I have a rosemary bush the size of a small tree in my back yard. So when I saw this post from earthaura.blogspot.com, I thought I’d give this steam facial a try.
I remember doing a few steam facials with my big sister when we were teenagers, too. They always made my skin glow and feel tingly. I never knew about adding the rosemary though. Apparently it acts as an astringent and cleanses your skin! Not to mention, the aroma is an excellent way to clear up some congestion. It certainly is a intense aroma. I love breathing it in. Even if it makes me crave a roast chicken and potatoes.
Here’s what you do:
So while you’re boiling the water, wash your face and clip some rosemary.
Get a big bowl. More coverage!
Now, pull off all the rosemary in one fell swoop and toss it in the bowl.
Okay, I added another piece. I don’t think you need to, but that rosemary bush needs some serious pruning.
It never dies in North Carolina. Rosemary and parsley all year round.
After the water comes to a boil, pour it in the bowl.
You will really smell rosemary now. Grab that towel, have a seat at the kitchen table and breathe it in for about five minutes. I had to lift up the towel a few times because it was a bit hot in there. The best part about it is the powerful aroma. I could feel my lungs open and they seemed to appreciate this sudden titillation. I could feel my pores opening, too. Overall, a very happy camper.
Here’s the right after picture. Notice the mascara smears.
Can’t do anything for those lovely lines, but I feel refreshed and relaxed like I was at the spa. And I kind of was. I created a little ambience and had a cup of tea waiting.
That’s all there is to it. Give it a try. Or consider these perks listed below:
- relieves itchy scalps. I have an itchy scalp sometimes. Especially in the winter. Not sure if I want to smell like rosemary . It’s a pungent smell.
- soothes muscle ache. Throw some in your bath.
- boosts brain power. Yep. According to this Huffington Health Living post, a new study suggests that rosemary’s aroma can increase your memory speed and accuracy.
I could always use a memory boost. I think I’ll start adding rosemary to my dishes at home. In fact, here’s a favorite from the Barefoot Contessa: Rosemary roasted potatoes. Seriously yummy.