Posted by on 2/12/2021 to Let's Talk Soaping
This is Ex"tractly" What I was Looking For. Chamomile Extract in Bath & Beauty Products!
Chamomile is found in many popular health and wellness products, including one of the more popular ways to enjoy it and that is infused in teas. Chamomile is also one of the most ancient medicinal herbs. In fact about 1 million cups of this tea are consumed everyday.
Other popular products that include chamomile; post-workout drinks, supplements, and other natural remedies.
Chamomile itself is part of the Asteraceae/Compositae family, including 2 common varieties. These two are known as German & Roman Chamomile. Chamomile contains compounds such as flavonoids (which possess anti-inflammatory & antiphlogistic properties), apigenin & glucosides.
More well known benefits of chamomile in it's various preparations include; acting as an anti-inflammatory, mild sedative, treating hay fever, ulcers, wounds, types of pain & it also can take on an essential oil form which is used popularly in aromatherapy and cosmetics.
What is Chamomile Extract?
Chamomile extract comes from the chamomile plant. There are two main types of plants that the extract is derived from, German chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) and Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile).
There are some differences between Roman chamomile extract and German chamomile extract differing in the types of applications they would be used in. German chamomile extract does have a higher content of chamazulene, so it is said to have more potent effects on the body and skin.
One of the ways the oils are extracted is through a from of distillation, via steam. When concluded, chamomile oils will be a shade of dark yellow.
The long time potential soothing qualities of this oil has made it a very popular choice to many.
As a result, chamomile extract is taken from the chamomile plant and can be found in many beauty and bath products. You can also add this extract to your own DIY projects at home!
Benefits of Chamomile Extract For the Skin and Body:
Some research indicates that topical applications can help fight local atopic eczema, specifically.
Creams and such have been developed and tested using chamomile extract as an active principle. Extracts such as chamomile have been shown to have antiallergen potential.
One such study in 2000, showed it had some effectiveness after a 2-week trial against medium-degree eczema.
Another study published in 2010 investigated inhibitory effects of chamomile on inflammatory related disorders, specifically, effects on nitric oxide. The study supports the use of chamomile as an effective anti-inflammatory agent.
2. Wound Healing Properties
Chamomile has been used for centuries to aid in wound healing. More recent clinical studies have been performed to experiment with these claims.
One such study looked at chamomile extract and it's effect on wound areas after dermabrasion of tattoos. There was a noted statistical significance in the wound drying and and healing time for patients who received the chamomile, and an increase speed of epithelization.
An animal study in 2009 looked at wound healing capabilities of chamomile and corticosteroids, revealing that the animal group receiving chamomile had complete wound healing 9 days faster then any of the other groups, even those receiving corticosteroids.
3. May Help You Get a Better Night of Rest/Fight Insomnia
Chamomile has been known with certain preparations, like tea infusions and aromatherapy to help induce sleep.
Some research indicates it's specific compounds within chamomile that gives it this sedative type effect. It's even been studied for it's hypnotic effects in animal studies, and shown a significant decrease in sleep latency at certain dosages.
One compound specifically that is tied to the sedative type effect of chamomile is that of apigenin, a flavonoid, that binds to certain receptors in the brain.
Some of these attributes may also make it effective against anxiety disorders, however there is contradictory studies around this basis. In fact one such study of German Chamomile showed that it had inhibitory effects on general anxiety disorder activity.
However, a double-blind, placebo controlled trial was also conducted in 2009 on extract therapy on patients with mild to moderate GAD, and results of this study indicated the potential for chamomile to help patients with mild to moderate GAD.
4. Gastrointestinal Conditions
People with digestive issues often ingest chamomile. There have been several studies that link chamomile with helping to treat colic in children. In one such study after 7 days of treatment, parents reported elimination of colic in 57% of the infants, with no adverse effects of treatment.
Other studies have reported aid in nausea symptoms in chemotherapy patients. One such study in 2016 revealed chamomile and ginger as being effective in reducing frequency of vomiting.
Another study in 2005 offered a viewpoint of chamomile aiding in nausea in hospital or palliative care patients. However, in this particular study making a clear link between the chamomile infused aromatherapy and reduction of nausea symptoms is not clear.
5. Help Treat Diabetes
According to a study posted to Agriculture and Food Chemistry in 2008, consistent daily consumption of chamomile tea with meal intake could have a positive effect on hyperglycemia that can lead to diabetic complications.
6. Can Improve Hair Health
Chamomile is not only good for sleep and digestive issues, though. It may also have benefits for hair health in that chamomile tea can be used to promote healthier, shinier hair. Why? Mostly due to it compounds that have been linked in many studies as a potent anti-inflammatory agent, potentially helping to alleviate itchy, dry skin.
On top of a heathier head of hair, chamomile is also known to help you achieve a lighter color to your hair. Chamomile tea can be added to your showers rinsing regimen to achieve these results.