Traditional use of Chamomile | Matricaria recutita (German chamomile) is for skin reactions due to chronic skin conditions, exposure to irritants or sunburn. Chamomile can be applied topically when skin is itchy due to irritants or insect bites. Supports a calming and soothing response. (which is why it is also a very popular herbal "tea")
Chamomile is one of the "daisy" family of annual flowers
An annual plant originating from Europe and West Asia, Chamomile prefers a temperate climate in open sunny spaces. Chamomile is commonly known for its soothing properties as a tea, aiding a restful sleep and has a long traditional history as a herb that resolves topical inflammation. The flower heads are collected at the start of flowering on dry days and allowed to air dry before use in herbal medicine preparation.
It is known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and anti-microbial properties and is found in many topical preparations for its calming effect.
Topically, German chamomile is used for enuresis, hemorrhoids, mastitis, vaginitis, venous leg ulcers, pressure ulcers, atopic dermatitis (eczema), wound healing, nappy rash, sunburn, insect bites and gingivitis.
Chamomile’s active ingredients include volatile oils, flavonoids including quercetin, coumarins, mucilage, phytosterols, phenols, and salicylates.
The herb is deemed likely safe when used topically with the caveat that those allergic to the Daisy Family (Asteracea/ Compositae) should avoid using it.
Not suitable for pregnant women.