Although chamomile has many healing properties, it is important to distinguish between the two types of chamomile. For instance, blue chamomile is commonly known as German chamomile, which compared to its counterpart, Roman chamomile, offers many more healing benefits. For instance, it is imbued with anti-inflammatory properties, but it also contains chemicals that lowers stress and reduces depression. Finally, other chemicals make it effective for helping you get a good night’s sleep or reducing anxiety.
Although these problems might seem unrelated to the skin, it is becoming known that the body is tightly integrated. If there is a problem in one area, it impacts others, making German chamomile a robust defender of skin problems–whatever their sources. It is its impact on the entire body that explains why blue chamomile is good for your skin.
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What are the Benefits of Blue Chamomile on Your Skin?
Blue chamomile, which is involved in producing inflammation, such as leukotrienes, prostaglandins, and histamines, all of which are an integral part of our immune system’s response, is an especially good choice in the fight against inflammation. This oil also contains chamazulene, which is responsible for the deep blue color. However, chamazulene is also a strong anti-inflammatory. It achieves its anti-inflammatory abilities by inhibiting leukotriene’s ability to initiate our bodies’ immune response, which can increase inflammation.
According to a 2009 study published in the journal Life Science, blue chamomile works to inhibit the effect of prostaglandin, which, found in white blood, responds to inflammation. The results of this study show that it might be just as effective in controlling inflammation as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS).
Farnesene, a compound found in blue chamomile and responsible for the aroma similar to apples, as well as bisabolol, also found in blue chamomile, are additional ways that this oil helps to protect against inflammation. Additionally, blue chamomile can be applied directly to areas of inflammation as it is very gentle and contains flavonoids that allow it to penetrate the skin.
Taken together, they reduce skin inflammation, which is a primary contributor to the following skin issues.
Additionally, according to an Italian study conducted in 2010, the flavonoid quercetin, found in blue chamomile, helps to support healthy inflammation. One of the ways it accomplishes this is by controlling the inflammation caused by allergic reactions.
To handle unsightly inflammation, we recommend mixing evening primrose oil to enhance any blue chamomile skin care regimen.
In addition to having anti-inflammatory abilities, bisabolol has been shown to provide anti-irritant properties. For instance, bisabolol has been to shown to have soothing abilities that can help to relieve sunburns and the accompanying redness associated with prolonged sun exposure. This component may also have the ability to brighten skin.
Antioxidants protect against the damage that free radicals cause and are produced by the body and also found in food. The accumulation of free radicals results in oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is an imbalance in the body that inhibits the body’s ability to detoxify itself or repair the damage caused by the oxidative imbalance.
Blue chamomile is an excellent source of antioxidants. The antioxidant power found in this oil helps to improve the production of elastin and collagen, both of which comprise the structural layers of our skin, which, in turn, help to repair damaged skin.
Additional antioxidant effects can be found in the flavonoid quercetin. Also found in blue chamomile, it offers protection against free radicals.
Simply put, an antimicrobial either stops the growth of or kills microorganisms. For instance, antifungals are used to killed fungi, and antibiotics are used in the fight against bacteria. Blue chamomile provides users antimicrobial benefits. In fact, preliminary research has suggested that chamomile heals wounds faster than corticosteroids.
5. Fine lines and wrinkles
Once again, one of the active ingredients in blue chamomile, bisabolol, comes to the rescue. Due to this compound, blue chamomile has been touted for its ability to reduce the fine lines that appear in cheeks and arms. Additionally, it helps with wrinkles. It has also been known to inflate sagging skin and reduce the prevalence of dark spots. It accomplishes this by encouraging the production of elastin and collagen, both of which help in the production of new cells and help to strengthen skin. Additionally, bisabolol is purported to help lessen the risk of sunburn. As we are all now aware, exposure to the harmful rays of the sun causes damage to the skin, resulting in such things as wrinkles, premature aging, and even skin cancer.
Among the many chemicals found in blue chamomile, beta-Pinene is thought to potentially slow down the growth of cancerous cells. Quercetin, discussed previously, is also believed to provide anti-cancer benefits. Furthermore, according to the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, apigenin, also found in this oil, may help prevent the spread of some cancers. This study showed that the effectiveness of blue chamomile in slowing the growth of cancer cells was enhanced by its ability to protect healthy cells.
Blue chamomile has been shown to be helpful in the reduction of the growth of the following cancers.
7. Stress and depression
Many of us have found that although we are buying salves and applying skin medications across our bodies, the skin problems we are trying to mitigate do not seem to go away. This is because we are caught in a cycle of mitigation and re-emergence. For instance, scientists are discovering that such things as stress and depression are interlinked with skin problems. Consequently, we might be addressing the skin problems, but if we do not address the issues that are causing stress and depression, the skin problems will not abate because the cause is not being addressed. Consequently, the problems re-emerge.
Additionally, the anti-inflammatory properties for which blue chamomile is known also helps with inflammation and depression. For instance, blue chamomile works as a mild sedative without depressing the system. This makes it perfect for helping us to unwind in the evening or rejuvenate our bodies and minds on the weekend.
This sense of calm cannot be understated because researchers are discovering that our stress–our state of mind–impacts our skin in a general sense by causing rashes,itching, and redness. However, for people with specific problems, like psoriasis or eczema, stress actually exacerbates these problems, causing flare ups–or worse. Simply put, its impact on our peace of mind is why blue chamomile is good for your skin.
8. Inducing sleep
As you can see in the aforementioned segment, blue chamomile helps depression and stress because it can act as a sedative without also acting as a depressant. As such, it is perfect for helping induce sleep without negatively impacting the quality of that sleep. This is important because in the same way depression and anxiety contribute to skin problems, so, too, does the lack of quality sleep.
For instance, lack of sleep inhibits many normal processes, such as the skin’s ability to heal. Additionally, lack of sleep dries out the skin and decreases our ability to create collagen. A protein, collagen is known to be the most common connective tissue throughout our bodies. Additionally, it fills out our skin and helps smooth wrinkles. Lack of quality sleep, however, results in lower collagen, which, itself, results in dry skin because our collagen production decreases. As it decreases, we become less hydrated and appear as if we are aging–which we are, prematurely, actually.
Chamomile, however, stops this degradation in skin quality by helping to calm our bodies and allow us to ease into sleep. Simply put, blue chamomile skin care helps us to relax. In doing so, it helps to stop the endless cycle of skin problems by finally assisting us achieve a good night’s sleep.