Answer: The past few months have been troubling, but in the past six years and almost 800 posts , there have been only two posts about real health problems with skin and hair care treatments. That being said, camomile is an amazing plant with a wide range of benefits. It is actually one of the top five natural herbal remedies. A daisy like plant, it has been shown to offer both internal and external benefits that include relief from ulcers, muscle spasm, colic, anxiety and eczema.
There are actually to types of camomile– German, is a wild species that is used medically and Roman which is usually ornamental. Camomile looks like a little daisy, but is overflowing with beneficial ingredients. These include flavinoids that are powerful antioxients, anti-cancer agents and bisabolol which has wonderful anti-inflammatory properties. In a cup of hot camomile tea, bisabolol soothes an upset stomach, while on the skin it reduces swelling and irritation. Studies have shown that bisabolol is effective against skin allergies, gout, and neuralgia. But wait there’s more. Camomile has also shown to be anti-viral, anti-bacterial and is a wonderful natural moisturizer.
Your can find dried camomile flowers for tea, camomile oil and alcohol based camomile extracts. It is often used in creams, lotions,cleansers, and serums. I have sensitive skin and camomile is one of my favorite beauty plants. Commercial camomile products that I enjoy include Aveeno Body Wash with Camomile, Mario Bedescu Chamomile Cleaning Lotion and Clarins Alcohol-Free Lotion Tonique.
DIY Camomile Beauty Products
This mighty flower can also be the base for some of the easiest and most successful homemade skin and hair care recipes. One of my favorites is a combo of green tea and camomile. The green tea delivers anti-oxidants and the camomile is soothing and refreshing.
Camomile Toner for all Skin Types
Ingredients: camomile tea bag, greeen tea bag, 1 teaspoon glycerin
Method: Steep both tea bags in a cup of freshly boiled water for 10 minutes. Add one teaspoon of glycerin and transfer to a clean bottle, cover tightly and store in refrigerator. At night and in the morning use a cotton ball to dab on the soothing, refreshing toner. It does not have any preservatives so need to keep refrigerated and use up withing two weeks.
Just a Word of Caution
Camomile is remarkable flower– as long as you d not have hay fever or are allergic to rag weed. In sensitive people it can cause irritation, swelling and stomach pains. If you are new to camomile, go slowly, especially is you tend to get spring allergies. Camomile has aso not been approved during pregnancy and breast feeding. If you are expectng, nursing or working on adding to your family, avoid all forms of camomile just to be safe.