Are you suffering from dry, parched skin that you can’t shake?
Or maybe your sensitivity or irritation requires a boosting dose of calm.
Then German Chamomile is the answer a healing essential that makes sensitive; dry types breathe a sigh of relief.
It’s most salient features is its antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory nature, that offers a gorgeous boost of reaction-soothing goodness.
If you pay attention to ingredient lists for sensitive skin types, you’ve probably noticed chamomile cropping up to calm, and heal, and for a good reason.
What is German Chamomile?
Matricaria is the Latin name which means for mater, or mother.
This is why this essential oil is good for us girls. It can sort out several female disorders, as the name suggests.
The fowers of the Matricaria Chamomilla plant are tiny daisy-like flowers that have bright yellow centres and white collars.
When steam distilled, they produce a deep inky, midnight blue oil and have a gorgeous warm, herbal bouquet with a fruity undertone.
The 5% chamazulene is the chemical compound that gives the oil its blue colour and soothing, anti-inflammatory elements. It is extremely gentle on your skin – and in hair, it will enhance golden tones.
Benefits of German Chamomile
So what’s the big deal about chamomile? It’s a great anti-inflammatory (an anti-phlogistic, meaning it reduces inflammation and fever), as well as being a good anti-oxidant, anti-spasmodic, and wound healer.
It is widely used in formulations that are designed to improve dry, inflamed, or irritated skin.; It is the oil you would turn to if you wanted to treat specific conditions such as eczema and dermatitis.
We have even seen claims it might ameliorate the look of UV damaged skin and reduce stinging and irritation. So does it? Let’s find out.
A potent anti-inflammatory
One of the major components of chamomile for anti-inflammatory purposes is α-bisabolol. This is referred to as a sesquiterpene and is found in essential oil, and many hydrosols contain some of the essential oil. It is a wonderful anti-irritant, even used at small amounts of around 1%. It can reduce skin irritation and can help to prevent and reduce redness and stinging.
Chamazulene or chamazulene is the flavonoid that gives chamomile its colour, and it is considered a powerful anti-inflammatory.
Studies have found that the other major component of chamomile contributing to the awesome anti-inflammatory power of chamomile is apigenin.
It can reduce transepidermal water loss (TEWL) for up to 48 hours, and the great part, it is substantive to your skin, meaning in rinse-off products like body washes it will stick around on your skin after washing.
Prevents premature ageing
Containing α-bisabolol as discussed earlier, it can penetrate within the granular tissue, helping to improve your skin’s texture and elasticity and helps with UV damage.
Chamomile contains luteolin glycoside that offers anti-inflammatory properties and anti-oxidant properties – and it is a free radical scavenger, helping to ward off ageing. Quercetin and kaempferol can also be found in chamomile, both of which have strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Regular application of this oil will help reduce the look of redness and sensitivity, giving you a visibly balanced, even-toned complexion. So let’s recap as to why is it so good for the skin?
- minimises the appearance of broken capillaries
- the leaves have potent anti-inflammatory properties, helping to calm inflamed skin conditions including; acne, rashes, stings, and burns
- it’s a lovely calming and sedative oil, inducing a feeling of relaxation
- it contains around 50% bisabolol, an active ingredient in Chamomile
- great if you have dry skin conditions
- anti-allergen, analgesic, anti-bacterial, natural anaesthetic
- the antioxidant – helps to prevent premature ageing
- it penetrates deep into the layers of your skin where its potent anti-inflammatory action, restoring and soothing irritated skin, burns, bruises, and other skin conditions.
We use this cooling, calming blue oil in miracle cleanse and ceramide repair balm to gives your skin the energy required for tissue repair, that is not available during the day because it is being used elsewhere in the body.