I had written a post when I started this blog, called Healing Steam – Cough, Cold, & Stuffed up Noses.This is for a similar steam with different ingredient options. I decided to make a new one with just herbs. Herbal steams can be so beneficial. This steam works wonderfully for chest congestion, coughs and stuffed up noses.
2 tsp each of the following herbs:
- Eucalyptus (I crushed 2 full leaves) (Or 2 drops Eucalyptus Oil)
- Peppermint (Fresh or dried) (or 2 drops Peppermint Oil)
- A large heat safe bowl
- Boiled water
- Place your herbs in a heat proof bowl and pour in enough steaming water to cover the herbs.
- With a towel over your head to create a ‘tent’, hover over the bowl inhaling the steam. (be sure the steam isn’t so hot that it may burn your face) I like to keep my eyes closed because the peppermint can make them water.
This brews into a beautiful dark tea. The strained water (once cooled to being warm but not hot) could probably be used for extra relief by soaking a cloth in the mixture and laying it across your chest. I’m going to try it and I’ll let you all know.
What are your favorite herbal steam blends?
*Medical advice should be sought for those who suffer from asthma or allergies prior to using a herbal steam. ALWAYS do your own research of ingredients before using any of the recipes you find on this site. * DO NOT USE eucalyptus on small children. (under 10)