Gemstone Steams from Elemental Energy
You may have tried DIY steams that involve placing your towel-draped head directly over a pot filled with boiled water (using the towel to trap the steam). But you've likely never infused your steam with gemstone and crystal energy. Gemstone facial steams revitalize the skin while also heightening the senses. The steams are also an easy way to boost circulation and bring oxygen to the skin while softening and loosening any debris. They are perfect for preparing your skin for masks or other treatments. The suggested gemstone and crystal facial steams below pair various stones with essential oils, herbs, and/or flowers. Use any of the suggested combinations, then follow the general steam instructions for safely creating the ideal gemstone facial steam for your skin's needs.
Tip: As a rule of thumb, use 3 to 4 drops of essential oil and a handful of dried herbs or flowers for steams. If you prefer a stronger scent, use 4 to 6 drops of oil.
Here are some of our favorite steam recipes:
Healing and Rebalancing
- Purple stones
- Dried lavender and/or lavender essential oil
- ½ teaspoon silver colloidal (optional)
- Blue stones
- Dried chamomile and/or chamomile essential oil
- Green moss agate
- Dried eucalyptus or rosemary and/or eucalyptus or rosemary essential oil
Soothing and hydrating
- Rose quartz
- Dried rose buds and/or ylang-ylang essential oil
- ½ teaspoon gold colloidal (optional)
How to do a gemstone facial steam:
- Using a pot with a ceramic-lined interior, fill it with approximately 4 to 5 cups of water. Carefully submerge your gemstones of choice. Heat the pot on medium-high until the water reaches a slow boil, then immediately remove the pot from the heat.
- Carefully transfer the boiling water and stones from your pot into a large glass or ceramic bowl. Add a handful of herbs or flowers of your choosing and 3 to 4 drops of essential oil (or more, according to your personal preference). Add the colloidals if using them. Allow the ingredients to steep.
- Once the water cools to approximately 110 to 116 degrees Fahrenheit (give it around 5 minutes), place your face about 6 to 8 inches from the surface of the water (or at a distance that feels comfortable; the steam should feel soothing-not too hot). Loosely place a towel over your head and around the bowl, creating a tent so that the steam does not escape.
- Gently steam your skin for about 5 to 10 minutes (no more than 5 minutes if your skin is particularly sensitive or easily aggravated).
- Gently splash your face with lukewarm water. At this point you can apply a mask or a hydrating product, or simply pat your skin dry with a soft towel.
Discover more recipes and wellness tips in Elemental Energy: Crystals and Gemstones for a Beautiful Life.