A Recipe for a Comforting Chamomile Tea Steam

A chamomile tea steam is a wonderful, soothing way to enjoy even more of the health benefits of chamomile tea! A therapeutic chamomile herbal tea steam is a comforting, gentle remedy when you're suffering from a cold or flu.

Quick to ease nasal and sinus congestion, a stubborn cough, a phlegmy throat, and a runny nose, this steam will help to lift the emotional stress and fatigue we often experience while battling a seasonal virus, too.

And, a chamomile steam provides impressive benefits for skin health and wellness, as well!

You will love how this tea steam minimizes and cleanses clogged pores, reduces blemishes, relaxes tight (stressed!) facial muscles, and leaves your skin looking and feeling softer, smoother, brighter, and younger.

A Chamomile Herbal Tea Steam

You'll need...

  • 4 - 5 cups just-boiled, clean, fresh water
  • A large covered bowl or pot, or you can use a facial steamer, like the ConAir Facial Sauna System, which heats and releases steam directly onto your face during your relaxing chamomile tea steam
  • 2 - 3 teaspoons dried chamomile or loose chamomile tea, or 2 or 3 chamomile teabags
  • A large, clean, soft bath towel
Chamomile tea steam
  • A kitchen timer (or some other sort of timer)
  • Optional - you may want to keep a box of tissues nearby! :)

When you're ready to steam...

Place the bowl on a stable table or countertop. Be sure to choose a place where you can sit or stand comfortably (and safely, with no risk of the bowl overturning) during your steam.

Pour in the just-boiled water, and then add the loose chamomile tea or teabags. Cover the bowl, and let the tea steep and cool for at least 5 minutes.

While you're waiting, if you have long hair, you may want to pin it away from your face with a headband or hair clip. And, to enjoy the benefits of the chamomile tea steam for your skin, remove any makeup with a gentle cleanser.

When the tea is steaming slightly and still quite warm (but not so hot that it could burn you), set the timer for 10 minutes. 

Drape the bath towel over your head and wrap it around the bowl, too, so it forms a tent to enclose the steam. (If the steam still feels too hot on your skin or is quite difficult to inhale, let the tea cool for a few more minutes.)

If you're using a facial steamer, you don't need to use a towel to trap in the steam. Simply strain the tea, carefully pour the recommended amount into the facial steamer, and then relax and enjoy the steam according to the instructions provided with the steamer.

Close your eyes (and keep them closed), relax, and inhale the warm, soothing vapors of the tea. Try to keep your face about 8 to 10 inches away from the tea, and breathe deeply through your nose and through your mouth, too, to enjoy the full benefits of the steam inhalation. 

Chamomile tea steam

Continue steaming until the timer goes off, or until you can feel your congestion starting to lift (this may only take a couple of minutes). If you need a breath of cool air during the steam, simply lift the towel, take a few deep breaths, and then lower the towel again. You may find, as well, as the steam eases your congestion, that you need to lift your head to blow your nose occasionally.

If, during your chamomile steam, you begin to feel uncomfortable or too hot, either remove the towel and keep breathing deeply over the bowl, or end your chamomile steam for now.

Rinse your face with cool water, gently pat your face dry, and apply a refreshing, organic toner to remove any remaining debris from your pores. Then, gently apply a soothing moisturizer.

Chamomile Tea Benefits & You!

Are you a fan of chamomile tea and its health benefits? We'd love to hear about your experience with chamomile tea! Click here to share your story (and read what others have said about chamomile tea, too).

If you're very congested, you can steam again in a few hours, up to 2 or 3 times per day.

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Even though we usually think of teas and herbal tisanes just as delicious beverages, these amazing healers can provide so many topical benefits, as well. Treat yourself to a comforting chamomile tea steam, and you'll be amazed by its many health benefits, and by how very good it is for your complexion, too!

Are there any risks with a chamomile tea steam?

Remember, not every tea or herbal tisane is the best (or safest) choice for each of us. It's important to check with your herbal practitioner, naturopathic or homeopathic doctor, or other healthcare provider before adding any new tea to your (or your family's) daily routine. You can also learn more about potential risks and side effects associated with chamomile on our Chamomile Side Effects page

More about Chamomile Tea Benefits

Benefits of Chamomile Tea - Learn more about the many ways this herbal tea is so very good for health and wellness - not only as a beverage, but when used topically, as well!

Chamomile Tea Benefits & You! - Share with our other readers how chamomile tea has benefited you, and read what others have to say about chamomile tea benefits, too.

Chamomile Tea Recipes - How to make chamomile tea to enjoy as a beverage, for a soothing scalp treatment, for a hair rinse to add natural highlights to your hair, or even to add to your bath! Why not try a therapeutic chamomile tea steam, too?

Chamomile Side Effects - Learn more about potential risks, side effects, and even contraindications in drinking chamomile tea or using it topically.

Chamomile Tea Research - Browse through our Chamomile Tea Research pages to learn more about current research targeting this powerful herb.

Chamomile Tea for Natural Hair Highlights - We'd love to hear your thoughts, stories, and tips for using chamomile tea as a natural way to add sun-kissed highlights to your hair! See what our other readers have to say, too.

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