Chamomile & Eczema

by Maggie Hira ; Updated August 14, 2017

Chamomile is one of the oldest and most commonly used medicinal plants. (Reference 3)

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Also known as atopic dermatitis, eczema is a skin disease of unknown origin. It typically manifests as severe and recurrent itching that leaves your skin dry and thickened. While eczema treatment typically involves steroid creams, medicinal plants, such as the daisy chamomile, also have a choice place among home remedies. The most commonly used varieties are German chamomile and Roman chamomile.(Reference 3)

Chamomile & Eczema

Chamomile has a long history of use in the treatment of eczema. While additional studies are needed, chamomile-based creams have shown moderate effectiveness against eczema in clinical studies. (Reference 3) For instance, in a 2000 edition of the European Journal of Medical Research, researchers reported a slight superiority of a chamomile-based cream over a 0.5% steroid preparation. (Reference 4) Case Western University researcher Janmejai K Srivastava and colleagues specifically remark that the active ingredients in Roman chamomile of the Manzana type can relieve eczema with a lower allergy risk than other chamomile preparations. (Reference 3)

Chamomile Active Compounds

A number of chemical substances are responsible for chamomile's medicinal properties. Srivastava and colleagues estimate that the plant contains 0.24 to 1.9 percent volatile oil with approximately 120 organic compounds. Nearly half of these compounds belong to the plant pigment families of terpenoids and flavonoids. Srivastava and colleagues single apigenin out as the most promising of the flavonoids in chamomile.(Reference 3)

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Maggie Hira has been writing professionally since 2006. She has written for numerous websites and print publications, including "LA.Direct Magazine" and The Budget Fashionista. Hira holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Los Angeles.