How to Steam
Steaming has many benefits – it reduces acne and impurities in the skin, it alleviates mucus, helps you breathe better if you’re not feeling well, and improves the function of the vocal chords.
It is a really simple process, that you can customise to suit whichever goal you need!
Be careful: This tutorial involves handling boiling water and essential oils!
- Add a few drops of essential oils to a washing up bowl, or other non-food bowl.
- Boil water.
- Add boiling water to the bowl, being careful to only fill it two thirds of the way.
- Wait for one – two minutes to allow the water to cool slightly.
- Stand over or sit over the bowl with your face as flat as you can angle it. Do not lower your face to the water. Cover your head and the bowl with a large towel. Make sure there are no large gaps where the steam can escape.
- Take deep breaths in through the nose. Use your diaphragm!
Stay under there until the water cools. You’ll be done when you can no longer feel the steam condense on your face.
If it’s getting a bit much, feel free to come out and let your face cool – be sure to put the towel over the bowl to keep the steam in! If you feel a burning sensation, feel dizzy or start to cough, stop the treatment immediately.
Here are some essential oils for each ailment:
Acne: Tea tree, lavender
Cold/flu: rosemary, citrus oils, sandalwood, rosewood
Vocal chords: sandalwood, rosewood
Energize: Grapefruit, bergamot