Herbal facial steams are a powerful and relaxing old-school beauty ritual that can easily be done at home.
There are many benefits of steaming:
Steam opens up your pores for a deep release of impurities. When trapped under the surface, these impurities lead to clogged pores and acne.
The warm steam will cause perspiration on your face. Sweat is one of the best methods your body uses to rapidly detoxify. Not only this, but sweating brings nutrients and minerals to the skin’s surface.
It increases blood circulation. You will feel this happening. It may even make your lips tingle.
The warm steam will help clear out sinus congestion. A few drops of eucalyptus oil will really help clear your airways. Doing this can help prevent a cold or flu.
It’s soothing and a great time to meditate.
Additionally, your skin will absorb the beneficial properties of the herbs.
How to prepare:
- Put two quarts of filtered water in a large pot.
- Add your desired herbs.
- Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
- Allow to gently simmer, covered, for about 10 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the heat and let it sit for about 2 minutes, still covered.
What to do:
- First, prep your face by applying moisturizer. This will protect your skin.
- Find a comfortable place to sit at a table or countertop. Remove the pan from the heat and place it on a mat or towel.
- Take another towel and pull it over your head and the pot. Position yourself close enough that the steam is misting your face, but not too close to where it is too hot.
- Steam away for up to 20 minutes. It is a lovely opportunity to meditate and relax your mind.
- Follow up your steam with a splash of cold water to close your pores.
- When you are done you can simply dispose of the water and compost the herbs.
Below are a few recipe cards you can try for your herbal facial steam. Alternatively, experiment with the different combinations of herbs that you have available to you!
Once complete, your skin will be noticeably smoother and softer! For best results, repeat this ritual once a week.
Note: The essential oils are optional and really more for aromatherapy. It is the herbs in plant form that are really benefitting your skin, however breathing in the essential oils will also be therapeutic.
Bonus: For an even deeper clean, follow your steam with a bentonite clay mask, which will work to draw out toxins and impurities. Check out the kind I like to use, Indian Healing Clay on Amazon, which also has a variety of other cool uses and benefits for your health and beauty.