Chamomile is a star ingredient when it comes to herbal remedies and if you’d told us you’d never heard of it, well we’d be hard-pressed, to say the least.
For starters, chamomile gives the following benefits:
- Relaxes the body
- Helps with menstrual cramps, and even
- Aids digestion!
However, it has several more benefits for your skin! Let’s get into its benefits!
Chamomile Skin Care Benefits
Chamomile has popped up over the years as the main ingredient in a number of skincare products. More than just being part of the daisy family, it’s a great beauty ingredient.
Chamomile is FULL of anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-fungal, and antibacterial properties, making it perfect for sensitive skin types – talk about a miracle-working drug!
It’s been touted by experts to soothe skin, clear up acne, remedy skin conditions, heal burns and scrapes, lighten skin, and even slow the ageing process.
That said, if you aren’t already using chamomile in your skincare routine, here are the skin benefits of chamomile in detail to show you what you’re missing!
1. Skin Soothers
With all of its different anti-inflammatory properties, chamomile is a choice ingredient to help with skin irritations of all kinds.
Allow us to elaborate!
Flake-Free, Itch-Free Skin
Are you suffering from itchy skin irritations? Is a skin condition like atopic eczema keeping you from enjoying your day?
Chamomile addresses the symptoms of common skin disorders like eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea.
Most of these skin disorders are caused by irritation and inflammation due to environmental factors and can be worsened by bacteria.
If you recall, we also said chamomile is antibacterial and if you can guess what that means?
We’ll give you a minute…
Ding! Ding! Ding! Yup, chamomile will sort out that bacterial problem for you too!
People with these skin diseases said that creams with Roman chamomile extract relieved their skin A LOT.
In fact, chamomile essential oil and chamomile creams were found to be almost as effective as hydrocortisone cream when treating eczema!
But of course, make sure you don’t use it as a substitute for hydrocortisone cream if that’s something that you really need.
Note: Chamomile is a good ingredient for bacterial prevention but is not a total substitute for antibiotics most especially for severe bacterial infections.
Chamomile flowers are wound-healing plants. Let’s reiterate WOUND HEALING. If you aren’t convinced yet this is some kind of magic flower, well, what else should we say?
A study made on how chamomile can treat wounds showed that chamomile products, like chamomile oil or creams, sped up complete wound healing in the skin.
It helps the skin repair itself faster and dries up wounds quicker than if left on its own.
If you find that you sunbathed a little too long or maybe spilled some hot water on yourself, layer on some chamomile essential oils to soothe your skin.
We know, we keep harping on about how chamomile is anti-inflammatory – BUT IT’S A BIG DEAL OK?
Not only that but, in this case, chamomile’s calming properties come in handy because they soothe the burn AND promote healing.
Chamomile can actually reduce skin damage caused by UV exposure. Damaged skin gone untreated can cause all kinds of skin irritation.
So, brew yourself a cup of chamomile tea and:
- Drink it and calm your nervous system. Burns are stressful, be kind to yourself.
- Make a cold compress out of chamomile tea bags. Place it on your sunburn and allow it to soothe the skin.
Leave the cold compress on while you sip your tea and just let yourself relax, knowing you’re taking good care of your skin and your health!
2. Putting the "Tea" in Beauty
We’ve been going on about all the anti-inflammatory effects and calming properties of chamomile that help not only with scrapes, scratches, and wounds but with actual medical skin illnesses too.
BUT more than the health benefits chamomile gives you, there’s also a reason you find it so often in skincare products.
All of these effects make it great for smoothing out skin and giving you a bright, healthy glow! Hello, skin health!
One of the greatest chamomile benefits is its ability to slow down the visible signs of ageing!
It has MAJOR antioxidant properties protecting the skin from pesky free radicals in the environment that speed up aging.
Chamomile is also known to have organic compounds called polyphenols and phytochemicals that naturally fight free radicals too – which your cells are gonna love!
How it looks on the inside: Polyphenols and phytochemicals of chamomile tell your cells to keep regenerating, which in turn, reduces the fine lines, wrinkles, and scars! Bye, bye, free radicals!
We recommend using a gentle chamomile toner. Chamomile toner is also usually suggested for those with delicate skin.
Best Things are Left "UnRed"
We’re talking about redness, not the cute, “it’s nippy out” kind of flush, we mean full-on firetruck red inflamed skin.
Redness in the skin often means underlying inflammation. Don’t worry because, as we said, chamomile is a weapon against skin inflammation and can naturally calm irritation.
Chamomile benefits those with sensitive or allergy-prone skin. Its anti-inflammatory properties calm down bouts of redness or irritation leaving you with an even skin tone.
We get it. Sometimes you just can’t get to sleep. Even after having a nice hot cup of chamomile, you find yourself awake at 3 am wondering, how did I get here?
Next morning, PANDA EYES. You slap on heaps of concealer otherwise people ask if you’re tired, all day. Worst.
Hang on, didn’t we mention that chamomile has natural skin-lightening properties? That’s why it’s usually found in eye cream products.
That’s right! Before you go throwing out that teabag from last night, pop it in the refrigerator for a few minutes before putting it on your eye area.
Not only will it brighten up your dark circles but because it’s also anti-inflammatory, it’ll reduce any of the puffiness that keeps you from looking awake and ready for your day.
With all these chamomile benefits, why not make it part of your daily morning skincare routine for your eye area?
At this point, it’s just like, wow what else can chamomile do? And we’re like, we know right?
But if you still aren’t about to run to your tea cabinet and try out the chamomile benefits for yourself, maybe this will do it.
Since it naturally soothes skin inflammation and is anti-bacterial, chamomile is actually great for remedying acne. It calms the skin and keeps any acne-causing bacteria and free radicals at bay.
Because it’s a natural skin bleach, it’ll not only help clear up and heal acne but also promote skin lightening for any dark spots and acne scars left behind by the pimples. It works like a chemical peel for hyperpigmentation at home.
Again, this is why so many skincare products use the flower because of their skin benefits, which have been tried, tested, and proven!
You’re looking at clearer, less dull skin just by adding chamomile extract into your skin care routine.
What is Chamomile? Let's Meet This Star Plant!
Chamomile, for all its amazing properties, seems to just fly under the radar. It feels like the less popular sister of Jasmine and the even less loved cousin to Matcha.
But Chamomile benefits so many things!
So, What is It Anyway?
Before our grandparents even sat down around a pot of chamomile brewing, it’s been said that the ancestors of human civilization did the very same thing too.
Chamomile naturally grows across a wide number of continents from North America all the way to Australia, although some of the most common types of the plant are from Europe!
Roman chamomile and German chamomile are some of the most often used kinds today.
It’s been known and well used not for its flavor perse but for its natural medicinal and beauty benefits.
This natural herbal medicine that calms the nerves and relaxes the body, Roman chamomile was likely used in the same way prescription drugs are now.
Even today it’s still being used as a natural remedy against anxiety, stress, and insomnia. It’s good for your nervous system in general.
And even then it’s been used not only for wound and skin ailment treatment. More recently though, scientists have found how to put chamomile benefits into other products.
Chamomile extracts find their way into chamomile essential oil and these essential oils make their way into our daily use products.
Chamomile products are mildly astringent but still safe for sensitive skin.
If we haven’t said enough already, the uses and benefits of chamomile are so versatile for the skin and for your overall health because it has active ingredients like terpenoids and flavonoids.
Beyond the benefits for skin we mentioned earlier, chamomile also boosts your immune system, fighting against common cold symptoms like runny nose and sore throat.
And that’s not all! It also…
- Acts as a natural pain reliever. If you’ve got muscle spasms, rheumatic pain, menstrual disorders, a quick cup of this can easily do the trick.
- We’ve also got good news for those of you with gastrointestinal disorders – it’s a digestive relaxant! Not only relaxing the mind and muscles but also taking care of tummy troubles!
If you aren’t tired yet of hearing about how great the benefits of this plant are, allow us to tell you how it can also benefit kids!
All of its properties make it so the ingredient works against diaper rash and even chicken pox. Say goodbye to itchy and hello to bouncy supple skin!
Plus side not only is it going to help with the itch but it also lightens the pock marks!
But maybe there are so many benefits, you don’t know where to start or how to use chamomile. It’s pretty simple and straightforward:
- Chamomile tea and essential oil work effectively on the skin. If you often use body lotion, drop some essential oil in there for added benefits.
- Or if you use coconut oil or jojoba oil as a step in your skin care routine, adding a couple of drops of essential oil or extract will immediately give you the benefits of chamomile with little effort.
Chamomile is your all-rounder plant, the go-to for natural remedies to fight against stress and pains but also to take care of your skin, leaving it in tip-top shape!
It’s also one of the best-smelling essential oils that we recommend for calming nerves and feelings of anxiety. It’s perfect for bedtime!
It’s no wonder chamomile is coming up in so many beauty products right now, what with its versatility and proven effectiveness.
Our personal favorite way to apply it is to mix the oil and cooled tea into a spray bottle. We can then spritz it on anytime we want!
September 6, 2021 – Updated article formatting and content
July 19, 2021 – Reviewed and updated article links