THE SECRETS OF CHAMOMILE: CHEMICAL FOCUS

1 Posted by - August 8, 2016 - Oil Science

Chamomile, which is thought to be one of the most ancient herbs known to mankind, is a popular essential oil, primarily because of the many benefits it offers. Although it contains a number of active chemicals, apigenin and alpha-bisabolol are considered to be two of its most important and powerful constituents. The following examines just a few of the benefits related apigenin and alpha-bisabolol.

APIGENIN

According to researchers at Ohio State University, apigenin has the ability to shorten the breast cancer cells’ lifespans [1]. By binding to protein, apigenin alters the gene regulation of cancer cells, which causes them to return to normal cell protocol and eventually die off. An OSU study determined that apigenin can stop the continued spread of cancer cells, which also assisting in cancer treatment.

In addition, the apigenin contained in chamomile essential oil helps decrease stress and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), and depression. According to research, the constituent enhances antidepressant properties and mediates the effect of dopamine in the brain [2].

ALPHA-BISABOLOL

The scent of alpha-bisabolol is one reason this constituent is often used to add fragrance to skin and personal care products. Alpha-bisabolol has also been found to have a powerful impact on eczema, though researchers are still trying to determine how. In one study, it was found to be around 60% more effective at treating eczema that 0.25% hydrocortisone cream [3].

Bisabolol has also demonstrated an ability to improve the look of damaged skin by stimulating the skin’s healing process, as well as inhibit the signs of aging, thanks to the large amounts of antioxidants it contains [4].


[1] http://www.medicaldaily.com/chamomile-tea-wards-big-c-how-apigenin-reduces-cancers-superpowers-246129

[2] http://www.raysahelian.com/apigenin.html

[3] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2995283/

[4] https://blog.honest.com/what-is-bisabolol/#

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