Children and adults alike experience respiratory symptoms when suffering from the cold and flu. These can include shortness of breath, wheezing, increased mucous production, cough, pain in the chest, throat, sinuses and nasal passages. Similar symptoms are also experienced with sinusitis, asthma and allergies.
A simple, natural solution is to do a steam inhalation using essential oils:
1. Boil water and pour it into a glass bowl or a mug.
2. Add 3 drops each of eucalyptus essential oil and tea tree essential oil.
3. Place face 10-15 centimeters over the steaming water.
4. Put a towel over your head to keep the steam in.
5. Inhale the steam for 10-15 minutes up to 3 times per day.
Benefits of the steam inhalation
The warm steam helps to lubricate the respiratory passages, soothes inflammation, and loosens the mucous so the body can expel it through coughing. The eucalyptus essential oil is anti-inflammatory to help with pain relief and opens up the nasal passages. The tea tree essential oil is anti-microbial which kills bacteria and viruses. It also has anti-inflammatory effects like the eucalyptus.
Chamomile and lavender essential oils can also be added to calm anxiety and promote relaxation and optimal sleep.
Cautions with using essential oils
Essential oils are toxic and should not be ingested. Keep out of reach of small children and pets. Call poison control immediately if they are ingested. Essential oils can also be irritating to the eyes. Ask children to close their eyes, wear a sleeping mask, or omit the oils and do the steam alone. Essential oils are sourced from plants so be cautious with children who have allergies to plants and pollens. If an allergic reaction occurs discontinue immediately and seek help from a medical professional.
Feel free to share your own experience with steam inhalations or use of essential oils!