Calming chamomile tea for clear, soft skin and restful sleep.

We all know that a cup of chamomile tea before bed helps us to drift off or to calm our nerves after a long day but did you know that it can also be used to treat acne and eczema or lighten your blonde hair?

Please note: Chamomile is a member of the daisy family. If you have any allergies to plants in this family you should NOT use chamomile.

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On the physical side, chamomile can be used to treat a headache, upset stomach and when added to your bath can soothe a sunburn. It is even helpful to treat indigestion and bloating. It wasn’t always used as a tea but flower heads were simply added to warm milk to soothe “hysterical women” and “boisterous children”.

Chamomile oil distilled from flower heads can be used as a natural treatment for a migraine, depression and insomnia.

Chamomile has been used for centuries. It was included in a medical text for the first time in the first century AD by the Greek physician Dioscorides in his study of herbal medicines “De Materia Medica”. It was used throughout the middle ages as a standard medical reference.

There are several varieties of chamomile including Roman chamomile and Scented Mayweed but the best known is German chamomile because its uses are the most extensively documented.

During clinical studies, chamomile has been found to have several pharmacological properties:

  • It is an anti-inflammatory – it can be used to soothe nappy rash and even sore nipples from breastfeeding.
  • It has similar results to hydrocortisone when treating certain skin conditions.
  • It soothes eczema.
  • It should be not be used by individuals with allergies to other members of the daisy family.

Chamomile For Skincare

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Pigmentation:

Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, chamomile can be used to treat acne scarring. The body produces melanin in response to inflammation in the skin. By calming the inflammation, chamomile inhibits that response and prevents dark spots due to acne.

It has been used for centuries to lighten and even out skin tone. Chamomile contains Bisabolol. This alcohol inhibits the production of melanin in the skin. It also speeds up healing which helps to fade dark spots and uneven areas over time.

You will see chamomile in many anti-ageing products because it helps to fight wrinkles and even out the appearance of liver spots and pigmentation. It has a very mild “bleaching” effect.

Anti-Pigmentation Mask:

2 drops chamomile essential oil (optional) – stronger concentration than the tea bag
1 chamomile tea bag – to reduce inflammation and reduce discolouration and wrinkles
1/2 cup hot water
2 tbsp rice flour or chickpea flour – to brighten and exfoliate
1 teaspoon honey – to moisturise and disinfect

Brew the tea in the hot water for at least 5 minutes to get a strong solution. Add the flour and honey and allow to sit until slightly cooled. Apply the mask to your skin and leave on for at least 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

Acne:

Chamomile has been used to treat wounds for centuries because of it’s healing and antimicrobial properties, which means it can kill microorganisms on the skin surface. This is great news for acne sufferers.

Chamomile can help to reduce the redness and swelling of your spots and pimples while killing the bacterial infection that caused them in the first place.

You can add chamomile essential oil or a tea bag to the water you use to rinse your face in the morning. You can also apply a chamomile tea bag to your breakout directly and hold it there for a few minutes to reduce the redness.

Chamomile Acne Mask:

2 drops chamomile essential oil (optional) – stronger concentration than the tea bag
1 chamomile tea bag
1/2 cup hot water
2 tablespoons oats or oatmeal

Tear the tea bag open and add the contents to the hot water. Allow steeping for 5 minutes then add the oats. You can also add the essential oil at this point. When the mixture is comfortably warm but not hot, apply it to your acne or whole face. You can use it to scrub the skin gently. Leave it on for at least 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Skin Irritation:

Chamomile can be safely used to treat sunburn, rashes and even eczema. Its anti-inflammatory properties help to soothe itching and burning sensations. Bisobolol moisturises and reduces the inflammation leaving the skin soft and comfortable.

Chamomile is also a gentle alternative to hydrocortisone. It can also be used on the face where hydrocortisone can not.

A cool chamomile bath will also help for insect bites!

Chamomile Bath

Run a lukewarm bath and add a few drops or chamomile oil before you get in. A simple alternative is to boil about a litre of water and add six chamomile teabags. Allow it to steep for at least 15 minutes. Add the tea and teabags to you bath and soak for 20 minutes. Don’t make the water too hot, it can irritate your skin further.

If you can get a hold of Roman Chamomile flower heads, you can steep them in a litre of water for 15 minutes and add the mixture to your bath. This is really great for eczema.

Other Uses:

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Hair lightener/brightener for blondes: Simply brew a litre of strong chamomile tea (3-4 bags) and use as a final rinse after you wash your hair. It brightens blonde tones and softens brassiness.

Dandruff treatment: Use a litre of strong chamomile tea as a rinse for your scalp to help soothe the irritation and itchiness of dandruff.

Dark circles: Brew some tea with two chamomile tea bags, then put them in the fridge until they are cold. Use them on puffy under eyes or dark circles to reduce them.

Menstrual cramps: Drinking chamomile tea not only soothes the symptoms of PMS but helps to calm menstrual cramps. Sip chamomile tea all day to relax your mind and muscles.

Gas and bloating: After a heavy meal, have a cup of chamomile tea to aid digestion. It also helps for gas and bloating. If you have peppermint leaves, add them to your chamomile tea for even better relief.

There is always chamomile in my house. My husband and I have a cup before bed most nights and I’ve used it in my bath many times. I hope you try it yourself.

Happy soothing and calming!

xx

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