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Chamomile is often praised for its health benefits, as it has anti-inflammatory properties. Chamomile oil can safely be used on skin for treating eczema, bruises, and even rheumatic pain. Before you run to the shop, have a look at this DIY to make your own chamomile oil.
Chamomile has a high percentage of blue azulene and bisabolol, so the oil that can be extracted from this plant has anti-inflammatory properties.
For this chamomile oil, I used sweet almond oil as a carrier oil, because its scent is very neutral and it is kind to all skin types. I use this sweet almond oil carrier from the Soapery. Other oils you can use are jojoba, olive, wheat germ and grape seed oil. Even sunflower oil can be used.
You can buy dried chamomile at health-food stores, but what I prefer is to harvest and dry it myself. Make sure the flowers are properly dried.
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Make your own Chamomile Oil
- A small sterile jar, approx. 100 ml
- A carrier oil of your choice (I used sweet almond oil)
- Dried chamomile flowers, enough to fill the jar you’re using
- A cheese cloth
- Fill the jar with the dried chamomile flowers and top it up with the carrier oil.
- Make sure the flowers are fully covered by the oil.
- Screw the lid on tightly.
- Now place the jar somewhere where it will get at least 6 to 8 hours of sunlight daily.
- Every day, gently shake the bottle. In about a month, you will be able to filter the oil
- First I sieve the oil into another sterile jar and make sure to press all the oil out of the chamomile residue.
- Then I use a cheese cloth to get rid of all the smaller bits that are left after sieving.
- Put your own chamomile oil in a sterile jar of your choosing. You can now use it directly from the jar!
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