, preferably organic.
Boil water. If using an electric kettle with a temperature setting, set it to 208°F. Boil a little more water than needed so that it can be used to warm up the teapot. Filtered water is best.
Warm-up your teapot. Pour hot water into a teapot halfway and swirl it around a bit. Discard the water. Warming up the teapot is an extra step that all tea professionals take the time to do so that when the tea steeps, the water temperature won't drop drastically.
Put chamomile tea into the teapot and add hot water—cover teapot and steep for 5 minutes.
Strain chamomile flowers and pour hot tea into a teacup.
Enjoy your tea with sweetener if desired.