Infusión de Camomila y Manzanilla
(Anthemis nobilis and Matricaria chamomilla)
The most commonly used varieties of chamomile are Roman chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) and German chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla, syn. M. recutita). Though we do use both, we favour the German variety, known as chamomile blue and scented mayweed.
German chamomile is a sweetly scented annual or biennial with branched stems and finely divided leaves. Daisy-like flowers are produced from early summer to autumn. Flowers are collected when first fully opened and used in many ways.
Roman chamomile (Anthemis nobillis) is a mat forming, evergreen perennial with aromatic, finely-divided leaves. In summer, long-stalked, solitary flowers with yellow discs and creamy ray florets are produced.
Chamomile flowers are collected when they are in full bloom and used fresh, frozen, or dried. The dried flowers only keep for one year. These are used for infusions, liquid extracts, powders and vinegars.
Chamomile is one of the gentlest essential oils, making it suitable for children. It is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, bactericidal and sedative. Aromatherapists have used it to treat bruises, allergies, stress and depression. It is helpful for sensitive skins. It is used in aromatherapy to help hormone fluctuations and to ease period pains.
Chamomile’s colouring ability is due to a weak, non-volatile yellow colouring matter called apigin, which acts as a weak dye. It is slow acting and needs to be applied regularly, making the chamomile infusion an ideal ingredient in Marilyn, our intensive hair treatment for blondes. The conditioner uses both the chamomiles in the infusion to brighten, lighten and add shine to the hair.