Benefits of Steam Inhalation For Sinus Congestion & Headaches

Steam inhalation therapy with essential oils is a simple and effective home remedy for headaches, sinus congestion, sinus pain and infections, respiratory ailments due to allergies, asthma, the common cold, influenza and bronchitis. Depending on the essential oils you use, steam inhalation can also calm the mind, nervous system and spirit.

What You Need:

  • Filtered water

    Steam inhalations are helpful for headaches, sinus congestion, cold & flu symptoms
  • Tea kettle or pot
  • Glass or Ceramic bowl- medium to large
  • Essential oils (see chart below to help you chose)
  • A bath towel

Optional:

  • Tissues
  • Washcloth

Directions:

  1. Boil filtered or spring water in a tea kettle until it steams.
  2. Turn off the heat and remove the kettle using a potholder.
  3. Take care to slowly pour the steaming water into a large glass or ceramic bowl. Add a few drops of essential oil to the water.
  4. Place the towel over the top of your head so that it drapes over the sides of your head.
  5. Close your eyes, lean over the bowl allowing the sides of the towel to create a tent over the sides of the bowl.
  6. Inhale and exhale through your nose.

You will notice the scent fades in about 3-5 minutes. You can perform this treatment over again if you like.

Add essential oils to your steam for added benefits

Optional:
As mucus loosens from steaming, clear your sinuses by gently blowing your nose into the tissues and discard them. As the water begins to cool down from hot to warm, place your washcloth in the water, ring it out and place it on your chest or the back of your neck. The warm compress will help release chest tightness and congestion, relaxes and loosens your neck muscles. Ahhhhhh.

How To Choose The Oils
For upper respiratory and sinus congestion try one of each or combine the following:

  • Peppermint 3-5 drops
  • Eucalyptus 3-5 drops
  • Camphor 3 drops

For Headaches unrelated to sinus problems:
Headache which are sharp or throbbing and may be combined with neck and shoulder tension try:

  • Cinnamon 5 drops & Myrrh 3 drops & Frankincense 3 drops

For stress headaches try:

  • Chamomile & Lavender, 5 drops of each

Relax the mind & calm the spirit with:

  • Lavender & Chamomile 5 drops of each – or –
  • Chamomile & Lemongrass 5 drops of each

Recommended Reading:

  • Curing Hay Fever Naturally – Bob Flaws
  • The Tao of Health Eating – Bob Flaws
  • Chinese Self Massage – Fan Ya Li
Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac., Herbalist, Author, Creator of HealthyStuffU.com
Aiyana Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs
32 Union Square East, Suite 615 N
New York, NY 10003
(646) 504.2251

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