Tuesday, February 26, 2013

CALM BEFORE THE STORM

     Toronto is calling for another snow storm and whether or not it happens it is always great to be prepared, even mentally. Snow storms can be stressful especially for those who need to commute to work or for those who simply just need to leave the house.
      I decided that it would be a great idea to have a spa night at home, the calm before the potential storm. I wanted to try something new, something to add to the peaceful music and lavender scented oils. Tonight is all about the healing powers of steam. Steam has been used as a therapeutic treatment for centuries and is a great tool for relaxation and detoxification. 
       Yes, I could travel to a spa and pay a good buck to have a wonderful treatment, or I could stay cozy at home, save money and relax in my own space. At spas there are steam rooms which are awesome for your entire body and really help detox you as a whole. At home it is easy to steam your face with a few simple tools and ingredients. You can steam your face with just water, but research shows that there are many more benefits to steaming with herbs such as camomile and sage or even green tea. I have a wonderful Organic Detox Green Tea from “David’s Tea” which I will use tonight.


Benefits of Steaming with Green Tea
- balances complexion                      
- clears away clogged pores
- hydrates skin tissue
- helps prevent UV damage
- increases immune function of skin
TOOLS 
- large glass bowl
- kettle
- 5 cups water
- 2 tbsp of Organic Detox Green Tea
- 1 large towel
- 1 face cloth 

STEPS TO STEAM 
1. Boil approximately 5 cups of water in the kettle.
2. Pour boiled water into glass bowl and add green tea.
3. Hover your face 5-6 inches above the bowl and drape the large towel over your head.
4. Relax for 5-10 minutes.
5. After steaming, blot your face with face cloth.
6. Apply natural moisturizer, coconut oil or argan oil to nourish your skin.

* If you have sensitive skin then hold your face a couple inches higher and steam closer to five minutes.


References:
1. Alive – Canada’s natural health and wellness magazine – February 2013 issue.

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