Chamomile contains several classes of organic compounds called terpenes and flavonoids, which have been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. A potent source of the terpenes, apigenin, chamomile helps induce a process by which cells destroy and recycle unnecessary components within the cell. This promotes healthier and more efficient cellular growth. Another terpene, bisabolol, has been shown to reduce inflammation and irritation and to act as an antimicrobial agent. Bisabolol has also been shown to improve the absorption of certain chemicals more deeply in the skin.
Many of the beneficial compounds found in chamomile are from using the whole flower, as a larger dose of these beneficial chemicals is delivered to the skin. Furthermore, as with many plant extracts, many of the beneficial organic compounds are most effective when they work synergistically. We grow our own chamomile on our micro-farm in Sausalito, California and also source our chamomile from the western United States. All our chamomile is grown organically without the use of pesticides.