Basic Herbal Facial Steam Recipe:
1 quart water
1 large handful of herbs (chosen to suit your skin's needs)
5 drops of essential oils (chosen for your skin's needs) (optional)
Bring water to a boil in a 2 quart sauce pan, remove from heat and throw in your herbs and cover for 5-10 minutes. Remove lid, add your essential oils and hover over the pot with a towel draped over your head to keep the steam from escaping. Steam your face for 10 minutes.
How to chose the herbs right for you:
Most skin types can combine Lavendar, Rose and Chamomile for cleansing properties, rejuvenation, reduce puffiness or irritations and calming
Calendula, Rose petals and Lavender
Essential oils (pick 1 or 2):Lavendar,Rose or Geranium
*Dry skin can be sensitive so let the steam cool a little before starting and only steam face for 5 mins.
Red clover flowers, Rose petals, Elder flowers and St John's Wort or Comfrey Leaves
Essential Oils(pick 1 or 2): Cypress,Patchouli,Rosemary, Ylang-ylang or Sandalwood
Yarrow or Witch hazel with Lavender and Rose
Essential Oils(pick 1 or 2):Normalizing: Basil, Eucalyptus,Rosmary or Ylang-ylang
To slow down oil production: Sage or Lemongrass
Good all around: Geranium or rose
Calendula, lavender and rose
Essential oils: Geranium or lavender
Marshmallow or Comfrey, and Gotu Kola
Essential Oils(pick 1 or 2): Anti-aging: Lavender, Geranium or Rose
Rejuvenate: Jasmine, Frankincense or myrrh
Dryness: Rose hip seed oil
Red clover flowers or licorice root and strawberry leaves
Essential Oils(Pick 1 or 2): Antiseptic: Spike lavender,Eucalyptus or Sage
If you have dryness alone with acne: Rosemary or Tea Tree
Healing: Lavender,Geranium or Rosemary
Lavender may help slow wrinkles
*you can find dried herbs at any natural foods store however specialty herbal stores may have more variety. In the Denver Area to of my go-to spots are Vitamin Cottage and Artemisia and Rue
*Keep in mind that your skin type and needs may change throughout the year
*Your skin should feel refreshed and moisterized afterward. If it feels tight or irritated the heat may be too intense or herb choses may irritate your skin. If you wish to try again let the water cool a little first or try a shorter duration.
* Once a week is appropriate for almost all skin types you can alter the frequency based on your needs anywhere from once every couple of weeks to twice a week.