Sunday, April 17, 2011

Steam Inhalation: Home Hydrotherapy

Healing Through Steam Inhalation

Steam inhalation therapy is helpful for relieving the congestion of bronchitis, the common cold, and a variety of other respiratory and sinus conditions.

Steam inhalation opens up congested sinuses and lung passages, allowing you to discharge mucus, breathe more easily, and heal faster.

To make the steam, you may use water only, or you may add dried or fresh herbs or herbal oils to enhance the effects of the treatment.

Indications

Cough
Laryngitis
Respiratory Tract Congestion
Sore Throat
Spasmodic Breathing
Dry, thick secretions
Sinus pressure or infection
Bronchitis


Equipment and Procedure

What you need and how to do steam inhalation

You Will Need:
-Kettle
-Glass or enameled bowl or pot
-Towel or sheet, umbrella
-Optional: eucalyptus or peppermint essential oils or mint leaves

How To Do Steam Inhalation:
-Boil water in kettle
-Fill bowl with boiling water
-Add drop or two of essential oil or herbs
-Place a towel or sheet over head to form a tent, or use an umbrella and drape sheet over it.
-Hold head over bowl and breathe in steam
-Breathe steam for 10-30 mins
 

Healing and Relief 

Effects:
-Warming and soothing of respiratory tract
-Increased circulation to respiratory tract, relieving nasal and lung congestion
-Secretions made loose and alkaline, easier to expectorate
-Essential oils increase penetration and add medicinal effects such as antiseptic and antimicrobial actions

Precautions 
Do not add too much essential oil as this may lead to a burning sensation of the mucosal membranes such as the eyes, nose and possibly skin. Keep face far enough from the water so that steam does not irritate or burn your skin.

Contraindicated in persons with severely compromised cardiovascular systems or congestive heart failure because steam may make breathing difficult.

Written by Joy Eckmann and Kekoa Smith for Nature Cure Elective Fall 2010.

Information for this pamphlet was taken from Lectures in Naturopathic Hydrotherapy. (1998) Boyle & Saine and class notes (Hydrotherapy, Dr.Mather)

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