Herbal Face and Sinus Steam

Weekly herbal face steaming is very beneficial to your skin, and it’s easy to do at home.

Forget the expensive facial treatments, and opt for this herbal face steam instead.

With all of the dirt, pollution and toxins we’re exposed to on a daily basis, our skin can really take a beating.  The nutrients from the herbs get deep into pores to clear them out, and give your skin its natural glow back.

Not all skin is the same, right?  There are herbs for different skin types.  Below is a list of herbs that will detox dry, oily, mature, and sensitive skin.  You’ll also find herbs for acne and other problem skin.

Herbal facials are also very relaxing, blissful, and rejuvenating.  Who needs a little of these after a long day?  Be good to yourself.

DIY Herbal Face Steam

To make your own face steam, you will need:

  • Boiling water, distilled if possible
  • Choice of herbs
  • large bowl
  • towel

Place herbs in bowl, and carefully pour boiling water over herbs.  Leaning your head over the bowl, drape a towel over your head and around the bowl.  By doing this, the steam will surround your face and head.

Always keep your eyes closed, because the steam will be too hot for your eyes.  You can raise the towel to allow air in if you get too hot.

After the facial, rinse with cool water, and apply a good oil as listed below.

This is a great method if you have sinus problems or an ear ache.


Herbs To Use For Your Skin Type

Use one teaspoon of one or more of the following herbs for your specific skin type or problem.

Dry Skin

If you have dry skin, an herbal facial steam may help stimulate oil production while increasing circulation and removing impurities. To prevent over drying, steam your face five minutes, and once a week. People suffering from dry skin may have under active oil production.


  • Lavender Flowers
  • Chamomile Flowers
  • Alfalfa Leaves
  • Rosemary Leaves
  • Fennel Seed 
  • Rose Petals
  • Peppermint Leaves (a pinch)
  • Comfrey Leaves or Root

After facial, use almond oil, apricot kernel oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, hazelnut oil, hemp seed oil, macadamia nut oil, or sunflower seed oil.

Oily and Acne Skin

Oily skin normally results in overactive oil gland production, common in teens and some adults. Facial steams for oily skin typically include herbs credited with addressing excess oil production as well as soothing inflamed or acne-ridden skin. Consider using a facial steam at least once a week to slow oil production and unclog pores.

Eucalyptus leaves and a drop of Tea Tree essential oil is good for acne skin.


  • Chamomile Flowers
  • Lemongrass Leaves
  • Lavender Flowers
  • Rosemary Leaves
  • Eucalyptus Leaves
  • Witch Hazel Leaves
  • Rose Petals
  • Licorice Root
  • Anise Seed
  • Fennel Seed
  • Strawberry, Raspberry, or Blackberry Leaves
  • Sage Leaves
  • Lemon Verbena
  • Juniper Berries
  • Peppermint Leaves

After facial, use apricot kernel oil, argan oil, coconut oil, flaxseed oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, or sesame seed oil.

Mature  Skin

Many of the herbs used for the dry skin herbal facial work well for mature because the related issue involves the under-production of sebum, which slows as we age. Do not use a facial steam for more than five minutes or more often than once a week.

Apply vitamin E and vitamin A capsule around the eyes and on wrinkled areas of the face and neck before steaming.


  • Dandelion Root
  • Comfrey Root or Leaf
  • Chamomile Flowers
  • Licorice Root
  • Marshmallow Root
  • Rose Petals
  • Lavender Flowers

After the facial, use apricot kernel oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil, hazelnut oil, hemp seed oil, macadamia nut oil, rose hip oil, or sunflower seed oil

cup of chamomile tea with chamomile flowers

Sensitive Skin

This is the skin I can relate too, because I have very sensitive skin.  I have to be very careful with what products I use on my skin.  Here are some herbs I have had good results from.  Enjoy an herbal face steam once a week for five minutes.


  • Chamomile Flowers
  • Lavender Flowers
  • Calendula Flowers
  • Rose Petals
  • Orange Peel
  • Marshmallow Root
  • Peppermint Leaves

After facial, use apricot kernel oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, evening primrose oil, grapeseed oil, rose hip oil, or sunflower oil.


It’s not a good idea to use steam on rosacea or irritated skin.  Ask your doctor if you are pregnant.

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