It has been years since we’ve offered German Chamomile Hydrosol. In the past, what we’ve been able to source has not had a pleasant scent, although it worked wonders as an anti-inflammatory. This new batch from a US distiller smells—like chamomile!
This is a great hydrosol to moisten baby wipes. It is cooling and soothing for baby’s bottom, and this is our choice of hydrosol for any skin irritation, child or adult. It also makes a wonderfully soothing spray for a sunburn, perhaps better than a cream (for when the sunburn hurts too much to touch). It is one of the hydrosols I recommend as a toner for oily or problem skin. German Chamomile Hydrosol’s powerful anti-inflammatory action makes it the toner of choice for rosacea, couperose, and other inflamed skin conditions. We have seen amazing results from the regular use of this hydrosol as a soothing toner for inflamed skin. Try blending it with some green or white clay for a healing facial masque.
I would use German Chamomile Hydrosol for burns, possibly mixed with an equal portion of Lavender Hydrosol. Suzanne Catty recommends it in a poultice for swollen veins, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and thread veins, either alone, or blended with Witch Hazel or Cistus Hydrosols. She recommends its internal use (both as a beverage or a douche) for candida, thrush, and vaginal infections, as well as internally for digestive spasms.
Madeleine Kerkhof-Knapp Hayes says it is particularly helpful for dry, itchy skin as it soothes inflammation and we have found it a gentle and calming hydrosol for extremely dry eyes or a feeling of “grit,” in the eyes.
Image courtesy of Steven Foster.