It can be hard to find documented scientific evidence of the beneficial effects of herbs and I was delighted when I discovered an actual government publication pertaining to the herb Chamomile. I have long been a fan of chamomile tea and chamomile soap, but I don't consider my liking for it as hard evidence of any beneficial effects. I have used chamomile infusions for everything from colds and hiccups to a personal case of pink eye with satisfactory results. When I say satisfactory, I mean that the conditions did resolve during treatment but I cannot make a firm assertion that it was the treatment that caused the resolution rather than just time and the body's own defense mechanisms.
I can attest that using chamomile as treatment did not produce any additional harmful effects for me and my own family, but I cannot say that this is standard for everyone. Some people can be allergic to chamomile, so research and caution is always in order.
If I'm such a chamomile fan, then why don't I scent my chamomile soap with chamomile essential oil? Alas, the price of this precious oil is prohibitive and to give a soap a satisfying boost would also make the soap cost around fifteen dollars for materials per bar. (This is accounting for the use of premium quality essential oil) I can't expect people to be willing to pay that much for a bod washing in these tough economic times! The chamomile soap that I make does have a faint chamomile scent due to the way that I incorporate the herb, but is is much less powerful than the scent essential oil would impart. This can be a good thing for the extra sensitive nasal neurons and extra sensitive skins.
I'm not going to reiterate the findings published in the article I found because it is all said quite well, so here is the link: _http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2995283/
Please check this information out!