DIY Botanical Facial Steams

Quan YinIn the spirit of grounding and connecting with the changing season, we hosted another wellness event at the ranch recently featuring yoga, meditation and wine and food pairings, plus a therapeutic DIY botanical facial steam spa workshop led by our Ode Natural Beauty team. Using easy-to-find fresh or dried flowers, herbs, roots and essential oils, we taught guests how to treat their senses with a DIY spa treatment with easy-to-find, inexpensive ingredients. Steaming relaxes the mind, moisturizes dry skin, opens pores to cleanse the skin of impurities and increases circulation to give your face a warm, healthy glow. IMG_1705Here is a list of botanicals and essential oils we offered at the event, followed by instructions below:
Chamomile flowers - soothing, anti-inflammatoryIMG_1713
Hibiscus flowers - emollient, skin calming
Marshmallow root - healing, skin softening, plumping—great for dry skin
Lemon Verbena - refreshing, brightening
Rose petals - aromatic, astringent
Calendula - gentle and healing for all skin types
Lavender: soothing, calming
Spearmint: stimulating, decongesting
Rose Geranium essential oil - restores balance in all skin types
Rosemary essential oil - clarifying, slightly astringent, good for oily skin
Eucalyptus essential oil- purifying, cleanses the respiratory system, good for oily skin
Ode Natural Beauty Blood Orange essential oil blend:Blood Orange, Tangerine, Grapefruit, Neroli, Vetiver -refreshing, uplifting
Ode Natural Beauty Lavender essential oil blend: Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Lemon + Lime - calming, soothing


  1. Gently wash face with cool water before beginning; if wearing make-up, remove it naturally with organic jojoba oil.IMG_1687
  2. Mix dried or fresh herbs and flowers in a large heatproof bowl to total 1/2 c - 1 cup; add 4-5 drops essential oil, if desired.
  3. Boil 3 c water and pour over herbs; immediately cover bowl with a towel or lid so to trap oils and aromatics.
  4. Allow botanicals to steep for 5 minutes.
  5. Find a comfortable sitting or kneeling position and lean face over the bowl about 6” - 8” from water, draping head and bowl with a large towel to prevent steam from escaping.
  6. Keeping eyes closed, inhale deeply for maximum therapeutic benefits. Purify and steam for 5-10 minutes, coming up from steam as necessary to the point where you skin sweats but does not uncomfortably burn
  7. Pat dry and wipe face with a cool washcloth to close pores and follow with a toner if desired
  8. Relax in sivasana for a few minutes. Repeat weekly.
To find out about our future wellness events, visit our Workshops & Events page.