Herbal Facial Steams

Facial steam recipes you can make at home to deep-clean and revive your skin


Using herbal aromatherapy facial steams (also called facial saunas) once a week is an excellent way to cleanse and revitalize your skin (especially good for oily, acne-prone skin.) Face steams open up the pores, helping to get rid of excess oil, along with deep-down dirt and grime.

They're perfect for preparing your skin for a facial mask or other treatment.

Facial saunas can also be used to soften stubborn blackheads, making them easier to remove. Click here for tips on blackhead removal.

Here's the basic method for making a herbal facial steam:

  1. Combine the dried herbs and flowers in a dark glass or PET plastic jar.
  2. Drop in the essential oils, placing each drop in its own little spot on top of the mixture. Shake well to combine.
  3. Wait 24 hours before using to let the mixture "cure".
  4. To use, throw a handful of the herbal mixture into a large pot with a lid. Add between and quart and 2 quarts (1 to 2 liters) water and bring to a boil.
  5. Remove from the heat and allow to steep (with the lid on) for 5 minutes.
  6. Place the pot on a table (use a thick mat to protect the table!) remove the lid and use a towel to make a tent over your head and the steaming pot of herbs.
  7. Stay in the 'tent' for 10 minutes, coming out for air whenever you need to. Do not burn your face!

Facial Steam Recipe for Dry, Mature or Sensitive Skin

Chamomile, rose petals and comfrey create a soothing steam for dry or irritated skin.

2 tablespoons dried Chamomile

2 tablespoons dried Rose petals

2 tablespoons dried Elderflower or Comfrey Leaf

5 drops Frankincense essential oil

2 drops Helichrysum essential oil

2 drops Sandalwood essential oil

1 drop Rose essential oil

1 drop Chamomile essential oil

Facial Steam Recipe for Normal or Combination Skin

Calendula, chamomile, lavender and rose petals make a sweetly scented steam to open up, cleanse and soothe normal or combination skin.

2 tablespoons dried Chamomile

2 tablespoons dried Rose petals

2 tablespoons dried Calendula

2 tablespoons dried Lavender flowers

5 drops Lavender essential oil

2 drops Palmarosa essential oil

1 drop Geranium essential oil

1 drop Ylang Ylang essential oil

1 drop Chamomile essential oil

Facial Steam Recipe for Oily, Acne Prone Skin

This recipe includes rosemary, parsley and peppermint to deep clean and refresh skin. Lavender heals and soothes, while lemon tones.

1/4 cup dried Rosemary leaves

1/4 cup dried Parsley leaves

1/4 cup dried Lavender flowers

2 tablespoons dried Peppermint leaves

10 drops Lavender essential oil

5 drops Bergamot OR Lemon essential oil

1/2 lemon, sliced (optional)

Facial Sauna Quick Trick

If you don't have the time, energy or money to collect all the herbs, simplify! Depending on your skin type, choose one of the above recipes, then just use the essential oils.

Reduce the number of drops so you have a total of 3 to 4 drops - essential oils are strong, and you don't want to overdo it. You're going have to to choose which essential oils to leave out because the recipes don't break down perfectly into 3 drop bunches. Eliminate some oils, reduce others. Let your nose guide you!


What Next?

More! There's lots more great aromatherapy facial recipes you can make for every step of your skincare regimen. They're yummy, fun and effective - Check them out!

Homemade Facial Scrubs

Homemade Face Masks

Homemade Facial Moisturizers

Homemade Skin Toner Recipes

Homemade Facials

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