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DIY Spa Treatment: A Relaxing Herbal Steam

DIY Spa Treatment: A Relaxing Herbal Steam

Taking a few minutes out of your day a few times a week for a relaxing herbal steam is great for your mind, your body and your skin. It helps remove toxins, dirt and oil from your pores — plus it gives you some time to meditate and ponder what's happened in your day. This simple herbal facial steam recipe takes ten minutes to complete, it's safe, satisfying and will hopefully result in a clearer complexion. Here's what you'll need:

  • A quart of hot water
  • Half of a lemon
  • A handful of fresh cilantro
  • A handful of fresh basil leaves
  • Three drops of rosemary essential oil
  • For easy, step-by-step instructions on how to make your relaxing herbal steam at home,


    • STEP 1: Heat a quart of water in a pot. Once it comes to a boil, pour it into a heat-safe bowl and squeeze the lemon into the water.
    • STEP 2: Immediately add in the fresh cilantro, basil and rosemary oil and lean over so that your face is over the bowl. You should be close enough to feel the steam, but not too close so that you will burn yourself (about eight to twelve inches). Tip: Place a towel over your head and over the bowl to create a tent-like effect. This will help trap the heat for the duration of your steam.
    • STEP 3: Steam your face for ten minutes. Once you've finished, pat your face dry with a clean towel and then splash lukewarm water over your face.


    Jess8902 Jess8902 8 years
    I wonder if it's still as good without the herbs?? Just the water will work too, right?
    JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
    I need an herbal steam but I'm not huge on basil or cilantro. I like flowery or minty herbs instead.
    emalove emalove 9 years
    Sounds really nice, Bella.
    jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 9 years
    Oh I need this!
    aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
    I love anything from LUSH.
    jspeed jspeed 9 years
    ohh, thanks for the tip RetroBunny!
    Retro-Bunny Retro-Bunny 9 years
    That sounds so nice! If people aren't interested in buying all the supplies to make this steam though, LUSH is coming out with these new "Toner Tabs". They're like a mini bath bomb for your skin. You drop one in a steaming bowl of water, and steam your face with it. It will be coming in three different types: sensitive skin (vitamin E), mature skin (vitamin C), and oily/acne prone skin (tea-tree oil). At only 1-2$ a pop, I'm willing to try them!
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