With the winter chill firmly in place, there’s no better way to relax than with a steaming hot cup of chamomile tea and a fuzzy blanket at the end of a chilly night. The tea is an herbal infusion made from dried chamomile flowers, which closely mirror the daisy plants in appearance. When mixed with hot water, the chamomile flower becomes an herbal tea that is effervescent and caffeine-free. Long known for their calming, medicinal powers, the herbal plants have long been used for the treatment of insomnia, anxiety, stomach and menstrual cramps, inflammation and hemorrhoids, among other uses. While its known for its healthy and relaxing qualities, it’s important to note the herbal plant’s beauty benefits as well.
Chamomile tea is packed with antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, making it a powerhouse when it comes to worrisome skin ailments. Sunburns, scars, eczema, acne and everyday irritation are all lessened with routine use of the tea, whether it’s ingested internally or applied topically, directly to the skin. It’s known to lessen the healing time in cuts and abrasions and reduces the appearance of scars over time.
The herb’s skin lightening and whitening components are also beneficial in lightening and brightening the skin’s coloring, leading to a younger-looking, refreshed appearance. It also acts as natural moisturizer. Packed with flavonoids and essential oils, it penetrates deeply below the skin’s surface to hydrate skin cells and prevent the release of histamine, which can cause inflammation, reddening and swelling. Chamomile is as natural as it comes in the anti-aging fight. Beyond it’s moisturizing qualities, it contains Alpha-bisabolol, which has been linked in helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. There’s no wonder why chamomile is a key ingredient in many facial cleansers, oils and lotions on the market today.
If you’re someone who suffers from dark under-eye circles–and lets face who isn’t from time to time? Chamomile just might be the secret weapon you’ve been searching for. At a fraction of the cost of some of the more expensive under-eye masks and treatments out there, two chamomile tea bags can help alleviate those tired, swollen, dark circles that can creep up after a late-night out. Simply boil water and seep two tea bags for a few minutes. Allow for the tea bags to cool completely and apply to the eyes for five-ten minutes. While it’s not guaranteed to completely wipe out all signs of tiredness, at least you’ll have a nice cup of chamomile tea to sip on as you relax.
Chamomile tea also comes in handy when it comes to hair care as well. Looking to lighten your locks or highlight a few strands? Chamomile tea is a natural, gradual, cost-effective way to lighten and brighten your hair if you’re a blonde or brunette. To try this method at home, rinse your hair with a pitcher of chamomile tea after your normal shampoo and conditioner treatments. Leave the rinse in to let it soak through the locks. Sitting in the sun while the rinse soaks in will help the golden glow along. Not only can chamomile tea help enhance your hair color, but it has also been known to help alleviate that pesky, dry-skin scalp condition known as dandruff in some cases.
Chamomile tea is therapeutic, healthy and natural. What’s not to like about the simple remedies it provides? So, whether you’re looking to sip a warm drink, or add to your beauty regimen, chamomile tea and the herb itself offer us a myriad of benefits for both the mind and body.