Herbal steams are very helpful for relieving nasal and sinus congestion, sore throat, dry irritating coughs, and blocked or stuffy ears. They have been used many years to aid those suffering with any type of respiratory congestion or irritation.

. An herbal steam inhalation directs the effect of the aromatic herbs directly to the tissues that are blocked up, stressed, and struggling. Using aromatic herbs in the steam inhalation also adds antiseptic and anti-microbial properties to this therapy.

The warm aromatic steam adds a soothing, moisturizing, and warming effect to dry irritated tissues.

You can also use this herbal steam as an air purification therapy in a sick room. Make the herbal steam and keep pot covered until you’re in the sick room. Lift the lid once in the room, close the door, and allow the aromatic herbal steam to cleanse the air in the room. You may also add a few drops of essential oils as well to enhance this effect. Add the oil drops once you lift the lid to the pot.

Lastly, you can use the herbal steam inhalation therapy to purify your nasal, sinus, lung, and throat area after being in public spaces with airborne germs that might be circulating. This is a very effective way to clean and purify your mucous membrane entry ways (above the neck) that may prevent illness.

 

Instructions:

Bring 1 gallon of water to a rolling boil on stovetop. When boiling, add 2 cups or 2 large handfuls of a single herb or blend of dried or fresh aromatic herbs with antiseptic properties, such as; lavender, pine needles, spruce tips, rosemary, thyme, oregano, eucalyptus, sage, clove, ginger root, cedar leaves, cypress, fir, peppermint, spearmint, and chamomile.

Stir well and then cover pot after herbs are added. Let boil for several minutes and take off stovetop. Take pot to desired area of herbal steam.  If you are adding essential oils to pot, add them at this time-only add 3-4 drops maximum because adding more could be irritating. Close lid again after adding essential oils until steam therapy is started.

Open pot right before preparing towel tent. Place a large towel over your head and make a tent space between your head area and the pot of herbs with the towel. Keep eyes closed and keep face far enough away that you do not get burned by the hot steam. Try to do the steam therapy for at least 7-10 minutes.