Steam / Spray Treatments

Steam treatment carries essential oils directly to sinuses and lungs, and provides warm, moist air to help open nasal and bronchial passages. To do a steam, boil a pan of water, turn off the heat, cool 1 minute, carefully pour about 4-6 cups of boiling water into a large bowl or just use the same pan the water was heated in. Add 3-6 drops of an essential oil to the water and use a towel to corral the steam around your head as you breathe deeply. If steaming is impractical, inhale from a tissue to which a few drops of an essential oil have been added. Commonly used oils include eucalyptus, mint, wintergreen, cajuput, frankincense, juniper and menthol.

An aromatic diffuser disinfects the atmosphere by releasing droplets of essential oil as a cool, fine mist. It can be turned on in a sickroom for 10 to 15 minutes every hour to clear airborne bacteria. Because of clogging, do not use thick oils in a diffuser unless they have been diluted with a thin oil such as citrus, eucalyptus, rosemary or mixed with alcohol. If oils are left too long in a diffuser, they can oxidize and thicken.

Diluted essential oils can also be used as a throat spray through “nebulization.” A perfume atomizer or spray bottle will work to create this fine spray. If you don’t have a diffuser, simply combine water and essential oils in a spray bottle.

 


Steam / Spray Treatments can help with the following

Infections  


 

Colds and Influenza

Interference with the constant passage of mucus raises the chances for penetration of the virus. Therefore drinking liquids and maintaining a humid environment with a vaporizer may lower susceptibility.



 

Sinusitis

Eucalyptus oil is often used in a steam inhalation to help clear nasal and sinus congestion. Eucalyptus oil is said to function in a fashion similar to menthol leading to a reduction in the symptoms of nasal stuffiness. Use a humidifier in the bedroom or fill a pan with hot water, place a towel over your head and lean over the pan, breathing in the moist air. Another steam method is to run a hot shower and sit in a closed bathroom.



Inflammation  


Respiratory  


Key

May do some good
Likely to help

Glossary

Essential Oil

Volatile terpene derivative responsible for the odor or taste of a plant.

Bacteria

Microscopic germs. Some bacteria are "harmful" and can cause disease, while other "friendly" bacteria protect the body from harmful invading organisms.

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