This month I started a new series called Ingredient Spotlight in which I talk about the benefits of a particular skin/hair care ingredient and how it can be used in your DIY recipes in simple yet effective ways. The first ingredient about which I wrote was Kaolin Clay – the gentlest clay for skin . Today I thought to write about the ingredient I have been using for past 6 months in my face packs – Chamomile!
Chamomile powder has been a permanent add on in my face masks but now I have started using it in a lot of ways for my skin and hair.
What is Chamomile? – Chamomile is renowned for its medicinal properties and beauty benefits. It is basically a herb that originates from a blooming plant in the daisy gang. Native to Asia, Europe, Australia and North America, this beautiful flower blossoms during early summers. People all over the word usually drink it as a tea.
Why you need it? – Chamomile flowers posses many powerful skin properties such as anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antibacterial and antioxidants.
Chamomile is one ingredient you want in your skincare routine. Weather you have acne prone skin, dry skin, or pigmentation areas.
This flower if used regulary in skin and hair care can prevent –
- skin irritation
- puffy eyes
- dark circles
- minor scars , all while brightening the skin naturally and protecting the skin against damage.
Ways to use Chamomile – Chamomile flowers can be used in various ways! You can infuse it in your favorite carrier oil , make its tea & use it as a facial toner , use the tea to make a paste of face masks in place of water , make its powder & use it as a facial scrub or add it in your face masks.
DIY Chamomile Face Mask
Make a thick paste of –
1/2 tablespoon chamomile powder
2 tablespoons of any clay (I used bentonite clay)
2 drops of your favorite essential oil (Mine is carrot seed these days)
, and water!
Chamomile Infused Oil
I have never made infused oil , until this one and now I am infusing lavender , rosemary , vetiver and what not. Infused oils can be used as a body oil , hair oil or in your body butters (if you make your own butters).
For this infusion I used sesame oil as I love to massage my whole body with this warming and healing oil. You can use many other carrier oils like coconut , olive , jojoba oil , etc. It takes atleast 4 weeks of sunlight to make this infusion. For me , its a fun process!
Have you used chamomile flowers? Comment below the ways you use it!