You will need the following equipment:
Fresh or dried herbs, a heat proof bowl, 4 cups of boiling water and a bath towel.
In a sauce pan, or you can use a tea kettle, boil 4 cups of water.
In a large heat proof glass or ceramic bowl add one tablespoon of the herb of choice.
Pour the boiling water slowly over the herb.
Hold your head about six inches above the bowl and inhale the steam.
Capture the healing vapor by draping the towel around your head and shoulders.
This creates a tent and holds in the warm moisture.
Five to seven minutes is usually enough to relieve congestion.
Thyme: Acts as an expectorant, loosening phlegm in the respiratory tract so it can be expelled.
Thyme’s active ingredient is thymol.
Thymol has strong antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiseptic properties.
Peppermint: An active ingredient in chest rubs and is used to treat the common cold.
Peppermint kills certain bacteria, fungus and viruses.
Used in steam inhalation it clears sinus passages, and relieves a sore throat.
Peppermint and its main ingredient, menthol, are effective decongestants.
Menthol vapor thins out mucus, and helps loosen phlegm.
Sage: Contains thujone and camphor. Remember those chest rubs and warm flannel when you were a child?
Inhaling the sage steam will break up congestion and ease the tightness in your chest.
Rosemary: Also contains camphor as well as cineole and borneol.
These compounds contain adequate amounts of antibacterial properties.
Rosemary is used to help clear head colds, reduce fever and headache and bring relief to those who have a dry cough or congestion.
Ginger: Is good for the lungs, digestion and circulation, so it makes this herb perfect for treating colds.
properties stimulate circulation and produces a mild sweating action.
Excellent for breaking up congestion and clearing sinus passages.
Add one tablespoon of freshly grated ginger to 4 cups of boiling water.
Lean over the bowl and inhale the steam.
Mullein: Is considered one of the top herbs for relieving lung ailments.
Used in the treatment of bronchial obstruction, cough, croup and asthma.
Its soothing effect helps to calm muscle spasms.
Add one tablespoon or more to 4 cups of boiling water.
You may substitute fresh herbs for dried herbs and increase the amount to 2 tablespoons.
Always try to use untreated or organically grown herbs.
You can use steam inhalation therapy as often as needed.
Bed time is the best time, as the warm and moist steam
promotes restful sleep.
For extra healing, add 1/4 teaspoon
of sea salt along with the herb when preparing the remedy.
Steam inhalation has been around for a long time.
It’s perfectly safe to use daily for sinus congestion or a stuffy nose.
~ Meadow Walker