5 Minute DIY Herbal Steam Facial Recipe

Herbs are abundant during the summer months.  Outdoor activity, dirt and sweat are also prevalent. Now is a perfect time harvest those herbs, brush off that dirt and treat yourself to an old-fashioned steam facial.

Benefits of facial steaming

Acting as a great detoxifier, facial steaming:

  • Opens your pores
  • Releases dirt, oil, bacteria, toxins and impurities from the skin
  • Stimulates perspiration and increases blood circulation
  • Clears acne
  • Opens the sinuses
  • Leaves your skin glowing and feeling soft

In this herbal steam facial recipe, the herbs heal, soothe and relax the body and the steaming only takes 5 minutes!  Keep reading to learn how to make this do-it-yourself herbal steam facial recipe.

5 minute DIY herbal steam facial recipe

5 minute herbal steam facial recipe

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5 Minute DIY Herbal Steam Facial Recipe


  • Author: Jennifer Regan / Bamboo Core Fitness
  • Prep Time: 2 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 7 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 quarts (1 liter) of filtered, high quality water
  • 1/2-1 cup of your favorite fresh herbs (chamomile, mint, basil, rosemary, sage, peppermint, lavender, thyme, etc.; can be combined in any proportion)

Instructions

  1. Harvest your fresh herbs.
  2. Wash your face and tie your hair back with a hair tie or headband.
  3. In large pot, heat water to boiling.
  4. Gently tear herbs and add to a large bowl.
  5. Remove pot from burner and transfer water to bowl with herbs.
  6. Let steep 1-2 minutes.
  7. When steam is hot but not scalding, carefully lean face over pot, draping a towel over your head and the pot.
  8. Breathe deeply and relax for at least 5-7 minutes or until steam dissipates.
  9. Use towel to pat face dry.
  10. Discard preparation when finished.
  11. Moisturize face with a light natural moisturizer.

Notes

If you do not have any fresh herbs handy, you can use a couple of tea bags instead. Peppermint, lavender or chamomile teas work well.

You can also use essential oils. Note: with concentrated essential oils, a few drops go a long way.

Steaming tips

  • If you do not have any fresh herbs handy, you can use a couple of tea bags instead.  Peppermint, lavender or chamomile teas work well.  You can also use essential oils. Note: with concentrated essential oils, a few drops go a long way.
  • DIY-herbal-steam-facialSelect organic herbs and teas whenever possible.
  • Always wash your face prior to steaming.
  • Be cautious when placing your face close to the hot steam. If you are not careful, you may scald your skin and break capillaries under your skin. When steaming your face, stay 12-18 inches away from the steam.
  • Do not steam longer than 5-7 minutes, as exposing your skin to heat for a long period of time may dry out your skin.
  • The steaming works well if you follow it up with a light exfoliation and natural moisturizer like coconut oil.

Thoughts?

  • Have you tried this DIY herbal steam facial recipe?
  • If so, what do you think?  
  • Is there anything you would change?
  • What kinds of herbs did you use?  
  • Do you have a favorite steam recipe and/or combination of herbs?

References

  1. Golden, M.  Home Spa Recipes and Techniques to Restore and Refresh. New York: Abbeville Press, 1997.  Print.
  2. Howard, Jenni Baden. “20 bad beauty habits.” Daily Mail. (Accessed Oct. 14, 2009)http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4624/20-bad-beauty-habits.html
  3. McCoy, Edain. “Enchantments: 200 Spells for Bath & Beauty Enhancement.” Llewellyn Publications. 2001. (Accessed Sept. 17, 2009)http://books.google.com/books?id=xhbDpBQJVvQC&pg=PA89&dq=home+facial+steaming&lr=&ei=8eKySuWnIqPGNbyo-ewD&client=firefox-a#v=onepage&q=home%20facial%20steaming&f=false

Author Details
Founder and CEO of BambooCore
Jennifer is a certified NASM Personal Trainer, MovNat Trainer, and a C.H.E.K Holistic Lifestyle/Nutrition Coach. As the Founder and CEO of BambooCore Fitness, she delivers sustainable lifestyle, nutrition and movement strategies to people looking to improve their health and performance.

When she is not slaying fat and building muscle, Jennifer can be found trekking barefoot, traveling, cooking and refining her photography skills. She also enjoys reading and writing about food culture, history and the science of human movement.
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Founder and CEO of BambooCore
Jennifer is a certified NASM Personal Trainer, MovNat Trainer, and a C.H.E.K Holistic Lifestyle/Nutrition Coach. As the Founder and CEO of BambooCore Fitness, she delivers sustainable lifestyle, nutrition and movement strategies to people looking to improve their health and performance.

When she is not slaying fat and building muscle, Jennifer can be found trekking barefoot, traveling, cooking and refining her photography skills. She also enjoys reading and writing about food culture, history and the science of human movement.

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