Masks, Lungs, and Skin Health

May 29, 2020

Masks, Lungs, and Skin Health

Face masks, lungs and skin health. If the lungs are at all compromised whether from the environment, wearing a mask or even grief or overwhelm it will start to show on the skin. If you look at either side of the nose by the sinuses you can see the health of the lungs. Sometimes if there’s a lot going on we may see it extend down the cheeks and it may be slight vasodilation or generally I’ll see enlarged pores or congestion in the area (not the same as rosacea, I’ll dive into that another time). In my opinion the best remedy for the lungs is a solo walk in the trees or a walk in fresh sea air certainly helps too. Being in the trees encourages us to take a deep breath and exhale, the solitude is a chance to digest what’s happening and get out of the head for a bit just focusing on the beauty of the trees around you and your breath. The volatile oils from fir, cedar and pine trees especially work wonders for clearing the lungs and the nature of these particular oils from these trees treat the lung on a physical level with compounds to reduce inflammation and decongest but are known to assist with grief (we are all grieving and letting go in one way or another these days) and with feelings of lack. Another great option for the lungs and skin is a face steam. This is so simple and beyond luxurious in my opinion. You could forage some of the tree needles suggested above or what I’m loving lately is freshly picked and dried rosemary, lavender, thyme and peppermint. This soothing and antibacterial blend is also great for keeping the skin clear from the effects of using face coverings. Just add a tablespoon or so of herbs to a beautiful bowl, pour about 5-6 cups of boiling water over and let steep for 5-10 min then carefully put your face over the bowl with a towel over your head to trap the steam in. Hellooo home spa! If this all feels like way too much fuss get a small bottle of organic eucalyptus essential oil and mix a few drops into a tablespoon of salt with maybe a couple drops of lavender oil and pour hot water over top et voila! Or try mixing a drop of eucalyptus with olive or jojoba oil and rub on the chest before bed. Breathe easy xo 🌲 @brit_gill