Ingredients

5 Skin Healing Benefits of Chamomile

We have been preaching the gospel of clean beauty for over 25 years.

Chamomile is one such holy grail ingredient with a natural affinity to the skin.

Let’s face it – Mum always knows best, or so the saying goes.

Mum gets the incredible healing powers of Chamomile.

Especially when treating skin infections and chickenpox.

So if you want to know what mum knows, learn more about Chamomile’s under-the-radar benefits.

Please join us as we look at how it solves one of the skin’s most significant issues: sensitivity.

Beautifying Benefits of Chamomile

The Chamomile Family

This family of exotic oils includes three chamomiles: German, Roman, and Moroccan.

The chamomile plant belongs to the daisy family, and the oil is extracted from flowers by steam distillation.

Roman Chamomile yields up to 1.7% from fresh flowers, and German Chamomile yields about 0.5%.

Roughly around 500 tonnes of chamomile flowers are harvested annually – wow, that is a lot of flowers!

Like every family, there is always going to be a black sheep. In this case, it is Moroccan Chamomile, its oil is obtained from the flower of ormenis multicaulis, and its chemical profile is quite different from the other chamomiles. It has no use in skincare or aromatherapy.

You can check out the excellent skin-loving benefits of German Chamomile here.

Roman Chamomile

Roman Chamomile is steam-distilled from the anthemis nobilis plant. The flowers have an apple-like scent, often called Kamia melon, which means “ground apple”.

Roman Chamomile is unique because of its high ester count, which sits at around 80%.

Very few essential oils have such a high percentage of esters.

The unique thing about these esters is that they are adaptogenic, meaning they respond to how the body feels.

For instance, if the body is warm or cold or needs uplifting or sedating, esters help bring the body back into balance, promoting peace and harmony within the body. It also offers emotional stability and induces a gentleness of spirit during stressful times.

Whilst this oil may not be as effective on skin conditions as its more famous German cousin; it is the unique characteristic of Roman Chamomile that we love to harness in our formula because of its affinity with the skin.

Chamomile’s Benefits in Skincare

So, what’s the big deal about Chamomile?

Well, quite a lot.

Let’s take a look at its benefits on the skin in more detail:

  1. It’s an excellent anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant; it takes the fire out of the itch and helps to prevent redness and stinging
  2. α-bisabolol penetrate your skin to boost granular tissue production, improving your skin’s texture and elasticity
  3. it helps to reverse some of the damage done through UV exposure
  4. it is also thought to be hydrating, helping reduce transepidermal water loss (TEWL) for up to 48 hours
  5. It’s anti-phlogistic – meaning it is an excellent wound healer helping to repair scars.

The other major property of Chamomile is apigenin, which has potent anti-inflammatory properties.

The skin absorbs apigenin well to inhibit adhesion between skin cells, leading to exfoliation of the upper and lower layers of the stratum corneum. Here is an interesting study on apigenin and inflammation.

This is why we harness the gorgeous anti-inflammatory properties of chamomile azulene in the Ceramide Barrier Repair Balm; its serum-to-balm-like texture infuses effortlessly into the skin, replenishing the missing ingredients in areas where your skin requires it the most.