Beauty of the Fae: Titania's Floral Facial Steam Recipe
Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream has always influenced me greatly. The glowing forest setting, the magical characters, and flowers everywhere were deeply inspiring summer themes growing up. I began thinking, "what would Titania, queen of the faeries, do for self care?"
And so, a high summer floral facial steam was born. A steam is a lavish way to begin an at home facial, and what is Titania if not lavish. The idea is that flowers and herbs are placed in boiling water to release their phyto-nutrients and aroma. The steam softens and moistens skin, allowing for those phyto-nurtients to enter your skin.
The key is to remove the boiling water from the burner and pour into a heat safe bowl over the flowers, as you would a tea. This allows the steam to erupt and cascade over your face. A towel held over your head to create a tent effect will keep the steam from escaping. After this, you can apply a mask or facial oil whose benefits will sink even deeper into your freshly prepped skin.
If you are someone who experiences rosacea or inflames easily, I would avoid this treatment, as heat can worsen the condition. However, this can be very beneficial for someone with dry, dehydrated, or congested/acne prone skin.
The funnest part of this treatment is how customizable it is. You can add any flowers or herbs you like or have on hand. Each carries a different benefit. Here are some favorites:
You may also add a few drops of essential oil to enhance the experience. Some of my favorites are lavender, spearmint, rose absolute.
Whether it is midsummer where you are, or midwinter (a lovely time to steam!) I hope you can enjoy this small ritual while envisioning fawns and nymphs dancing around you.
Titania's Floral Facial Steam
You will need:
A handful each of:
½ C Dried Calendula Flowers
Petals from 1 Rose or ⅓ C dried rose petals
½ C Chamomile buds
¼ C Lavender buds
¼ C Rosemary leaves
6 drops of lavender essential oil
2 drops of spearmint oil (optional)
A cloth or towel
A large glass or heat-resistant bowl
1. On a stovetop, bring 3 cups of water to an almost-boil.
2. Place flowers in a large, heat-resistant bowl, mix lightly with your hands. Add drops of essential oils if you choose.
3. When water is near boiling, remove from stove and pour over flower mixture
4. Drape cloth or towel over your head and lean over the steam, letting it open your pores and increase circulation. Take deep breaths of the sweet floral aroma.