Chamomile Tea as a Skin Treatment

With uses tracing back as far as ancient Egypt, chamomile’s use as a folk medicine has continued into the present. Chamomile is a flower harvested between May and July that has an appearance similar to a daisy. Chamomile has many healing properties that extend beyond the average tea. In addition to the many benefits of drinking Chamomile, the tea has practical applications as a topical treatment for wounds, rashes, irritated skin, and more.

Wild Chamomile

The Importance of Healthy Skin

The largest organ of the human body, the skin serves many useful functions crucial to every day living. Skin protects the body and internal organs from foreign bacteria and regulates temperature and waste through the excretion of sweat. The sensation of touch requires the skin as a medium, alerting our body of possible dangers through heat, cold, and pain. As the first line of our body’s defense, skin is also the easiest organ of the body to damage (from cuts, bruising, etc.), making it incredibly important to take care of. Healthy skin prevents cold, infection, and keeps a youthful appearance.

Chamomile Tea and Skin

Chamomile tea can prove most versatile in the treatment of skin, helping with dermal ailments from cuts all the way to inflammation. When applied to the skin on affected areas, chamomile tea can help to aid in the healing process of cuts, while also possessing anti-inflammatory agents that may reduce swelling.

Chamomile Cupcakes

The ability of chamomile tea to help the skin come from flavonoids (molecules that serve as pigments and move chemicals in plants) that can pass through the deepest layers of the skin and fight inflammation at its source. Flavonoids have also been found to help in the treatment of skin conditions such as eczema, and some studies show they may stunt the growth of cancer cells.

A 2009 study published in “Life Sciences” found that chamomile tea had similar effects to non steroidal ant-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS). Chamomile tea has also been found useful in the reduction of the type of inflammation associated with hemorrhoids.

While the application of Chamomile can help with a multitude of skin conditions, it should not be treated as a replacement for seeking medical attention and a doctor should be consulted before using chamomile while on other medications or prescriptions.

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