How To: Facial Steam

This week on The Weekly Apothecary, it is facial steaming time!  With winter sickness behind us, springtime is a dramatic shift that we undergo.  It can be a time for spring cleansing.  Another healthy way to cope with this shift is to nourish, replenish, and support your self!

While facial steams are powerfully healing during times of congestion and discomfort, they are also really great to relax and tone the skin.  The skin is constantly growing new cells, and the last layer of dead cells naturally dissolves.  Since the skin is the largest organ of the body, skin care is just as important as food and tea, which nourish the insides!

The recipe below is a combination of herbs that will soothe, nourish, relax, and tone the skin.  Lavender is great for headaches, healing trauma, and relaxation.  Comfrey is helpful in jumpstarting the growth of new skin.  Calendula is a gentle flower to soothe and to nourish.

A simple combination of herbs:    

1 Tbs calendula flowers    

1 Tbs comfrey leaves    

1 Tbs lavender flowers    

Per 4 cups of fresh, filtered or spring water

In a large pot, bring water to a simmer, add the combination of herbs, turn the heat down, and simmer for 5 minutes.  Then, set the pot in a place where it would be comfortable to sit with a towel like a tent over your head and over the steam of the pot.  Be careful not to burn yourself, but be sure that the infusion is hot enough so that it is steaming.

Enjoy the warmth of the steam on your face.  This will leave your skin feeling silky and fresh.  It is a perfect nighttime activity to unwind.  Also note that the infusion can be stored in a glass jar, refrigerated, and reheated within a 24-hour period.

Happy steaming!

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