The therapeutic effects of Blue Chamomile have been tried and tested for thousands year, dating back from ancient Egypt era to 21st century modern living.
Traditionally used to treat various painful conditions such as knee osteoarthritis, ulcerative colitis, premenstrual syndrome, and gastrointestinal disorders; Blue Chamomile has also been proven effective in calming irritated skin.
Why Blue Chamomile is Good for Sensitive Skin?
Blue Chamomile has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, bactericidal and relaxant activities.
A study that compares the antioxidant properties of Blue Chamomile, Marigold (Calendula) and Feverfew, showed that Blue Chamomile has the highest antioxidant activities.
The therapeutic effects of Blue Chamomile essential oil are likely due to the Bisabolol, Chamazulene and Flavonoids contents.
Bisabolol (Alpha Bisabolol) is a phytochemical with subtle sweet aroma that possesses anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties.
Chamazulene is a deep blue colour, aromatic phytochemical with excellent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Apigenin found in Blue Chamomile is a type of flavonoids with antioxidant activities.
The Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Properties of Blue Chamomile
The anti-inflammatory activities of Blue Camomile are beneficial in the treatment of inflammation induced irritation including those of sensitive skin. Blue Chamomile assists with skin healing process.
The antioxidant properties of Blue Chamomile are particularly useful in preventing skin damage due to oxidative stress. Antioxidants found in plants are more superior than isolated antioxidants found in supplements.
In flowers, fruits and leaves, there are many other phytochemical compounds beside antioxidants, and all together work in harmony. They are more effective than isolated antioxidants in neutralising free radicals, molecules that cause damage and premature ageing skin.
Cosmetic Uses of Blue Chamomile Essential Oils
As a skincare formulator and researcher, I like to use Blue Chamomile essential oil in the products for sensitive or mature skin. It is one of the key ingredients in Blue Chamomile & Cacay Facial Oil. I highly recommend this facial oil for skin that needs extra care and protection against premature ageing and harsh elements. It helps lock in moisture, plump up and smooth the appearance of skin.
I usually mix few drops of Blue Chamomile & Cacay Facial Oil with Rose & Cacay Hydrating Serum Cream (in spring and autumn) or 24k Gold & Rosehip Rejuvenating Cream (in late autumn and throughout winter). It certainly helps my skin to stay supple, soft and well-hydrated throughout the day.
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Sources: A systematic review study of therapeutic effects of Matricaria recuitta chamomile (chamomile), Electronic Physician, 2016 Sep: 8(9): 3024–3031; Chamazulene, Science Direct.