Steam inhalations are a simple and very effective form of treatment to ease congestion. The hardy perennial Thyme is a powerful antiseptic and was traditionally used to purify the home and to preserve meats and other foods. Thymol, the primary active ingredient, is used in many over-the-counter remedies.
Thyme is particularly effective in treating colds and respiratory infections; besides fighting infections, its expectorant qualities clear phlegm from the lungs. In this inhalation remedy, Peppermint will also help open nasal passages and sinuses.
Heat a kettle of water on the stove and keep nearby to add extra heat to your inhalation. Pull a chair up to the bathroom sink and stack several pillows on the chair for a comfortable seat. Fill the clean basin with hot tap water, add 3 drops of Thyme Oil and 2 drops of Peppermint, and swish water with hand to disperse the Essential Oils.
Cover head and shoulders with a towel and lean over the basin, making a tent to hold in the steam and volatile oils. Breathe deeply for 5 minutes, inhaling through the nose. Add more hot water from the kettle to raise the temperature as needed.
Natural Remedies for Cold, Flu Symptoms:
Beta Glucan – Natural immune system booster to strengthen immune system health and protect the body against viral and bacterial infections
Mucus-Clear – Homeopathic remedy reduces phlegm and thick mucus plus relieves throat congestion
InstaClear Sinus Relief – Herbal remedy instantly clears sinus congestion
SinusSoothe – Homeopathic medicine for temporarily relieving sinus pressure and nasal congestion
Immu-Stay – Natural supplement boosts the immune system
This recipe is from “Well Being” by Barbara Close.