Why We Use Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract
At Nature's Baby Organics we think what we put on our bodies and our children's bodies is really important. It can sometimes feel overwhelming when trying to choose skin care products. There is a lot on the market and trying to compare ingredients to find what might work for your little one is a big task.
We'd like to try and make things a little easier for you and tell you exactly what's in our products! Our team uses organic ingredients to make our products a great option for your little ones. This will be an ongoing blog series just about our great ingredients, and just for your information.
One of the ingredients we commonly use is Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract. It looks (and sounds) like a mouth full, but it's actually a really great ingredient and has many skin care benefits. The rest of this article will give you some information about the flower, why it's beneficial, and why we choose to use it in our products.
The word chamomile actually refers to a range of different daisy-like plants. The simplest terminology for Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract is actually German Chamomile. I'm sure you've heard of this herb before and its many therapeutic uses. Most commonly brewed as a tea, chamomile has been used too as a calming aid. However, over the past few decades of research, science has confirmed many of the traditional uses for the plant and established pharmacological mechanisms for the plant's therapeutic activity, including antiseptic, antispasmodic, antipyretic, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-allergenic activity.
How Chamomile Benefits The Skin
What Is Chamomile Made Up Of?
Chamomile is known to have anti-inflammatory properties. Many of the active ingredients are powerful, including the flavonoids apigenin, luteolin, and quercetin, and the volatile oils including alpha-bisabolol and matricin.
- Bisabolol - Bisabolol is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-irritant, anti-fungal and non-allergenic. Bisabolol is found in both German and Roman chamomile essential oils although German chamomile has a higher concentration.
- Chamazulene - One of the azulenes, chamazulene is only found in the essential oils of both Roman and German chamomile and is created during the distillation process from another compound called matricin. Chamazulene is credited with providing the anti-inflammatory properties.
Apigenin - This flavonoid is gaining notoriety following some recent research which has shown it to reduce DNA oxidative damage, inhibit the growth of human cancer cells and act as an anti-inflammatory. Apigenin is found in both chamomiles, but is only present in the flowers and not in the oils.
If you're a person that suffers itchy skin caused by dry skin or eczema, Chamomile is often used as a natural treatment. Its flowers also have flavonoids which help contribute the lessening of redness and itchiness of the skin.
In most cosmetic products Chamomile is used as a conditioning agent to help restore suppleness to the skin and reduce the appearance of dry and flaky skin.
Babies' skin especially is so sensitive. Their skin is just getting used to the harshness of their new environment. It's important that we keep their skin hydrated, protected and full of antioxidants.
Choosing Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract For Our Products
When choosing ingredients for our products, we had our consumers in mind. We want to provide a healthy and natural skincare experience for you and your little ones. The health benefits of chamomile dates back to the middle ages. This miracle herb was said to be healing in a variety of ways. Over the past few decades it's become more popular in skincare products because of it's soothing properties. We use Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract in our products to help keep your babies' skin healthy.