Chamomile tea is a favourite before-bedtime drink as it is calming and soothing, but did you know that the daisy-like plant can also have the same effect on your skin? Itchiness, redness, irritation and allergies can all be soothed away by applying chamomile topically.
Chamomile has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and promotes cell regeneration, balances sebum production and has antioxidants which fight free radicals found in pollution. All of these properties add up to give you glowing, healthy skin! Chamomile is the perfect natural antidote to skin conditions caused by allergies or seasonal changes, making it a firm favourite in our DIY kit in Spring especially.
Chamomile is mild enough for any skin type including sensitive skin, so it is a perfect ingredient in home remedies. I usually make a strong cup of chamomile tea, let it cool and then wash my face with it (I do the same thing with green tea for a skin pick-me-up).
Here are some other easy DIY recipes for dry, irritated skin which restore moisture, calm and de-stress:
Easy DIY Chamomile Skin Toner
Steep the chamomile in hot water until it turns a yellow hue then strain and pour into a glass bottle. Add the lemon juice and green tea and mix. This toner will stay fresh, stored in your fridge, for 2-3 days. Use in the evening to relax and tone your skin before bed.
An ice cold version of this toner makes a stunning morning skin 'wake-me-up'. Simply pour the infusion into moulds and freeze. Allow the cubes to melt in a glass bowl and splash your face with the cool chamomile to tone your face in the mornings. The cold chamomile tightens pores and is wonderfully refreshing!
Chamomile Oatmeal Mask
- ¼ c strong chamomile tea - you can either use a tea bag or the dried flowers (and keep the flowers in!)
- ½ c oats
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 T honey
- 2 T sugar (optional)
Add dried jasmine flowers for extra exfoliation and skin nutrition. Plus, they have a divine scent!
Mix the oats, honey and baking soda together then add the chamomile tea gradually until a paste is formed. Lastly, if using, add the sugar and petals. The mixture will be chunky. Apply to your face while in the shower and leave on for 5 minutes before washing off.
Men’s Soothing Aftershave Balm
- 5g each of avocado oil, shea butter and cocoa butter
- 10g sweet almond oil
- 15g emulsifying wax (or your own beeswax and borax natural alternative emulsifier mix)
- 230 g water (boiled and cooled)
- 3 drops Roman chamomile essential oil
- 1 drop cypress essential oil
- 1 drop sandalwood essential oil
- 20 drops rosehip oil
Gently heat and melt the avocado, shea butter, cocoa butter, almond oil and wax in a bowl over hot water. Pour the water into the oil mixture in a constant stream while using a hand blender to blend the emulsion until a whipped cream consistency forms. Stir the essential oils in and store in a glass jar or container. We think he'll love it!
Calming Body Oil
Chamomile also has a long tradition of being used to help ease anxiety, tension and fear. Its small, daisy-like white flowers are used in herbal medicine to cure insomnia and its very soothing aroma is said to give patience and help allay worries. As an essential oil its analgesic properties are useful in easing pain in sore muscles and joints; and also for the treatment of head-aches, toothache and neuralgia.
Add 25 drops of chamomile essential oil (your preferred variety) in a glass bottle. To this add 50ml of your chosen carrier oil (choose from almond oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil or wheatgerm oil). Alternatively you could use 40 ml of your carrier oil plus 10 ml of evening primrose oil or vitamin E oil, as these add extra skin nutrition and prolong shelf life. Always add the essential oil first and then the carrier oil, as it gives time for the essential oil to infuse into the carrier oil.
Vary your essential oils by trying grapefruit, patchouli, or palmarosa in addition to the chamomile essential oil. Just remember to keep your ratio the same (25 drops essential oil to 50 ml carrier oil).
With its unique floral scent and healing therapeutic properties, we know you're going to be as crazy for chamomile as we are. Plus, this week there are savings to be had on some of our favourite chamomile products! Shop here