FEATURES AND BENEFITS OF ORGANIC CHAMOMILE
Chamomile is a herb that comes from the daisy-like flowers of the Asteraceae plant family. It has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for various health conditions.
The Chamomile plant is native to many countries throughout Europe, and is cultivated in Germany, Egypt, France, Spain, Italy, Morocco, and parts of Eastern Europe.
Various Chamomile plants are very distinct and require their own set of conditions to grow. For example, Roman chamomile is a perennial plant and grows close to the ground and produces small, blossoming flowers. Roman Chamomile tends to be bitter when used in teas whereas German chamomile, on the other hand, is a sweeter variety and can grow large blossoms up to three feet in height.
To make chamomile tea, the flowers are dried and then infused into hot water. Many people enjoy chamomile tea as a caffeine-free alternative to black or green tea and for its earthy, somewhat sweet taste.
Furthermore, chamomile tea is loaded with antioxidants that may play a role in lowering the risk of several diseases, including heart disease and digestive conditions.
The Chamomile plant’s healing properties come from its daisy-like flowers, which contain essential oils (including bisabolol, bisabolol oxides A and B, and matricin) as well as flavonoids, in particular a compound called apinegin, and other therapeutic substances.
Chamomile has been used for centuries in teas as a mild relaxant and sleep aid, as well as a treatment for fevers, colds, stomach ailments, and as an anti-inflammatory.
Chamomile may be used topically or ingested. Extensive scientific research has confirmed many of the traditional uses for the plant and established pharmacological mechanisms for the plant’s therapeutic activity, including antiseptic, antispasmodic, antipyretic, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-allergenic activity.
Recent and on-going research has identified chamomile’s specific anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, muscle relaxant, antispasmodic, anti-allergenic and sedative properties, validating its long-held reputation.
Specifically, chamomile may help to:
- Relieve allergies
- Aid digestion when taken as a tea after meals
- Relieve morning sickness during pregnancy
- Speed up healing of skin ulcers, wounds, or burns
- Treat gastritis and ulcerative colitis
- Reduce inflammation
- Be used as a wash or compress for skin problems and inflammations
- Promote general relaxation and relieve stress
- Mild sedative and muscle relaxant to help treat insomnia
- Antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties help treat diverticular disease, irritable bowel problems and various gastrointestinal complaints
- Soothe skin rashes (including eczema), minor burns and sunburn. Used as a lotion or added in oil form to a cool bath, chamomile may ease the itching of eczema and other rashes and reduces skin inflammation. It may also speed healing and prevent bacterial infection
- Heal mouth sores and prevent gum disease. A chamomile mouthwash may help soothe mouth inflammations and keep gums healthy
- Reduce menstrual cramps. Chamomile’s believed ability to relax the smooth muscles of the uterus helps ease the discomfort of menstrual cramping.
CHAMOMILE ESSENTIAL OIL
Chamomile oil is an essential oil extracted from the chamomile flower. The oil serves many medicinal purposes, but one of the best-documented uses is for relaxation. The oil has a calming effect and can be used to help induce sleep, ease tension and promote a general sense of calm and wellbeing.
Aside from having mentally and emotionally calming properties, chamomile is also good at relaxing sore muscles and tight joints. It can ease menstrual cramps and back aches, as well as relax the digestive system to ease upset stomach or indigestion issues.
When applied topically to the skin, Chamomile soothes redness and irritation making it a popular skincare ingredient. It also eliminates itchiness and is good for those with allergic reactions. Sometimes chamomile is used on rashes. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it can work to reduce swelling caused by rashes or skin irritants.
Finally, the oil has antibacterial properties and can help to clean and protect wounds from infections. It is commonly used as an all-natural remedy for dental abscesses, conjunctivitis, and other infections.
CHAMOMILE FOR THE HAIR AND SCALP
Among Chamomile’s various health benefits, it is also known to have many benefits for the hair and scalp, including helping to reduce thinning and hair loss.
With its anti-inflammatory, anti-irritant, and anti-microbial properties, chamomile helps encourage healthier overall hair regrowth.
Chamomile’s calming and soothing effect can also help to sooth scalp sensitivity as well as inflammatory scalp conditions such as dandruff and psoriasis. It conditions the scalp as well as nourishes and strengthens the hair follicles, stimulating the growth of fuller, thicker, and healthier hair strands.
Other benefits for the hair and scalp include:
- Rids the Scalp of Dandruff
- Soothes an irritated or inflamed scalp
- Restores colour vibrancy and increases shine
- Nourishes hair and promotes new growth
EVERESCENTS ORGANIC SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER
Organic Chamomile extract is a key ingredient in EverEscents Organic Hair Care’s signature blend of Organic Essential Oils and Extracts and can be found in a range of EverEscents Organic Shampoo and Conditioners. Chamomile is beneficial for all hair types, and regular use of Chamomile in hair care has been shown to repair dead skin cells on the scalp, promote hair growth, prevent itching on the scalp, reduce dandruff and scalp conditions, and leaves hair smooth and shiny. These are just some of the reasons why we love Chamomile so much and are proud to include it as a core ingredient in our EverEscents products.