Aromatherapy Facial Steam
Posted on July 25th, 2016
One of my favourite things to do for relaxation and peace of mind is an aromatherapy facial steam. It’s easy to do at home, and aids in grounding and rejuvenation.
It may be tricky the first few weeks post-surgery so I recommend waiting until you’re more independent unless if you have help. A facial steam can be done over the sink with a towel over the head, however, I recommend a large bowl so that you can be seated and relax deeper into a state of peace.
Facial steams clean the pores, ridding the skin of any impurities or dirt that has accumulated. It also increases circulation and opens up the skin to become more receptive to any additional treatment you might like to use (facemask, serum, eye cream etc).
In Ayurveda, sweating svedhana is one of the therapeutic processes of Pancha Karma because the steam releases toxins. Pancha Karma is a detoxification treatment using various methods, like Abhyanga (oil massage), that is adjusted to an individual’s specific dosha. Pancha Karma corrects imbalances and removes excess dosha so we can return to our normal peaceful state.
Adding a few drops of essential oils is great to aid the mind. Lavender, lemon, peppermint, bergamot and ylang ylang oils are great for stress relief. Sage is wonderful if you are looking for balancing and clarity. Jasmine is a personal favourite as I find it’s a lovely scent perfect for boosting self-confidence and connecting you to your inner god or goddess! Facial steams only require about 2-3 drops as the oil is very potent.
How to do the facial steam:
1. Wash your face.
2. Bring a small amount of water to a boil.
3. Pour the water into a large bowl.
4. Place face over the water with a towel overhead to contain the steam.
5. Relax for 10-15 mins.
6. Use facemask, toner (to close pores) & add any serum and creams that you use in your normal routine.
Hope the facial steam aids in a good detox, especially if you’ve been taking any pain medicine, it’s always a good to release toxins for optimal healing. Enjoy! Namaste.