Nurture Yourself with a Soothing Peppermint Tea Steam

A peppermint tea steam is yet another way to benefit from what this healthful herbal tea has to offer. Much-loved and beneficial as a beverage, peppermint tea can also support us when used topically (in a compress, foot soak, or tea steam, for example). 

Feeling under the weather? Steaming with peppermint tea is a simple, comforting way to aid in soothing a sore throat, dry cough, or stuffy nose. A tea steam can provide some much-needed moisture for the nasal passages and throat, and may help you breathe easier, as well. And - for some additional benefits - steaming with tea can also nurture your complexion and lift your spirits. 

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Peppermint Tea Steam Recipe

Try this simple peppermint tea steam recipe to comfort your body and encourage natural relief. 

You'll need...

  • A large lidded bowl or pot
  • 4 or 5 cups just-boiled, clean, fresh water
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons dried peppermint tea leaves, 2 or 3 peppermint teabags, or a handful (2 or 3 stalks) of fresh, blemish-free, rinsed peppermint leaves (learn more here about growing your own peppermint)
  • A large, clean, soft bath towel
  • A kitchen timer (or some other sort of timer)
  • Optional - a box of tissues nearby 

When you're ready to steam...

Place the bowl on a stable countertop or table - a place where you'll be able to sit comfortably and relax during your soothing steam. Pour the hot water into the bowl, and add the loose tea or teabags. (If you're using fresh peppermint leaves, crush them lightly first with your hands to release their fragrance and beneficial properties.)

Cover the bowl and leave the herbal tea to brew and cool for a few minutes. 

In the meantime, use a gentle skin cleanser to remove any makeup (to prepare your skin for the tea steam). And, you may want to pin your hair back from your face with a headband or hair clip. 

Peppermint tea is wonderful for a therapeutic steam... and it's also lovely served hot or enjoyed over ice

Check the steeped tea and, when it's steaming slightly and still quite warm, set the timer for 5 - 10 minutes. (Very hot steam can cause burns, so carefully check the tea temperature to ensure it's not too hot.)

Drape the towel over your head and wrap it around the bowl, as well, to form a tent that will enclose the steam. If the steam feels uncomfortably hot on your skin or is difficult to inhale, let the tea cool for a few more minutes before you steam. (Your face will likely perspire lightly during the tea steam, but you don't want to feel any undue discomfort.)

Close your eyes (and keep them closed), relax, and deeply inhale the warm vapors of the beneficial peppermint tea. Keep your face a few inches away from the tea.

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If you need to take a breath of fresh, cool air at any time, simply lift the towel, take a few deep breaths, and then lower the towel again. You may also find that you need to lift your head occasionally during the steam to blow your nose gently. 

You can continue steaming until the timer goes off or you feel your congestion easing. If you begin to feel overheated or uncomfortable, you can also remove the towel and continue to inhale deeply over the bowl, or simply end the steam. Keep in mind, if you have sensitive or delicate skin, you may find that a shorter steam is better for you. 

If your nose is quite stuffy or you simply need the comfort of a peppermint tea steam, you can steam again in a few hours (up to 3 or 4 times per day).

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Tea steams can be very beneficial for the complexion, as well, leaving skin feeling softer and smoother. Why not follow your peppermint tea steam with a refreshing facial toner (to remove any debris from pores) and a soothing moisturizer to pamper your skin? 

Be Safe with a Peppermint Tea Steam

Before you take a peppermint tea steam, please keep these few safe-use tips and precautions in mind...

  • If you have acne or sensitive, inflamed, or irritated skin, you may find a peppermint tea steam to be too aggravating or uncomfortable for your complexion.
  • If you have or are being treated for asthma or other breathing concerns, please check with your primary care provider before steaming with peppermint tea. 
  • Please do not use a peppermint tea steam with babies or young children without consulting with your healthcare practitioner. 

We tend to think of herbal teas first as delicious, refreshing beverages, but their goodness for us doesn't end there... many teas and herbal tisanes can provide lovely topical benefits, too. You'll find more topical-tea ideas on our Tea Skincare Pinterest board, and drop by our Topical Tea Recipes section for lots of helpful tips and recipes for tea baths, compresses, steams, foot soaks, and more. 

For all sorts of reasons, so many of us are searching for natural ways to support and encourage physical, emotional, and mental wellness. A very simple, effective, and cost-friendly way to promote well-being is by including herbal teas in our days (as beverages, and also for their topical and aromatherapy benefits). These trusted, age-old helpers have stood the test of time and continue to benefit us incredibly today. 

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