Winters are here and so is the time to nourish our body with a variety of food & slather our skin with dollops of oils and butters. According to Ayurveda, massaging your skin with oil is an act of self love. In today's article I am sharing the steps to make Chamomile Oil at home that you can use all over your body, face and hair. You can also follow this procedure to make any herbs infused oil.
HOMEMADE CHAMOMILE OIL
Homemade solar infused chamomile takes 4 weeks to get ready. The process of infusing the oil using the sun's heat unites the benefits of the herb used (chamomile here) in the oil. The choice of oil depends on what suits your skin, however certain oils with shorter shelf life like rosehip/hemp seed/ watermelon seed/cucumber seed aren't good for oil infusions. The best oils for infusions are: Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil, Sesame Oil, Coconut Oil and Sunflower Oil.
Here we are choosing Jojoba Oil. Why? Jojoba Oil resembles the sebum that our skin produces which makes it suitable for all skin types. It absorbs quickly without being greasy and also balances excessively dry or oily skin.
Benefits of Chamomile Oil
Chamomile boasts anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can help soothe the skin, reducing redness and blemishes. It can even relieve skin irritations like eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea. The antioxidants also help boost skin health to bring out an inner glow. The polyphenols and phytochemicals in chamomile are known to speed up cell regeneration, reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and scars. As if these weren't enough reasons to get on board with chamomile in our skincare, these polyphenols also fight against harmful free radicals, protecting our skin from environmental damage and slowing signs of aging.
Procedure to Make Chamomile Oil at home
- Fill 1/2 of an airtight glass jar with dried Chamomile.
- Fill the complete jar with the Jojoba Oil.
- Cap tightly and place the jar near a sunny window.
- Keep an eye on the jar and if you see that the herbs have soaked up some oil in a day, add more.
- After 4 weeks of infusion, sieve using a clean and dry muslin cloth.
- Store in an airtight glass bottle and use up within 2-3 months.
Remeber: Chamomile attracts a lot of ants so make sure you keep the area where you keep the oil bottle super clean every day.
How to use Chamomile Oil?
It is a multipurpose healing and soothing oil. Use it as a facial oil, massage oil for face and body, hair oil and also as a body oil post shower. You can even use it for babies due to its soothing properties.