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Chamomile Health and Skin Benefits


Introduction to Chamomile

Chamomile, one of the most ancient medicinal herbs known to mankind, has been widely recognized for its therapeutic properties. While chamomile tea is popular for its calming effects when consumed orally, its topical application on the skin has gained significant attention in recent years. Over the years, chamomile has been employed in traditional medicine across various cultures for centuries. Its historical significance and traditional use provide a solid foundation for investigating its efficacy in modern skincare practices.


Bioactive Compounds in Chamomile 

Chamomile contains an array of bioactive compounds, including terpenoids and flavonoids, which contribute to its medicinal properties. These compounds possess anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, and wound healing properties, making chamomile a valuable ingredient in skincare formulations.

Chamomile in Maternal and Infant Skincare

Topical application of chamomile has been observed to have soothing and calming effects on the skin. Its use in skincare products has shown promise in reducing inflammation, redness, and irritation, making it suitable for individuals with sensitive or compromised skin. Additionally, chamomile has proven beneficial for mothers who are breastfeeding and experiencing cracked nipples. Additionally, its application on diaper rashes and skin irritations caused by clothing has shown positive outcomes in infants with sensitive skin.

Chamomile is commonly used to treat (NIH 2011):

  • hay fever

  • inflammation

  • muscle spasms

  • menstrual disorders

  • insomnia

  • ulcers

  • wounds

  • gastrointestinal disorders

  • rheumatic pain

  • hemorrhoids

  • diaper rash

  • cracked nipples

  • chicken pox

  • ear and eye infections

  • disorders of the eyes including blocked tear ducts

  • conjunctivitis

  • nasal inflammation

  • poison ivy


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