Upclose With Nature – Roman Chamomile

Roman Chamomile is one of the more popular herbs for daily use. Its popularity can be attributed in part to its lovely floral scent which many find very pleasing and soothing to the senses.

Health benefits

  • Relieves fevers and headaches.
  • Relieves indigestion and diarrhea.
  • Soothes cramps and alleviates menstrual problems.
  • Relieves stress and nervous tension.
  • Promotes sleep and rest.
  • In moderate doses, roman chamomile helps to relieve asthma in both children and adults.

Beauty Benefits

  • Reduces skin inflammation and irritation
  • Promotes recovery of wounds and ulcers
  • Helps to clear up scalp problems like scalp seborrhea, itchiness, flakiness and irritation.
  • Conditions the hair naturally. In addition, helps to add shine to lighter hair colors.
  • Moisturizes and softens the skin. Especially good for matured skin and skin that is prone to dryness and flakiness.
  • Soothes tired and irritated eyes, including eye irritation induced by allergic reaction.

Caution: Should not be used excessively during pregnancy or lactation. Large doses may cause vomiting and stomach irritation. People who are sensitive to pollen should avoid completely. Like all herbs, roman chamomile may cause allergic reactions if used in excessive amounts. Moderation is the key.

Recipe 1: Chamomile Infusion 1

This herbal infusion can be taken orally to bring relief to fevers, headaches, cramps and indigestion. You can also make larger portions to add to your bathwaters or foot baths to soothe minor aches and pains.

Ingredients

  • Dried roman chamomile flowers – 1 teaspoon
  • Fresh ginger – 1 slice
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Honey to taste

How to prepare

  1. Place water and ginger in a small earthen pot.
  2. Bring to a boil. Reduce to low heat and simmer gently for 30 minutes.
  3. Remove from the stove. Add roman chamomile flowers. Cover and infuse for 15 minutes.
  4. Add honey to taste. Serve warm

Note: During the infusion process of roman chamomile, it is essential to keep the lid on to prevent the active constituents of roman chamomile, many of which are essential oils from evaporating. For the same reason, never boil roman chamomile flowers.

Recipe 2: Chamomile Infusion 2

This simple infusion is particularly good for people experiencing irritability and mental stress as well as bloated stomachs.

Ingredients

  • Dried roman chamomile flowers – 1 teaspoon
  • Dried mint leaves – 1 teaspoon
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Honey to taste

How to prepare

  1. Boil water.
  2. Place roman chamomile and mint in a mug or small teapot.
  3. Pour freshly boiled water over the herbs. Cover and infuse for 15 minutes.
  4. Add honey to taste. Serve warm.

Recipe 3: Skin Soothing Tonic

For ladies: Spritz on this tonic to soften and beautify your skin after cleansing or to refresh tired complexions.

For men: Splash on as a soothing aftershave lotion.

For both genders: Use as a soothing eyewash or eye mask for tired, irritated eyes.

Ingredients

  • Dried roman chamomile flowers – 1 teaspoon
  • Dried lavender buds – 1 teaspoon
  • Dried blue mallow – 1 teaspoon
  • Hot, freshly boiled water – 1 cup

How to prepare

  1. Place all the herbs in a small teapot.
  2. Pour hot water over the herbs. Cover and infuse for 30 minutes.
  3. Allow the tonic to cool completely. Steep to remove the herbs.
  4. Pour the liquid into a clean glass jar or bottle. Store in the fridge.

How to use

  1. As a skin tonic: Pour a small amount onto your palms.
  2. Pat the tonic directly onto your skin until it has been completely absorbed.
  3. As an eye mask: Saturate 4 cotton pads with the tonic.
  4. Place 2 pads on each eye.
  5. Close your eyes and relax for 20 minutes.

As an eye wash: Dilute the tonic further with ½ cup of cool water. Splash gently onto the eye area.

WRITTEN BY

Coreenna Ong

Head of Research

Coreenna Ong has more than 20 years of extensive experiences in research and development, conceptualization, formulation, production process development and bring to market skincare products in the beauty industry. Ms Ong is currently the Director, Research and Development at Recherché skincare.

Recherché is a Singapore cosmeceutical skincare brand, with its products clean, green, plant-based and specially catered for Asian skin. It is also the pioneer in developing edible skincare actives to specifically address skin concerns.

Within just 2 years, Ms Ong’s research has led Recherché to win several awards and accolades for its products.

Ms Ong’s research focuses on harnessing the latest formulation technologies, knowledge and techniques to distil and extract nature's essence, and then apply them synergistically for maximum results.

She has authored 2 best-selling Beauty and Wellness books with Marshall Cavendish. The books had multiple runs and remained popular and in print circulation for several years. They are currently available in the Singapore National Library collection.

Ms Ong was also a Beauty columnist for Lianhe Zaobao, Singapore's largest Chinese-language newspaper publication, with huge regional presence. As its weekly expert contributor, she shared the latest research and technologies from the Beauty industry, and addressed the many skincare issues and concerns of the newspaper's readers regionally, including offering beauty tips, quick fixes and insider knowledge.

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