Old Fashioned Herbal Steam Facial

This is a great way to keep your complexion lovely well into old age. The skin of the face improves with the help of the humidity and the temperature of a facial steam. This effect is intensified with the addition of either a mixture of herbs or from specific herbs for a certain purpose. This is recommended in particular for skin with large pores or impurities.

A general mixture of dried herbs for improving the skin of the face and neck includes:

Essential herbs:

  • Sage (whole leaves)
  • Peppermint (whole or shredded)
  • Chamomile flowers

Other helpful herbs:

  • Basil
  • Lime flowers
  • Lemon Verbena (leaves)
  • Jasmine flowers
  • Rose petals
  • Elder flowers
  • Marigold flowers
  • Nasturtium flowers
  • Cornflowers
  • Lavender flowers
  • Nettle leaves
  • Fennel
  • Yarrow flowers
  • Calendula flowers

Add the herbs to steaming hot water in a large bowl, which you place on a steady table. Drape a large towel over your head and shoulders and evelop yourself and the bowl in this towel tent. Occasionally lift the tent if you need some cool, fresh air. Be careful to keep your face at least a foot away from the steam.

Examine your skin after five to ten minutes under the facial sauna and notice how plump and smooth your skin is! Limes seem to disappear and your skin will feel very soft. Great-grandma’s secret homemade beauty recipes still work today.

Facial steams should not be used on very dry skin–it is usually too thin and too sensitive to heat, especially if there are dilated red veins visible on the face. The steam facial is also not good for people with heart trouble or difficulties in breathing (although it can also be helpful for asthma if you add mullein leaves-but be very careful if you try this).

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