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Chamomile is one of the kindest ingredients around. I mean nothing comforts the soul like chamomile tea. One cup contains enough antibacterial properties to help prevent and treat colds. Chamomile tea also promotes sleep by relaxing the nervous system. A late 90s New York Times interview with Alanis Morisette suggests that she drinks chamomile tea to soothe her throat and aid her voice.
Then there's Jessica Alba's beauty secret. According to an interview with Harper's Bazaar a few years back, Jessica keeps chamomile tea bags in the fridge to rid tired eyes of puffiness on Sunday mornings. Reportedly, she slaps them on after staying out too late.
Chamomile is a beauty elixir because it can help with all skin types from oily and dry to sensitive as well as skin concerns including hyper-pigmentation. Ancient Egyptians once worshipped chamomile, which was used as a medicinal treatment, a sedative and a relaxant.
This botanical extract has powerful, anti-inflammatory constituents which are gentle enough to be used on a baby's butt, meaning chamomile works as a topical treatment for those really annoying concerns like eczema, psoriasis, rashes, sunburn, itching, ageing and wounds. The herb is very rich in antioxidants and helps prevents free radicals. It's kind of the Godfather of skincare herbs.
As if that wasn't enough, chamomile is a natural lightener for your skin and your hair, promoting a glow and gloss as it heals and restores natural moisture content.
In scientific/ingredient list terms, chamomile is sometimes referred to as Matricaria Chamomilla.