Introduction & background
The use of chamomile as a medicinal plant dates back to ancient Greece and Rome. The name "chamomile" comes from two Greek words meaning “ground apple” for its apple-like smell.
The ancient Egyptians considered the herb a sacred gift from the sun god, and used it to alleviate fever and sun stroke. In the sixth century, it was used to treat insomnia, back pain, neuralgia, rheumatism, skin conditions, indigestion, flatulence, headaches, and gout. In Europe it is considered a “cure all”, and in Germany it is referred to as “alles zutraut”, meaning “capable of anything.
The unique, innovative skin & acne-related benefits of chamomile
Chamomile is used on the skin for many different problems including acne, poison ivy, chicken pox, diaper rash and other kinds of rashes.
It is also used for eczema, hemorrhoids, and cuts and scrapes. The following benefits will help you understand the importance of use of chamomile on skin:
- Chamomile is considered as cooling, soothing and refreshing agent for skin.
- Acting as an emollient, it provides valuable moisture to the skin.
- Its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties give it the ability to neutralize skin irritations, making it ideal for sensitive skin suffering from pimples, papules, pustules, blackheads or whiteheads in acne.
- Quite interestingly, many skin afflictions (including acne) such as acne have a strong emotional component (emotional stress). Chamomile provides emotional calming and balance as well.