- Common chamomile
- Roman chamomile
- Manzanilla hedionda
The first two varieties are suitable for use in humans, and are characterized by having a white flower with a strong smell , very similar to the apple. It is from there that it derived the characteristic name.
The third variety is called ” smelly “, and is not suitable for human consumption. It has been used as a natural pesticide and is added to artisan compounds used in crops.
What is chamomile for?
Chamomile is a plant whose cultivation is very simple. Found in the wild, it can adapt to many farmland climates and circumstances. For industrial use, it is put to dry and crushed so that consumers take full advantage of it.
Chamomile has many purposes in the human body, when applied superficially or consumed as an infusion .
Chamomile is used to:
- Apply in perfumery
- Integrate into cosmetics
- Consume as tea
- Remedy internal discomforts
- Remedy external ailments
Apply in perfumery
This plant serves as a perfumery material due to the strong aroma that characterizes its essence . It is possible to dispose of it through a distillation process. A load of chamomile flowers is heated, and the vapor released will contain a fraction of the essence. This vapor will be condensed to confine it in a bottle.
Generally, it is contained in a solution containing ethyl alcohol , to give it better solubility without chemically altering it. In addition, alcohol favors having a certain volatility in the perfume or cologne in which it is included.
Integrate into cosmetics
Chamomile in cosmetic products such as shampoos, soaps and conditioners generates a hair lightening process . It favors the development of blonde hair , giving it a more intense shine and a silky appearance.
It is its constant use that achieves these effects in the medium term. This is not an instant consequence.
Consume as Tea
Sir Thomas Lipton , between the 19th and 20th centuries, accidentally developed the tea bag presentation. Chamomile was introduced to this modality, being marketed in such a format to be added to cups with hot water and thus prepare infusions.
The preparation procedure has always been the following:
- He takes an empty and clean cup
- One or two envelopes with crushed chamomile plant are placed (the one that is crushed provides a better contact area with the environment, being able to better expel the essence in the extraction)
- Boiling water is added
- Wait a couple of minutes for the infusion to be ready, dispersing the chamomile essence in the water
Remedy internal discomforts
Chamomile is recommended to be drunk as an infusion to combat a large number of ailments, among which are:
- Menstrual cramps
- Nervous states
- Flu symptoms
Remedy external ailments
It is possible to use chamomile to reduce superficial sensations derived from various causes:
- Eye irritation
- The roughness of the skin
- Irritation of the nose
Chamomile side effects
No people have been known to become poisoned by consuming this plant. Its only side effect would show itself only in especially sensitive people. In these cases, it produces slight irritations to the skin or the stomach.