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German chamomile contains a mixture of compounds that have been recognized for their soothing
properties. The essential oil from the chamomile flower in particular promotes soothing and can reduce
irritation as well. The variety of German chamomile we use also has less than 0.1% anthecotulid (an allergenic
principle) so its irritancy potential is especially low. Our gentle, clean extraction technique (which does
not generate chemical waste) draws out the most potent actives in chamomile. We use what’s called a
supercritical extraction method, which puts carbon dioxide under special heat and pressure conditions so it
behaves like a liquid and can be used to extract ingredients from plants. We collect our CO2 from the surface
of volcanoes, which release around 3% of the total CO2 into the atmosphere.
Calendula could be a possibility; we also experimented with licorice (glycyrrhizin), but the texture
of the finished product was too rubbery. German chamomile overall was the best fit because it has such a
strong, clinically proven history of use as a soothing ingredient.
Those with known allergies to the aster family (also known as the sunflower family) may experience
allergic reactions with chamomile as well. Tom’s of Maine recognizes that no two people are alike, and even
with pure and natural ingredients, some individuals may develop an allergic reaction that is unique to them.
As with any product, be sure to discontinue use if you experience discomfort or other indications that the
product may not be appropriate for your individual body chemistry.
German chamomile, an annual native to Europe and western Asia, has been used medicinally for
centuries. Today it is still one of the most popular herbs, found in teas as well as in many personal care
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