Ayurvedic Herbal-Floral Facial Steam

For the past year, I have been studying the beautiful science of Ayurveda. Ayurveda in a nutshell is an ancient Indian medical science that builds on the elements of nature. Further, Ayurveda helps us to better understand the effects that nature can have on our bodies. One area of Ayurveda that has been most interesting to me is Ayurvedic Skin Care regimens. As I have oily skin, I began researching and testing Ayurvedic recipes that would suit my skin type. My most favorite recipe that I discovered is that for Ayurvedic Herbal Facial Steam. Steaming your face is essential in beauty care regimens as it helps to boost facial circulation and it helps to open up the pores, bringing dirt and toxins to the surface of the skin. Steaming the skin is wonderful to do about once a week for normal to oily skin types.  I have posted the recipe below.  As always, please ensure that you do not have any allergies to any of the ingredients prior to testing this recipe.  Enjoy! =)

Ayurvedic Herbal-Floral Facial Steam For Oily Skin


  • 2 pints of spring water
  • Handful of dried bay leaves
  • Handful of dried licorice
  • Handful of dried comfrey
  • Handful of dried fennel
  • Handful of dried lavender
  • Handful of dried lemon balm
  • Handful of dried lemon grass
  • Handful of dried roses
  • Juniper, cypress, and lemon essential oils (1 drop of each)


  1. Bring the spring water to a boil in a pot over the stove;
  2. Add two handfuls of the herbal/floral combination;
  3. Remove from heat;
  4. Cover and allow to steep for a few minutes;
  5. Transfer the herbal/floral water to a room temperature pot;
  6. Add one drop of juniper, lemon, and cypress essential oil;
  7. Place your face close enough to the pot so that you feel the steam beginning to clear out your pores, being careful not to get to close to avoid burning. (Optional—you can place a towel behind the back of your head as your head hangs over the pot, if you want a more intense steaming experience);
  8. I recommend steaming for about 5 minutes. That seems to be a sufficient enough amount of time to warm the skin and clear out your pores.