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Chamomile Essential Oil
and its Skin Health Benefits
Chamomile Essential Oil has a ton of benefits and it's a great oil to have in the kitchen cupboard.
As a kid I remember being given Chamomile tea whenever I needed a little extra help getting to sleep, or when I had a stomach ache. It is particularly effective for digestion when paired with
The tea is made by infusing the chamomile flower in hot water, then removing the chamomile flower before drinking.
With it's anti bacterial, anti septic, antibiotic and vermifuge (fever reducing) properties it's no wonder it helped so much!
Chamomile Essential Oil has many wonderful soothing health benefits.
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There are two variates German and Roman, German is most commonly found, they are both beneficial and have only slight differences.
Benefits of Chamomile Essential Oil
Natural anti depressant - just take a wiff of an open bottle and you'll immediately feel better. To get even more benefits from it you can add a few drops to a
carrier oil and use it as a massage oil.
The Roman Variety has been found effective in calming down over stimulated children. And when used with lemongrass is great at relaxing nerves.
It is effective at reducing inflammations.
It is helpful for eczema to reduce inflammation and give relief. It is particularly helpful alongside Evening Primrose Oil.
It helps ease bone and joint pain, including arthritis and headaches.
It contains Nervine properties - a nervine property is something that helps to condition and keep the central nervous system functioning properly and in good health.
It helps to tone skin, muscles, joints, and internal organs. It also helps to prevent gas build up in the intestines.
Applying a little along with a carrier oil can help reduce acne.
It is good at relaxing the nervous system, which reduces panic attacks and muscle tension. In old times a poultice was made of flower heads, along with poppy heads, and applied hot for the relief of toothache and neuralgia.
Drinking the tea has a calming and sedative effect so is great before bed time, particularly if you are prone to nightmares.
The essential oil is also great at reducing scarring.
The tea is great as a hair rinse for improved shine for light and blonde hair.
Tea also promotes the healing of mouth sores and gum disease.
You can use it to relieve and treat sunburn.
An eyewash made from the cooled tea can help soothe the redness of conjunctivitis and other eye irritations. Make sure you make a fresh batch each day and store it in an extremely clean (sterile) container.
So there you have it, great reasons why you should have this stocked in your cupboard!
This is worth mentioning on it's own as it can be used for so many different things from a relaxing drink to an eyewash (see Benefits above).
WHAT YOU NEED:
2 teaspoons of dried flowers or a teabag
WHAT TO DO:
Pour the boiling water over the flowers and allow to steep for about 5 minutes.
Strain if necessary.
You can then use it hot as a drink, or allow it to cool for later use as an eyewash, skin lotion etc.
A very simple mix with a carrier oil that has many uses.
WHAT YOU NEED:
3-4 drops of Chamomile Essential Oil
15ml almond oil or evening primrose oil (great for eczema)
WHAT TO DO:
Add the two ingredients together to use as a skin lotion for acne, eczema, sunburn.
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