THE CHAMOMILE EFFECT
So, you had a good night’s sleep after many countless sleepless nights. Indeed, you wouldn’t even have heard a plane crash outside your window. Now, you’re wondering what did the trick! If you drank some chamomile tea before bedtime, then stop wondering – there’s your answer!
Matricaria chamomilla is the scientific name for chamomile. Daisy-like white and yellow coloured flowers are the outstanding features of this plant. For more than a millennium, ancient civilisations like the Egyptians and Romans used it for many purposes. For instance, the Egyptians drank its tea to relieve colds while the Romans drank it as a beverage and used it as incense. In addition, it was used as a sleep potion and to heal many ailments (menstrual cramps and haemorrhoids). Wow, talk about versatility! Nonetheless, it has more powers over other parts of our body and that includes our skin! In fact, on average, many of the skincare products we pick off the shelf will have chamomile among their top three ingredients. Besides, those products sitting on your dresser which have a healing, calming or soothing effect on your skin may contain extracts of this potent plant.
Generally, chamomile affects the appearance and overall health of the skin. So, what are these effects? Let’s dive right in.
Chamomile can clear up acne and facial discolourations. Indeed, it was used for this purpose thousands of years ago. For instance, according to historians, Egyptian women made poultices from chamomile and used them to reduce dark circles under their eyes. Truly, the plant is able to clear up skin because of its antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Moreover, it can be used to naturally bleach the skin without all the harmful side effects. So, if your beauty goal is to achieve that desired even complexion, then you can’t go wrong with chamomile.
Are you on a quest to find the fountain of youth? Then, you’ve found it! As it appears, chamomile contains two powerful substances which are known for slowing down the ageing process. Chamomile contains phytochemicals and polyphenols. These antioxidants are noted for accelerating the regeneration of skin cells and in the process tighten skin pores and help reduce wrinkles, fine lines, etc. Indeed, they slow down oxidation by fighting off free radicals which are produced by this same process which is responsible for damaging skin cells and premature ageing.
Chamomile improves the attractiveness of the skin. Actually, this gives you that radiant look or inner glow that turns heads. Consequently, this can be a great confidence booster considering the effects of the condition of our skin on us psychologically,
Relief for the Skin
Are you feeling itchy? Then grab some cream with chamomile extracts and you’re on your way to some sweet relief! Thanks to this versatile plant and its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, one can ease up the extremely uncomfortable symptoms of dry skin conditions. For example, conditions like psoriasis, rosacea and eczema which cause itching and inflammation.
Chamomile helps wounds heal faster through a process called epithelisation which is responsible for closing up wounds. In fact, research conducted showed a significant improvement in wound healing among a group of rats which were fed with extracts from chamomile. Indeed, thousands of years before modern science, the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans had discovered the use of this plant or herb for healing wounds.
Chamomile Helps You To Sleep
If there is anything that can take its toll on your skin – its stress! In a time-starved and technology-driven world, stress is inescapable. Truly, stress has a lot of damaging effects on our skin. But thankfully, mother nature has provided us with a natural sedative – chamomile, which eases up stress by promoting deep, restful sleep.