Fumetti

16 Jan

I have no idea what this is called in English.  In Italian, it’s fumetti.  (Fumetti translates to “little fumes,” which sounds vaguely toxic, so this is an instance where a direct translation is not going to do the trick.)  Anyway, we used to do this with my mom when we were kids.  In winter, especially if you live in a cold, dry climate, this is the best home remedy ever for dry skin, a nagging cold and/or cough and general upset moods related to weather(!).  I kind of think it helps with wrinkles, too, but I basically just made that up.

Here’s what you do: in a large stock pot, add two quarts of water or so and two to three chamomile tea bags. (If you want, you can add other aromatics and moisturizers to the pot, as well.  I like lavender, lemon peel and vitamin E best (stick to basics so your skin doesn’t become irritated).)  Bring the pot of water to a boil.  In the meantime, arrange a towel on your table or kitchen counter.  You’ll want to be able to sit down and lean in comfortably over the pot.  When the pot of water boils, take it off the heat and place it on your towel.  Let it sit for a minute or two.  Lean in over the steam (being extremely careful not to burn yourself – if necessary, wait a few additional minutes until the water cools – in all instances, DO NOT come in contact with boiling water) and breathe in.  Take deep breaths in through your nose and exhale deeply.  In between deep breaths, you should breathe away from the pot.  When you are not breathing in the steam, keep the pot covered so the water stays hot.  Repeat until the water is no longer releasing steam.  Try this two to three times a week for a month for best results.  You might not need an esthetician – or a shrink! – after all.

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One Response to “Fumetti”

  1. fahbeeyawn January 16, 2011 at 7:14 pm #

    I was just talking about this to one of my burn prevention classes! It feels so good! I need to do it… Thanks for posting the recipe. I never knew!

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