Chamomile: Natural Skincare

Commonly brewed as tea for anxiety and muscle tension, chamomile’s natural healing properties can also do wonders to soothe your outer self.

Apply externally as a wash, cleanser or compress for skin inflammations, sunburns, burns, and added to the bath to soften and heal skin.

Creams and astringent toners containing chamomile will calm irritating redness and itching and deeply cleanse skin pores. Its antiseptic qualities destroy bacteria and the plant’s ingredient anodyne which is similar to an analgesic, relieves pain. The herb’s vasoconstrictive abilities aid the narrowing and healing of unsightly facial capillaries.

Condition your complexion with chamomile face cleansers and toners which not only deep clean, soften, and balance skin but also prevent inflammation and skin irritation from cosmetics. Chamomile is actually a common ingredient in many make-up removers, wrinkle and fine line creams, and after-sun care lotions. It is also used in some cosmetics as an anti allergenic ingredient.

Excess production of oil in the sebaceous glands of the skin and scalp cause embarrassing and disfiguring conditions such as dandruff, acne and blocked pores. Try adding chamomile oil to your existing shampoo to balance an oily scalp. Chamomile is added to many shampoos to strengthen and revitalize hair and minimize damage caused by pollution, hair products and internal ailments.

To condition the complexion and balance moisture in the skin, use a chamomile astringent and other products to provide intensive cleaning and open pores and help treat existing acne and blackheads. Fresh flowers heads can be added to a cool bath to relieve sunburn and itchy skin.

Studies have shown that a topical applications of chamomile ointment is effective in treating eczema. Homeopathic ointements containing chamomile also treat bed sore ulcers in elderly patients and reduce swelling and heat associated with dermitis of the skin.

Although chamomile is usually non-irritating, small amounts of pollen residue in Chamomile teas may cause dermatitis or other allergic symptoms in people sensitive to ragweed, aster and members of the daisy family. Pregnant and nursing women should consult a doctor before using herbal preparations.

Recipe: Chamomile Cleansing Milk – Balance oily to normal skin and heal acne.

Place 1 cup of warm milk in a bowl. Warm milk by placing a bowl over a saucepan of hot water, but do not boil.

Add 3 to 6 tablespoons fresh or dried chamomile flowers. Infuse until the milk smells strongly of chamomile. Strain into a glass jar.

This soothing antiseptic cleanser and toner will keep refrigerated for 2 to 4 days. Apply with a cotton pad and keep on for 2 to 5 minutes for best results.