By contributing writer Stacy K. of A Delightful Home
We’ve all been there…
Stuffed up nose, jam-packed sinuses, honking and snorting when you try to breathe freely…
The congestion and sinus pressure that accompany a cold or flu can be miserable!
Although relieving these issues naturally is often challenging, an herbal steam is one way to alleviate congestion without reaching into the medicine cabinet. I find the steam is comforting as well; which is a nice bonus when you are feeling ill.
Herbal steams can be prepared in a variety of ways, and you can use fresh or dried herbs as well as essential oils.
Usually, herbs or essential oils are added to hot water and the steam inhaled. This seems to be the most effective method, however, it is possible to create an herbal steam in the shower. A diffuser also works, but not as quickly.
Herbal steams need not be restricted to just a few herbs, as a wide variety of herbs work well to aid in clearing congestion.
I will begin by describing the three methods and then share a number of recipes.
3 Ways to Create an Herbal Steam
The Bowl Method
It doesn’t get much simpler than this. All you need to do is place fresh or dried herbs in a heat proof bowl, then pour hot water over the top.
If you’re using essential oils, pour the water in the bowl first, then add the essential oils.
In general you will need about one handful of dried herbs or two handfuls of fresh herbs to one pint of hot water. (This does not need to be exact.) If using essential oils, you will only need 2 or 3 drops.
Water should be distilled or purified since any impurities or chemicals in water will be inhaled in the steam.… [Continue Reading]