Chamomile tea is effective natural remedy in traditional medicine for many centuries. Nowadays women all around the world prefer to use it as face toner or herbal ice cubes for soothing blemishes and swelling. There are many different species of chamomile, the two most commonly being German chamomile (Marticaria recutita) and Roman chamomile (Chanmaemelum nobile). Even though they belong to different plant families, they do share the same medicinal properties.
Why Chamomile is so Beneficial for Skin?
Chamomile is well-known for its calming, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties in treatment of various medical conditions such as cold, sore throat, gingivitis, insomnia, anxiety, colic, irritable bowel syndrome, psoriasis, eczema and acne.
Chamomile tea has moisturizing, cleansing and soothing effects. It can be effectively used as a scrub for body, a face mask or herbal packs for eyes. To provide rejuvenating effect on face, the most popular way to use chamomile at home is to prepare ice cubes based on herbal decoction.
In addition, it is also found to be highly effectual in preventing and eliminating dandruff.
Chamomile can soothe insect bites, chicken pox, wounds, burns bruises, sunburns, rashes and inflamed skin.
The herb is also well known for easing discomfort caused by diseases such as eczema, psoriasis, diaper rash and able to soothe skin irritation. It is also found to be popular remedy for stopping the growth of ulcers. Researchers have also shown topical chamomile solution is very effective and quicker at relieving itching, pain and inflammation of skin lesions than topical hydro-cortisone (steroid) treatment.
Chamomile is available as dried flower heads, an infusion (tea), liquid extract, essential oil, tinctures (concentrated in alcohol) and in creams and ointments. Tea bags are the most common form found in grocery stores and pharmacies. Both the fresh and dried flowers of chamomile have been used to create teas for centuries to cure number of health problems.
Chamomile Acne Treatment
To reduce acne appearance, chamomile tea can provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits.
It is interesting to note that anti-inflammatory properties of chamomile work through the inhibition of histamine release from the mast cells. By preventing this important step in the inflammatory chain, the active components of chamomile tea will help prevent and significantly reduce inflammatory acne lesions.
Practice proves that chamomile compresses applied on the skin have been shown to have almost the same activity to 1% hydrocortisone ointment which is usually prescribed by doctors to reduce skin inflammation. When herbal tea is applied on the skin, its medicinal properties can help protect the skin by reducing the damage done by free radicals and also acne-causing bacteria. Chamomile can also prevent stress-dependent acne through its anxiolytic and antioxidant effects.
While topical application chamomile tea can reduce the severity of acne appearance and relieve acne symptoms. Maybe this is the main reason why chamomile tea is widely used as a toner and cleanser to wash the face. It provides a deep cleansing action while relaxing the skin and washing off irritants.
Get to know secret recipe of chamomile face toner in special article: DIY Chamomile Face Toner for Dry Skin
You can use dried leaves of chamomile to rub them on acne scars. This may help fade them away. Cold herbal tea bags can be pressed on pimples to eliminate the swelling and blemishes.
There are two ways to use chamomile tea for acne treatment. It can be taken orally or used topically. In both cases, the tea has to be brewed to allow the active ingredients to get extracted into tea solution. And in some cases, acne can be treated both by drinking and rubbing the same herbal teas leaves on the skin which is found to be very effective.
Chamomile & Honey Mask to Treat Acne
What You Need:
- Dry chamomile – 1 tablespoon
- Organic honey – 1 tablespoon
- Fresh lemon juice – 1 teaspoon
- 1 egg white
How to Use:
- Pour dry chamomile with hot water and let it infuse for 20 minutes.
- Add other ingredients and mix well.
- Apply the resulting mask on clean face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes.
- Wash off with cool water.
- Repeat the procedure once a week.
Refreshing Chamomile & Peppermint Face Mask
What You Need:
- Chamomile flowers – 1 tablespoon
- Peppermint – 1 tablespoon
- 1 egg yolk
How to Use:
- Chop fresh herbs and add egg yolk. Mix well.
- Apply the resulting mask on clean face and leave it on for 15 minutes.
- Wash off with cool water.
Chamomile & Aloe Vera Juice Mask Recipe
What You Need:
- Clay – 2 teaspoons
- Aloe vera juice – 1 teaspoon
- Organic honey – 1 teaspoon
How to Use:
- Stir clay with chamomile infusion until you get a smooth paste.
- Add a teaspoon of honey and mix again.
- Spread the resulting blend over the clean face.
- Leave the mask on for 15 minutes.
- Wash off with cool water.
Skin Whitening with Chamomile Tea
Only few girls know that chamomile herb whitens the skin alongside the fact that it is known commonly as a hair lightener. Using a few flowers or bags of chamomile tea for a facial may have a wonderful effect on your skin. For me such skin lightening tea is an excellent way to get fair skin without any side effects.
Better consult a dermatologist for advice before using the chamomile tea over a large area on your skin.
Below there is a nice recipe for dark skin lightening with the help of chamomile herb.
How to Whiten Skin with Chamomile Tea?
- First, take a saucepan and fill it up with the distilled water. Bring it to a boil.
- Then, put in 2 tablespoons of dried chamomile flowers and simmer the stove. Leave it on for 7 minutes to let the chamomile extracts be soaked into the water.
- Strain the chamomile liquid and also squeeze the flowers to get more extracts from them.
- Add honey and lemon juice in it. Blend the ingredients well. Pour the mixture into a bottle and keep it in a fridge. Maximum shelf life is 4 days. After that you will have to prepare another portion of chamomile tea.
Apply on face and neck area and keep for about 15 minutes and later rinse thoroughly with fresh water. This remedy gives your skin a bleaching effect and lightens your skin.
Facial Chamomile Scrub Recipe
When mixed and blended with milk, chamomile tea provides a very good body and facial scrub. In another method, the contents of tea bag can be mixed with brown sugar and olive oil to make a good facial scrub.
Apply this scrub gently on face and massage it. Rinse your skin with cold water and pat dry. It helps to remove the entire dead and dry skin cell giving a beautiful glow on the skin. And as once applied on skin it leaves skin with soothing feeling.
Chamomile Tea to Reduce Sunburns & Skin Irritation
Chamomile tea is very effective in soothing skin irritation and sunburns when applied topically on skin surface. Tea bags also provides soothing effect for tired eyes after working on computer for long hours or after watching TV continuously. Chamomile tea also act as wonderful, soothing healer when used in your bath and is expensive and natural way to give yourself a spa-like, bath –time treat.
A chamomile bath is useful for babies where they ease from diaper rash and other skin irritation, preserving the softness of baby’s skin and promoting good sleep. Chamomile is very effective remedy for dry and flaky scalp because of its anti-fungal properties.
Chamomile Tea to Prevent Dark Circles under Eyes
The skin around the eyes is very thin, sensitive and gentle. Collagen fibers contribute to its increased extensibility. The face due to mimic the activity is constantly in motion, and is prone to puffiness. Blood vessels located under the skin are translucent because of the small thickness of the skin layer and accumulation of blood with insufficient oxygen.
The certain reasons why dark circles appear under the eyes may be various:
- Intense pace of life, stress and constant eye strain (for example, while working at the computer) leads to the formation of dark circles due to the stagnation of blood in the capillaries. This is the most widespread reason.
- Those who have smoking habit also may notice dark circles. The substances found in tobacco contribute much to the chronic intoxication and are destructive to all tissues. The skin of smokers tends to age faster and more susceptible to inflammation and swelling.
- Eating habit is also leading to unpleasant appearance of dark circles. Frequent consumption of fried, smoked, spicy and salty foods, drinking too much tea and coffee, the lack of vitamins and minerals – all of these factors have a negative impact on the overall health and skin condition. The toxins that accumulate in the blood and tissues of the body can become a cause of the appearance of dark circles under the eyes.
If you have dark circles under eyes, you shouldn’t ignore because it may be one of the symptoms of more serious disease listed below:
- Kidney problem: such dark circles under the eyes and puffiness are often accompanied by swelling. In some cases, kidney disease can occur apparent only after a detailed examination.
- Liver and gall bladder: usually, dark circles have a yellowish tint. In addition to it, the patient feels a bitter taste in the mouth, discomfort and pain in the right upper quadrant of the stomach.
- Pancreas: accompanying symptom may be the pain in the left upper quadrant, diarrhea and constipation, nausea, or vomiting.
- Parasite invasions: patient feels irritability, fatigue, abdominal pain, bloating.
- Endocrine disorders: thyroid disorders and diabetes insipidus leads to hormonal disorders, and dark circles under the eyes may be a symptom of it.
- Cardiovascular system disease: dark circles under eyes may have a bluish hue and are caused by blood circulation disorders.
- Anemia: visible dark circles under the eyes can be caused by insufficient oxygen in the blood as a result of reducing the amount of hemoglobin and iron level in the body, accompanied by fatigue, frequent dizziness.
If you are sure you don’t have serious disease which may cause the dark circles appearance under eyes, then you may apply to home remedies. Chamomile tea bags can be used to treat the problem. They are effective and easy to use: just dip chamomile tea bag for 5 minutes and then cool it for some time before keeping under eyes. Keep for 5 minutes and then wash eyes thoroughly with fresh water. This remedy helps lighten the dark circles under eyes and give relief from eye puffiness. Repeat this procedure every day and you will see the positive results.
How to Treat Swelling & Skin Redness with Chamomile Tea
Cold chamomile tea bag proves to be very effective in treatment of pressed and damaged pimples. This treatment helps reduce swelling and redness due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. And many people use chamomile tea infusion or extract along with bath to get rid of various skin problems such as eczema, chicken pox and common swelling or infections associated with such diseases.
Prepare herbal infusion. Use fresh chamomile petals or buy dried herbs in the drugstore. For better results you may add calendula petals to the mixture. Once the infusion is ready, let it cool down and pour the liquid into the bath with warm water. If you like aromatherapy, add 4-5 drops of any essential oils into the bath. Enjoy your time!
How to Heal Wounds & Minor Cuts with Chamomile Tea
Chamomile has strong healing properties because of its anti-oxidant and anti-microbial properties. It also acts as a good disinfectant and can be used in cleaning of wounds and minors cuts on skin surfaces.
Make a chamomile application for your wound by soaking some chamomile tea bags in warm and clean water, lightly draining some of the liquid, and then wrapping these tea bags around your wound with some gauze. Alternatively, you can buy chamomile tinctures or natural ointments in your local health food store and apply them on affected area.
Chamomile Ice Cubes for Face
Herbal ice cubes when applied topically activates many processes in deeper layers of skin, thereby improving its complexion. The effectiveness of cosmetic ice on the skin is obvious. Its results can become visible after several weeks of regular use.
Facial ice cubes refresh and rejuvenate the skin. Low temperature affects the skin in positive way except the situations when you have sensitive or very dry skin type. Such skin such can be easily hurt so you have to follow certain rules using ice cubes for face. Ice is affecting your skin in the following way:
- Blood vessels on the skin surface get briefly narrowed.
- Deeper vessels are expanding.
- Increased blood flow occurs.
- Surface vessels dilate capillaries filled with blood.
- Enhances cell regeneration process.
- As a result, ice helps to slow down the aging process, smooth the wrinkles and provokes appearance of a healthy blush.
Preparing ice cubes with chamomile doesn’t take much time. This natural treatment is suitable for all skin types and have an antiseptic effect. Wiping face with herbal ice fits different skin types. If you add fresh parsley to chamomile, it will help to whiten the skin. It is good to alternate with lemon ice. Herbs can be taken as a fresh (then they need to be cut into small pieces) and in the dried form. Green tea is rich in antioxidants, helps to fight the dark circles under the eyes and removes small wrinkles. All you have to do is to take a tablespoon of herbs and pour it with 1 cup of boiling water. Let it infuse for 30 minutes, allow to cool down and pour the liquid into ice cube forms and put into the freezer.
If you have oily and problematic skin, then it is preferable to make a more concentrated herbal tea for skin. Take three tablespoons of dried chamomile, pour a glass of cold water, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat as much as possible, let it simmer for five minutes. Thereafter leave the liquid to infuse for about four hours, then filter, poured into ice cubes forms and freeze.
How to use ice cubes for face?
- First, you need to prepare the skin. Remove makeup and clean your face. Use a special lotion or moisturizing soap. It is also recommended to use a light scrub to get rid of dead skin cells. Start with easy sliding movements to wipe face with an ice cube. It is important to move without effort, without increasing pressure and without stretching the skin. Treating the area around the eyes should be especially careful.
- Wiping with an ice cube should be implemented only on the massage lines. Please navigate from the middle of the chin to the earlobes. After that, move the ice a little higher and slide it from the mouth to the corner of the middle ear, and then on the wings of the nose to the temple and from the center of the forehead to the temple area. You can take in each hand on the cube and implement a massage from both sides. Approaching the area around the eyes, move herbal ice cube to from the nose area to the temple, and then from the temple to the nose under the eye.
- Duration of treatment should be no more than 5 minutes. Otherwise, you can overdo it and hurt the skin. If you use ice cubes for the first time, then wipe the face for 2 minutes, and the next time you can increase the time of procedure.
- Do not pat dry you face after ice cube treatment. Let it dry naturally. Let herbal components absorb into the skin for best nourishment.
- Wipe you face with herbal ice cubes in the mornings and evenings, twice a day.
Contraindications using herbal ice for face
Despite the presence of a huge number of useful properties, some people can not use ice for skin. First, you need check whether you have allergy or not. Herbs may provoke unpleasant skin reaction like itching, redness or even inflammation. If you have any symptoms described above, then avoid using herbal ice cubes for skin.
This treatment is not suitable for people with very thin, sensitive or damaged skin. Eczema and rosacea also don’t allow to proceed to ice treatment. Ice will make the situation go worse.
Don’t use ice cubes on face if you have chronic diseases such as sinusitis, otitis, etc. Cold can trigger their development and even cause complications.
Chamomile Face Treatment Reviews
I’m 27 and I suffer from pimples and break outs. Packs on the basis of chamomile decoction significantly help reduce acne and blackheads. I use chamomile packs twice a week for two months already and I already notice pleasant changes in overall skin condition. Chamomile application has never caused some discomfort or allergy and I suggest it is the most effective home remedy for oily skin prone to acne.
I’ll share a recipe which I use very often for my face. I use chamomile lotion for acne and blackheads. Prepare chamomile infusion and add 1 teaspoon of vodka. Wipe your face 1-2 times a day using this chamomile toner. If you have very sensitive skin, then skip adding vodka to the recipe. Chamomile can cure acne, boils and wounds – I use it regularly and already see the results! The alcohol-based toner disinfects and dries the skin surface while removing the signs of inflammation, thanks to anti-inflammatory properties of chamomile. I like it!
Selesta Kiss, 25
I have tried chamomile tea for my dry skin. I love it!!! I like to prepare ice cubes based on chamomile decoction and in the morning I wipe the face with it! First, it invigorates and helps to wake up. Second, it reduces puffiness and visibly reduces dark circles under the eyes. Third, it improves skin complexion and makes the skin glowing and soft. Fourth, it avoids inflammation on the skin (I mean all sorts of pimples). I recommend this natural products to all girls!
Chamomile tea works wonderful for acne and skin redness. Heat a bag of chamomile tea, not too hot and apply it on your breakout twice a day for 10 minutes. It will dry out your skin a little bit. If you want to have a toning effect, then prepare chamomile infusion, place it into spray bottle and use it every day before makeup. It refreshes skin very well!
I tried to use this chamomile tea as a toner to calm down the redness of my skin. However, for some unknown reason it didn’t work at all! In fact, it made the redness even more visible. I have sensitive skin and seems to me, chamomile tea bags are not suitable for it. They dry out my skin and leave some feeling of discomfort.
Natalie Gray, 19
My skin is prone to acne. Terrible! I was so sick of poking at it trying to get something to come to the surface! I put a chamomile tea bag in hot water for a few seconds, then put it on affected area for about 5 minutes and then take it off. My skin is currently looks clean and I feel happy with that! Also, I like to use homemade chamomile toner in the morning before makeup. I apply it on clean face and then splash it with cool water. My face looks fresh and taut!
This is one of the best natural toner I’ve ever used. It is so refreshing! It feels nourishing and moisturizing to put it on the face after cleansing. Most importantly it feels safe that it is all natural without any chemical agents in it. I apply chamomile tea on face in the evening after removing makeup so my skin feel relaxed. I like it!
La Luna, 34
I like the way the chamomile tea makes my skin feel. However, I don’t like that herbal smell. Sometimes I put few drops of ylang ylang essential oil to make it better. I have rosacea-prone skin, and have often read about the anti-inflammatory properties of chamomile. I brew my own strong concoction of pure chamomile tea – 2 bags to one cup of tea, and when the bags cooled, placed the bags on my face for 30 minutes. It is great! It did not get rid of acne completely but eliminated the pink spots. I keep the cup of tea I had brewed in the refrigerator overnight and repeat the process the next day, dipping cotton pads in the chamomile tea and placing them over my face. It definitely helps!