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Herbal DIY Facial Steam

This herbal diy facial steam can be made with any volatile oil-rich culinary herbs and spices you have onhand. Try thyme (Thymus vulgaris) aerial parts, rosemary (Rosmarinus offcinalis) aerial parts, sage(Salvia officinalis) aerial parts, basil (Ocimum basilicum) aerial parts, marjoram (Origanummajorana) aerial parts, mint (Mentha spp.) aerial parts, bee balm (Monarda fistulosa or M. didyma)aerial parts, cinnamon (Cinnamomum spp.) bark, clove (Syzygium aromaticum) bud, citrus peels, or any combination of these.
Prep Time5 mins

Equipment

  • kettle to boil water
  • 1 wooden spoon
  • 1 towel

Materials

  • ¼ cup dried herbs chopped aerial parts
  • 4-6 cups 32-48 fl oz water

Instructions

  • Place herbs in a large bowl or pot.
  • Bring water to a boil.
  • Pour just-off-the boil water over the herbs. Stir briefly to incorporate the herbs.
  • Cover immediately.
  • Let steep, covered, for 5-10 minutes while the water cools enough for steaming.
  • When the water has cooled to a comfortable steaming temperature, sit in front of the bowl and
  • Place a towel over your head to create a tent.
  • Close your eyes and breathe deeply while steaming for 5-15 minutes

Notes

I love self-care rituals.  They allow me to "switch off", be present in the moment, and leave me feeling refreshed. This is a really simple one you can do.
herbal steam
The perfect herbal steam bowl.