Humble flowers with super soothing powers.
What is chamomile?
There are many species of chamomile flowers, and they’re sometimes hard to differentiate from one another - even experts struggle! At Lush, we use two types, easily identifiable and well known in European folk medicine: the German chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla syn. Matricaria recutita) which resembles a daisy, and the Roman chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) that looks like a fuzzy ball of white petals.
Did you know?
Originally white in colour, the German chamomile flowers release a blue pigment when distilled into an essential oil. This is due to an anti-inflammatory compound that forms during steam distillation, called chamazulene. Hence the name: chamomile blue oil.
What are the benefits of chamomile?
The flowers’ oils are believed to promote calm and restful sleep when inhaled. They’re often coupled with lavender as they share similar properties and complement each other scents.
Where does Lush source chamomile?
Chamomile crops are so fragile that Lush buyers always need to have backup suppliers in case our current ones are unable to produce the amount we need. The source will also change depending on the type of ingredient (oil, dried flowers…) and species. To find out more, browse your Lush product’s list of ingredients and click on the ones you are interested in. This should take you to a page full of details!