Lavender steam: An easy natural home remedy
01.28.11 Lavender steam: An easy natural home remedy
Steaming your face is both relaxing and beneficial to the health of your skin. While steaming the face is the best way to thoroughly deep clean your pores, it's also important to loosen debris that may be embedded into the skin. Try this simple and easy home remedy as a reward to a long and cold week. For the ultimate spa-like experience, wear a luxurious organic bamboo and cotton robe to prepare for the relaxing regimen. Using a large bowl -- I love using the Lys glass bowl because it's safe, non-toxic glass and big enough to comfortably drape myself over top. Make sure the water is hot enough to produce steam but not scalding (be careful not to burn yourself!). Lean over the surface of the water (about 6 to 8 inches) with an organic bamboo and cotton towel forming a "tent" over your head. This will allow the fragrant steam to gently open the clogged pores and release impurities, cleaning the skin from the inside-out. Splash face with cooler water and pat dry.
Remember to cover the whole perimeter of the bowl when steaming your face, as it helps keep all the billow in. Add herbs to your steams like thyme, peppermint or rosemary, if your skin is oily. For those who tend to have sensitive skin, try using chamomile and for normal skin, geranium, calendula or lavender work well. The herbs nourish and heal the skin while also purging toxins. You can usually find dried herbs in bulk at most health food stores.
Feeling congested? Adding a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil to hot water creates a soothing steam to help aid with colds and sinus congestion.
Afterwards cozy up in some warm pajamas or a luxurious robe, light an aromatherapy candle and remember to drink plenty of water, making sure to keep your skin fully hydrated.
Please share your ideas for relaxing and staying healthy?