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Homemade Herbal Facial Steams

Updated on June 30, 2013
Homemade Herbal Facial Steams
Homemade Herbal Facial Steams | Source

Gardening Inspiration ~

Growing herbs is something any of us can enjoy and have fun with in the kitchen. Whether you grow your chosen herbs in the garden, in a herb wall or in an unusual gardening container in the kitchen, facial steams are an amazing way of utilizing these powerful plants.

I love herbs and growing up we always had a plentiful supply including Mint, Lavender, Chives, Rosemary and Thyme. We would frequently be cutting sprigs and using them as flavoring in Mum’s culinary dishes.

Wandering around the back garden and rubbing the various leaves, petals and spikes, inhaling the aromatic oils now on my skin, my mind would often wander to a bygone time.The front garden, equally hypnotic, was awash with the vibrant purple lavender and its unmistakable heady scent in the summer months.

Drying Herbs and Petals

prepare your winter stock of dried herbs.
prepare your winter stock of dried herbs. | Source

Herbal Facial Steam ~

Using your herbs for a facial steam is an excellent way of incorporating your garden into your beauty regime that does not have you cost you a cent unlike the facials provided in spas and beauty salons.

As a Beauty Therapist I regularly did face steaming for clients having facials, it was a given and expected preparation treatment.

With fresh herbs in the summer you can then dry them for using in the cold winter months to avail of the benefits all year. Other beneficial homemade ways of using your herbs are to make homemade herbal skin toner, potpourri, easy air freshener, herbal facial mask and infused oil.

When Not to Facial Steam ~

  • Hypersensitive Skin
  • Arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
  • Acne Rosacea
  • Thread Veins
  • Broken Capillaries
  • Skin Erythema (redness)
  • Allergies
  • Sunburn
  • After a Face Peel
  • Cuts, Abrasions and Bruising
  • Pregnancy (check with doctor first)

Benefits of a Facial Steam ~

  • Eliminates Toxins
  • Unplugs Grime and Dirt
  • Removes Excess Oil
  • Loosens Blackheads
  • Plumps Out Wrinkles
  • Anti-Ageing
  • Cleansing
  • Hydrating
  • Removes Dead Skin Cells
  • Helps Heal Acne Scars
  • Pimples
  • Increases Blood Flow
  • Improves Skin Color
  • Stimulates Circulation
  • Relaxes Muscles
  • Skin Softening

Scent of Roses

one of the most popular scents in essential oils it is extremely cleansing and moisturizing for dry skin.
one of the most popular scents in essential oils it is extremely cleansing and moisturizing for dry skin. | Source

Chamomile

soothing and calming for the skin.
soothing and calming for the skin. | Source

Calendula officinalis - Marigold

also known as marigold is widely grown and the most popular one cultivated for cosmetic and herbal use is  Calendula officinalis.
also known as marigold is widely grown and the most popular one cultivated for cosmetic and herbal use is Calendula officinalis. | Source

Rosemary

a favorite for use in facial steaming and for numerous skin products due to its clarifying, deep cleansing and antibacterial properties, to name a few.
a favorite for use in facial steaming and for numerous skin products due to its clarifying, deep cleansing and antibacterial properties, to name a few. | Source

Suzie's Steams ~

These recipes are to show the variety you may use depending on what you have available and what type of skin you have. Use as few or as many as you wish and it is so simple using minimal equipment, you can easily do this once a week or once a month as part of a DIY Facial. If you wish you may add a few drops of essential oils to add to the benefits.

For best results, do this steam after you have done a gentle face exfoliation which will have improved the skin color and texture by removing all the dead skin cells.

Normal to Dry Skin Steam ~

Chamomile

Calendula

Confrey Leaf

Lavender

Rose Petals

Lemon Balm

You Will Need:

Large Saucepan with Lid

4 pints / 2 litres Distilled Water

Towel

Large Glass Jar (for storing excess)

Method:

  • Collect a good bunch (couple of handfuls) of your herbs and petals.
  • Bring your saucepan of water to boiling.
  • Add in your herbs and cover with the lid. Turn down to simmer for 3 minutes.
  • Turn off heat and remove pot to a heatproof surface that will enable you to sit in front of comfortably. Kitchen table is an ideal height.
  • Leaning over the pot (about 12 inches from pot surface, not right up close), drape a large thick towel over your head and bowel which will capture all the gorgeous infused steam.
  • Adjust temperature (as it will get hot) by moving slightly or raising the towel to allow some cool air in.
  • Do this for 5 to 10 minutes, no longer.
  • Splash your face with some of the cooled herbal water and then do a final splash of cool water.
  • Apply Rosewater onto the skin via a dampened piece of cottonwool.
  • Pat the skin dry and apply moisturizer.
  • If going out into sunlight don't forget to apply sunscreen.

Normal to Oily Skin Steam ~

Calendula

Comfrey Leaf

Raspberry Leaf

Rosemary

Eucalyptus

Peppermint

(Lemon Verbena, Thyme or Sage are suitable too)

Method:

Make up the same way as the normal to dry skin recipe.

Be Creative With Herbs

planting herbs can be fun and something to enjoy with the kids and get them interested in healthy herbs.
planting herbs can be fun and something to enjoy with the kids and get them interested in healthy herbs. | Source

Easy Steam Recipe ~

1 – 2 tbsp Dried Rosemary (2 – 3 sprigs fresh rosemary)

1 – 2 tbsp Dried Lavender (2 – 3 sprigs fresh lavender)

Method:

  • Add your herbs into a saucepan with 3 cups of distilled or purified water.
  • Bring it to a boil and remove from heat once boiling.
  • Leave for a few minutes and then cover your head with a towel over the saucepan.
  • Breathe deeply and avail of the therapeutic benefits.
  • Do this for 5 – 10 minutes before splashing the face with the herbal water. Splash with cool water before patting the skin dry.
  • Apply your regular moisturizer or sunscreen.
  • Use one herb if it suits or use a combination.

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Credit to sharkye11 ~

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      vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

      I haven't done a facial steam in years and hadn't even thought about it until reading your Hub. This is something I'd definitely like to try, and your instructions are so helpful! I loved your opening paragraph--such nice, evocative childhood memories. Thanks for another great one, Suzie! I hope you had a relaxing weekend. Voted up, shared and pinned...of course. : )

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Vespa,

      I had not done one either in quite awhile and got the idea when out walking and seeing some wild herbs growing. Then at my apartment i was cutting back some lavender that was growing through my balcony (in a communal area) and decided to keep it and use in different ways. I love herbs and miss the family garden so have to do in containers for now until we move and then hopefully I will do a herb plot / garden. Thanks for commenting my friend, it is good to see you. Hope the new job is working out well and enjoying your "free time" on days off. Appreciate your votes, shares and pin as always!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Really, really great tips! I bought a planter for my patio and tried to grow a few herbs. They lasted a week. Too hot but I don't have direct sunlight inside. :(

      Thank you for all these good ideas! Up+ and pinning!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Randi,

      Many thanks for the comment, sorry to hear your herbs did not survive the heat. I know your temps are seriously hot in summer. Maybe a few indoors would still grow near a window? Hope you get a supply going. Appreciate your support in votes and pin!!

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      I knew about roses but marigolds? Amazing. You certainly hit all the bases with this one. Your recipes are easy to follow and every time I read one of your hubs I want to try it right away. I think I'll fill the tub with rose petals ;)

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Mary,

      I love finding new things out and then thinking of ways to use them that will make them cost effective. By using the same ingredient in a variety of recipes gives me a certain "buzz"!! Recently I was looking for a product to see what ingredients were in it that I could try making my own version of as I loved the commercial product name. Anyway, one of the ingredients was new, never knew of it and when I looked it up . . . wow, what another great find that I could so use in other recipes for skin and hair! That's what really get the creative juices flowing for this skin diva! LOL

      Thanks so much Mary for all your lovely words, I am with you loving the rose petals alone! Thanks for your votes!!

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I love facial steams and have never thought about the possibility of using herbs for them. I'll have to keep that in mind! Thanks for the great information as always.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Oh, nice! I have had a facial steam before, although not with herbs. The most comfortable one was when I actually went someplace to get a facial, and they steamed my face. They spread this fantastic stuff on my face that smelled citrusy, and then something else that smelled like lavender. But, of course, real herbs are ideal! I'll have to try this sometime! Thank you for sharing this with us, and have a wonderful night!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rose,

      Hope you get to give it a go sometime as it is very easy to do and you can use dried herbs instead or essential oil or citrus peel. Thanks for your interest glad you found it informative!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      The salons and spas will generally have the machine facial steamers and use essential oils much of the time. Glad you enjoyed the experience and this article. Steaming does not get talked about much but with precautions taken it is a fabulous addition to any beauty routine and easy to do. Stay tuned as a DIY Facial is on the way which gives you the opportunity to have your own easily followed facial at a fraction of the cost! Thanks so much as always, really look forward to your comments, ideas, suggestions and banter!

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      I love facial steams. I usually do this with a lavender essential oil and have never tried this with herbs. Now, it reminds me of my grandmother when I was a child and just cured from my asthma attack. She used to boiled herbs that she had collected in our yard or from the woods, cooked them in the pot and put them in a tub mixed with cold water. Then she'd called me to go inside and scrub my thin body with the herbs. It smelled awesome and then I'd slept deep afterwards.

      Thanks for reminding me of my late grandmother. I'll try your way of facial steaming. Have a nice week Suzie!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Thelma,

      What a lovely memory to have of your grandmother, so nice of you to relay this story. Hopefully she would approve of this herbal steam and I hope you have fun trying this out . My grandmother also had some great "cures" and it is always lovely to revisit these memories. Appreciate your interest and for the great support you never fail to deliver. You have a super week too!

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      mjkearn 3 years ago

      Hi Suzie

      Facial steams now this is something I know about and do regularly.

      If you take the top off a hot car cooling system then you get a facial steam.

      Then again you also get 3rd degree burns and a month or two in hospital so maybe I should keep my facial steam recipe to myself, LOL.

      Have a great day.

      MJ.

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      Janet Giessl 3 years ago from Georgia country

      I have never had facial steams as I'm afraid of allergic reactions. I'm a strong allergy sufferer and my skin is also hypersensitive. Anyway, it is nevertheless a great hub as always.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      @ MJ, I don't think that is a very healthy facial steam! Haha. You are wayyyy too funny!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 3 years ago from Chennai, India

      A wonderful hub! I have often used facial steam at home and it really worked wonders for my skin. I add a few drops of organic rose-water for my normal skin. Once again, a well-organized hub with lovely dividers! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up, pinned & shared

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi MJ,

      Good to see you. Your DIY facial steam is certainly an option but somehow i don't see it being cost effective with the aftercare treatments of hospital, burns etc. . .!!!! Mind you it does not seem to have had a negative impact on your Irish complexion so you never know . . . it may catch on with the electric vehicles!! LOL

      Cheers as always for your visit and comment!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Janet,

      You are right to give these a miss if you have hypersensitive skin and allergies so really do appreciate your visit when it is not your cup of tea, means a great deal thank you!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      MJ and health are like two opposites who attract occasionally when it suits! LOL

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi ishwaryaa,

      Many thanks for taking the time to comment and for checking this recipe out. Rosewater is so good for the skin, good on ya!

      Thanks kindly for your lovely words and for votes, shares and pin!

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      Karen Silverman 3 years ago

      i adore a facial steam..it's the best part of the twice-a-year facials that i splurge on...(i admit to adjusting the nozzle closer to my face and throat when the esthetician leaves the room..lol..

      i've come to love your hubs and i'm learning more and more about your background, which all makes perfect sense!

      sharing

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      Om Paramapoonya 3 years ago

      Wonderful hub! I do a facial steam at home about once a week, using a Revlon facial sauna. The easy steam recipe sounds great to me, and the dry ingredients should be able to fit into my facial sauna's tiny base unit. So I'll definitely give it try. Thanks!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Leslie,

      Good to know you are a steam queen fan! You may be interested in my next facial hub showing your own DIY splurge with all the different elements. It is nice to know you are learning a bit more about the mysterious SuzieHQ as you go! LOL No mystery, a few surprises maybe but always good to keep a few gems hidden and release slowly!

      LOl . . . . . Cheers for the interest and sharing, thrilled!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Om,

      HP taking a wobbler as I did reply to this so no idea where it has gone. Many thanks for commenting here and good to know you are a steam fan having already purchased a facial steamer. Cheers for your interest, hope you enjoy these recipes!

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      Guess I missed this, I would also like to try a steam..though be it an easy one. Sounds refreshing and healthful..Thanks as always for a great read...and wonderful ideas. Voting up and pinning.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Carol,

      Many thanks my friend for popping in! Glad you enjoyed the facial steam idea and how easy it is to do. Appreciate your votes and pin, always fabulous receiving the thumbs up from you!!

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      It's interesting that you say there are times it should not be done. That makes it a little more credible for me. Not everything is for everyone all the time. I like the notion of eating herbs and using them in soaps. Applying them to the face in this way is new to me.

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