Chamomilla Recutita, often spelled as chamomile, is also known as Matricaria recutita or German chamomile and Chamaemelum nobile or Roman chamomile. These are different species of chamomile. The term chamomile refers to various types of plants that look like daisy. Although chamomile flower extract may seem to be one of the newly discovered wonders used widely in natural skin care products, in reality it has been used for centuries. The flower extract is mostly known for its anti inflammatory properties.
Chamomile tea is a popular beverage, known for its soothing ability. The flower extract is used for its medicinal properties as well. The herbal extract contains a-Bisabolol which is the principal component benefiting skin and hair. Chamomile flower extract can soothe the skin, nourish hair and has a calming effect. It is a natural and safe ingredient. Clinical trials are underway but there is enough evidence of the extract being used in ancient Greece, Egypt and Rome. During the Middle Ages, chamomile flower extract was used to cure nausea, fever, skin diseases and to provide relief from asthma, nervousness and inflammations.
Chamomile is the European equivalent of ginseng which is very popular in China. The flowering plant is native to Europe, mostly Germany, Italy, France, Spain and Morocco but is also found in Egypt and some Eastern European countries. There is some difference among the species of chamomile or Chamomile recutita. Roman chamomile is perennial and its extract is somewhat bitter. German chamomile is annual and its extract is sweeter in comparison.
Chamomile flower extract is used in organic skin care products for many reasons. It has a therapeutic effect. It has antipeptic, antipyretic, antispasmodic, antibacterial, anti-allergenic and antifungal properties. Chamomile extract is used as an ingredient in natural skin care products and shampoos, conditioners as well as hair gels. It is consumed as tea, vapor and salve. Chamomile has been known to relieve stress, aid in digestion, cure gastritis, reduce inflammation, improve bowel movement and regenerate skin tissues.
The extract can provide relief from skin rashes, sunburn, minor burns and eczema. Chamomile bath can help get rid of bacteria and other microbes from skin, hair and scalp. Eye inflammations and infections can be treated with the extract. Chamomile oil, which is also an extract from the flower, can also be used for the same benefits but when applied topically. Very few natural remedies have as many benefits as the extract of chamomile flower.
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