Respiratory Relief With Essential Oils
The practice of combining essential oils or fresh herbs to hot water to produce therapeutic steam for inhalation is a wonderful way to soothe your respiratory tract. Eucalyptus essential oil steam is great for relieving discomfort from a head cold, cough, sinus infection, and headache. The steam delivers antifungal, antibacterial, and antioxidant benefits to the lungs and sinuses. Breathing the steam in through the mouth is helpful if you have a cough or irritated lungs and inhaling the steam via the nose will open up the sinuses. As the steam enters the airways, it loosens up mucus and delivers antiseptic qualities to the respiratory tract. This method is not recommended for those with asthma, as the steam can trigger an attack. Eucalyptus essential oil steam is the best oil for steam inhalation because of its cineole content. Studies have found that cineole breaks up mucus and reduces inflammation. You can use a combination of the essential oils listed below for relieving discomfort from colds, coughs, easing respiratory problems, and clearing sinus infections. Steam Inhalation Essential oils
- Tea Tree
Instructions for steam Inhalation Boil 6 cups of water and pour into a bowl. Add 5 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil or a blend of the oils listed above. Do not exceed 8 drops or steam may be too strong. Make sure water is not too hot before leaning over steam. Lean over bowl about 12 inches. Cover your head with a large towel so you are enclosed in the steam. Close your eyes and inhale the steam deeply through your mouth and nose. Raise your head to allow fresh air in if it is too much for you. You may need to cough and take breaks to blow your nose in between. Repeat this treatment 3-5 times a day in the first few days of onset. Repeat as often as comfortable until cold and cough start to diminish. *Not recommended for those with asthma, as the steam can trigger an attack.