How to Make Face Tea

In truth, this is simply a new name for a facial steam, but I quite like the idea of calling it face tea. It is not only easy to make, but in the dead, dark of (this Nordic) winter, there's no better time for a little skin pampering treat.

Let's make Face Tea!

Choosing Herbs

You can pretty much combine dried herbs and plants to your hearts content, but do keep in mind that you will be enjoying the steam of your blend at a close distance, so choose herbs that will not sting eyes or irritate the air passages. Also, choose herbs that have something to offer in the way of benefits from an aqueous infusion. Some herbs have more oil-soluble than water-soluble actives, while some offer both.


Gather your desired dried herbs.

For this gentle face steam, I combined chamomile, elderblossom, rose, orange blossom and calendula in equal parts.

Mix the herbs together thoroughly, then package.

Experiment several different blends as holiday gifts, and every one seemed to be a hit.

How to Use a Face Tea

  • In a large bowl, pour boiling water over a tablespoon of tea. 
  • Wash face, then hold face over bowl for 5-10 minutes. 
  • Place a towel over head to keep in steam. The steam will open pores and refresh. 
  • Rinse face with lukewarm, then cool water. 
  • Finish with skin tonic and moisturiser.

Note: If you have a tendency to rosecea or extremely sensitive skin, face tea might not be for you. The hot steam might exacerbate the condition, so proceed with caution.

Do Tell

Have you ever made a face tea? Which herbs did you use?


Pepper7 said…
Lisa, I have been making "face tea" since I was a teenager. I started steaming when I first started breaking out. I haven't done it for years and really don't remember what I put in the water. Probably whatever herbs my mother had in the cabinet, such as basil, parsley and oregano 🌿! Lol I didn't do much research back then. I probably read about it in a magazine. We are taking 30 years ago !
LisaLise said…
HI Margi - What a kick! I have actually used these since they were called facial steams - but I must admit, I like the new term Face Tea - it's fun and explains a bit of the process in the name. I am now curious to try with everyday herbs - I imagine a bit of rosemary and thyme would be quite envigorating :D
the ladybug said…
Looking forward to making one real soon. Thanks for sharing such a great idea
LisaLise said…
HI Ladybug - have fun with it!
Febe said…
I really like this idea! Its been a while since I also "steamed" my face. :). When you say "wash your face" in the instructions - do you mean just to wet your face? Are are you suggesting to actually wash your face? I am thinking that you mean to wash your face - like the sea washes ashore on the beach kind of wash. Not to literally wash your face. Am I right?

Thanks so much!
LisaLise said…
Hi Febe - Thanks for yoir kind comment! What I mean by washing the face is to be sure it is clean and free of makeup :)