Chamomilla recutita flower extract is a natural ingredient derived from German chamomile flowers. This extract is especially known for its anti-inflammatory and soothing benefits in skincare products. Chamomile flowers are commonly used worldwide as a natural remedy for a number of different ailments. When taken orally in form of tea, chamomile can have soothing effects on the stomach and intestines and can act as a gentle sleep aid.
In skincare, chamomile essential oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent with a few lovely bonuses – it smells pleasant and it takes on an interesting blue color.
Its scent and color are due to the essential oil constituent called chamazulene. It also contains another pleasant-smelling compound called bisabolol, which is colorless. These compounds are so soothing and gentle that they are even suitable for infants and toddlers.
Other beneficial phytochemicals from the chamomile flowers include flavonoids (which are antioxidants) and a large amount of mucilage, which forms a soothing film on the surface of the skin.
People allergic to ragweed (Ambrosia) should be careful when using this extract. They may cross-react to chamomile because the plants are closely related.