Ingredient Spotlight: Chamomile Extract

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Chamomile, one of Ayurveda's oldest medical herbs! This traditional herb is native to western Europe, India, and western Asia. Due to sunny, well-drained areas, and low cultivation in the United States, they were able to grow freely in pastures, cornfields, and roadsides. As an herb, for thousands of years, chamomile has been used to promote sleep, relieve stress, and even some stomach ailments. 

It's safe to say that Chamomile is a staple in our household for both its internal and external uses. External use? Yep, you read that right! This amazing beauty has topical benefits for the skin. 

The three compounds that give chamomile its skin and health benefits are: 

  • chamazulene - "a versatile and gentle herb, effective as an antiviral and anti-infective."
  • matricin - "The essential oil fraction is particularly responsible for the anti-infective properties, whereas several of the flavonoids have shown significant anti-inflammatory activity."
  • bisabolol - "Acts as an anti-irritant, protecting the skin from everyday damage. Stimulates and promotes the skin's healing process."
It may come as a surprised but chamomile comes from the daisy-like plants of the Asteraceae family. There are actually two types that are wildly popular for their medicinal uses. 

“A study in human volunteers demonstrated that chamomile flavonoids and essential oils penetrate below the skin surface into the deeper skin layers (37). This is important for their use as topical antiphlogistic (anti-inflammatory) agents.”

The Manzana type of chamomile is rich in active ingredients, and some studies even show that the German chamomile doesn't effect those with plant/pollen allergens. Lovely for all skin types, but our beauties with sensitive skin are absolutely going to love the benefits of this ingredient! 

You can find chamomile extract in all of our luscious body soufflés along with ginseng extract, mallow extract, and calendula extract. 

 

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*As the nature of chamomile extract can penetrate the skin, if you have any questions or concerns, always consult your doctor to avoid any potential adverse reactions.  

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