Chamomile | Matricaria chamomilla
Chamomile is a fantastic herb for both your skin and sleep cycle. If you are pregnant, you may experience discomfort in either one of these areas, which is why chamomile could be the right herb for you!
Why You Might Find it Helpful: According to the International Journal of Pharmacognosy, chamomile is one of the most potent products to address skin darkening. For a moisturizer to help with sunburn, windburn, and stretching skin, chamomile has antioxidants (polyphenols and flavonoids) to help soothe the skin. The chamomile flowers in our Pregnant Belly Oil and Pregnant Belly Salve are strategically used to help soften skin for stretching and relieve the itch of a growing belly.
Apart from offering a soothing sensation for your skin, chamomile has been known to be an effective scent to induce drowsiness. The chamomile plant contains an antioxidant, apigenin, that binds to receptors in the brain to cause sleepiness or a sense of relaxation. Motherlove uses chamomile in our Everyday Baby Balm to promote a gentle aromatic smell to pamper your baby.
What It Looks Like: Chamomile is a highly aromatic herb with finely cut leaves and small, many-rayed white flowers with yellow centers. The flowers of chamomile flowers bloom daily throughout its growing season and easily reseed themselves.
Things to Know: Chamomile is generally safe to use topically, however, chamomile allergies can occur. If you are allergic to chamomile, be sure to exercise caution before using products that contain the herb