Glorious Wild Rose Facial Steam Bath
After a day in the garden, one of my favourite treats to cleanse my dirty face and feel rejuvenated is to enjoy a facial steam bath with wild rose flowers and leaves. Steam and roses are a beautifully beneficial combination, each with gifts for our facial skin!
Items needed for one steam bath:
• 2 cups water, preferably from fresh river or stream
• 1 handful fresh picked wild rose leaves
• 5 wild rose flowers
• Shallow bowl, large enough for face to fit inside
• Towel, to cover head during steam bath
• 2 drops essential oil of choice, optional. Perhaps lavender and/or lemon, both are great facial cleansers. Or a washed and chopped fresh lemon peel would be a lovely addition
1. Choose a comfortable place that allows you to sit with head bent over a bowl. The kitchen table or delightfully outside on a patio set work great!
2. Turn on your favourite lovely, relaxing music!
3. Place collected rose flowers and leaves in the bowl on table, and optional essential oil.
4. In kettle, bring water to a boil. Pour boiled water over roses.
5. Quickly set timer for 15 mins.
6. Place face over steamy rose water. Drape towel over head and bowl. Start steaming! Relax, enjoy, and daydream of happy things for 15mins or so. If overheating, lift towel occasionally to let out steam and invite fresh air
7. Once done, gently yet thoroughly rinse face with warm water (additionally, Tanglewood Garden & Farm soap can be used), followed by a splash of cool water. Pat dry.
Rejoice your freshly cleansed, soft, glorious facial skin!
Wild roses overlooking the hidden valley at Tanglewood Garden & Farm
“Roses are good for the skin and the soul”. They are uplifting, rejuvenating, and cleansing. All parts of the rose have been used for food, medicine, and skin care. Roses were grown in medieval gardens more for medicine and food than for beauty.
Today, we're focused on our official provincial flower, the beautiful Wild Rose, and it's benefits for skin care. Always pick roses in a clean area, free from contamination (avoid roadside ditches, herbicide and pesticide sprays and run-off areas). Rose flowers are best picked in a.m., after dew has evaporated, leaves can be picked anytime, throughout the season. Rose leaves are astringent, meaning they draw together or constrict tissues, helping to tighten pores, firm skin, and restore suppleness for a refreshed complexion. Unlike conventional alcohol-based toners, rose leaves skin feeling smooth, not dried out.
Steaming rose petals release it's essential oil, which has antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and anti inflammatory properties, allowing it to help gently cleanse and soothe redness, swollen areas, rosacea, and acne, all while the lovely, fresh sweet scent is proven to calm the mind and uplift the spirit.
Facial steaming has both beauty and health benefits. Steaming causes the face to perspire, encouraging detoxification. This perspiration cleanses the skin by opening pores, reducing the appearance of redness, softening blackheads, and releasing dirt and other impurities, moisturizing the skin and evening out skin tone. It also increases circulation to the face, creating radiate vibrancy.
A wild rose facial steam bath will gift you with a rejuvenated spirit and soft, glowing skin! Enjoy!