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, 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
  • 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.

Chamomile tea steam

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.

Chamomile tea steam

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. 

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.

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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

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