- Wide, shallow heat safe bowl.
- A pinch of dried lavender or 1 drop of lavender essential oil
- Bath towel
- Tea towel ( for under the bowl if you have a hardwood table)
- 2 cups of boiling water ( or enough water to fill the bowl 3/4)
Place your bowl on a tea towel. Add the lavender. Add boiling water. Put your face over the bowl and cover both the bowl and your head completely with the towel. Steam for 10 minutes or until the water cools enough you run of of steam. Take breaks as needed buy lifting part of the towel. During the steaming time, you can relax, mediate, listen to music or a podcast.
I love lavender because it’s very good for headache relief.
This method of steaming is superior to a hot shower because it directs the steam to where you need it most. You can feel this in the back of the throat and in your Eustachian tubes!
When your done, dry your face with the towel. If you’re really dry, you can also put a small amount of Shea butter, coco butter or coconut oil on the inside of your nose and on your lips if you’re prone to cracking.
Never apply conventional hand/body lotions to your lips or mucus membranes like the inner nose. They tend to have fragrance and alcohols that dry and irritate these areas- they likely cause burning and stinging when you apply them.
I like to do this in the morning shortly after I wake up, that’s the time of day that I tend to feel most dry.
Also be sure to make sure your hydrating on the inside by drinking water and eating food with high water content. I feel less like drinking a cold glass of water in the winter so I aim to get water through herbal teas and have a glass of water with meals.
You can find calculators online that will help you figure out how much water you need to drink each day based on your weight and activity. The amount of water you need is individual. And yes, caffeinated drinks DO contribute to water intake even though they are diuretics. But balance is key so divide your water intake with herbal teas, fruit, veg, and good old glasses of water.