How to Make Herbal Face Steam and Why is so Useful?
Have you ever tried to make herbal face steam by yourself?
We almost all enjoy in a mug of warm tea or we enjoy taking shower in a steamy “room”. We inhale the steam and we use every benefit. Depending on what we are drinking, this could have benefits other than just the temporary relief the steam provided. If cough or congestion strikes this year, this technique is a good one to keep in mind.
Herbal Face Steam Benefits
Besides the amazing soothing warmth of steam on the face during cold or illness, there are two additional benefits. Those benefits become stronger especially if we add herbs to the mix:
We often use steam in spas as part of a facial treatment. Facial steams are touted for their ability to soften skin, open pores and improve circulation.
Herbal steams are great for use for their ability to sooth coughing and congestion during illness. You can add dried herbs to the mix for additional extra benefits.
Inhaling steam can help relief from coughing and loosen congestion. If you catch a cold, do not hesitate to use an herbal face steam before bed. It will help you fall asleep.
How to Do Herbal Face Steam?
The best part is that they take literally 3 minutes to prepare. Also, they are very simple to make with herbs you probably have in your kitchen.
Ingredients for Herbal Face Steam
- a large pot or a large bowl and tea kettle
- 1 tablespoon each of desired herbs: thyme, basil, rosemary, oregano, lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, etc
- 2 large towels
How to prepare?
In the bottom of a large pot put about an inch of water and boil. If using a bowl, boil water in a pot or tea kettle and pour into the bowl.
Fold a towel in half and place on a heat-proof,sturdy and flat surface like a counter or table. Place the bowl or pot on top of this towel.
Add any dried herbs, stir gently and cover with a lid for about 2 minutes.
Herbal Face Steam Instructions
Make sure te temperature isn’t too hot for your face. You will see this by removing the lid. Lean over the pot and cover head with a towel to create a tent. Leave as little air escape as you can.
Slowly breathe in the steam for around 10 minutes. Take time to relax! Try to breathe in through the nose and breathe out slowly through the mouth. If needed, let any mucus fall into the pot.
When finished, do not reuse the herbs or the liquid again. For skin benefits, we suggest to wipe your face with a 50/50 mix of water and apple cider vinegar. After a face steam it will tone skin and remove anything that has loosened from the pores.
For face steams, some people use essential oils. It is also acceptable but it will “change” the effect of the natural herbs.
We do not recommend face steams for young children due to the potential heat of the steam. Pregnant women shouldn’t use this due to the potential effects of the herbs. They should first check with a medical professional.