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Steam Inhalations

Steam inhalation is a natural remedy which offers many benefits. This can be done with or without essential oils. Essential oils do add additional benefits; however just using steam alone works wonders! Not only does it offer respiratory benefits, but steam inhalation is a natural expectorant, improves circulation,  and cleans & rejuvenates your pores!

This natural home remedy is effective as PREVENTATIVE medicine (to stay healthy before), and also while one is feeling un-well. 

In dealing with common cold, flu, bronchitis, sinusitis, asthma, and allergies… Dry air passages are moistened, and mucus is loosened/eliminated easier by coughing or blowing the nose. The moist air also alleviates difficulty breathing, throat irritation and inflammation.

Also, when the body's temperature rises, blood vessels begin to dilate. This encourages blood flow and overall circulation in the body. The increase in circulation provide relief from headaches and migraines. The rise in temperature can also strengthen the immune system by stimulating the circulation of germ fighting white blood cells.


Here are some simple instructions for a Steam with essential oils. 

  • Have a large bath towel ready. Boil up some water and pour into the bowl size of your choice.  Place bowl on sturdy surface so that you can comfortably lean over the bowl while sitting. 
  • When adding essential oils, start with a couple drops. Essential oils are potent -- highly concentrated essences of plant medicine, a little goes a long way. 
  • As always, err on the side of caution and do what feels right for you. 
  • Try it both ways - with and without essential oils


Here are just a few suggestions for essential oils. If you have any questions, just ask!

  • For upper respiratory/sinus/cold/flu: Eucalyptus, Thyme, Lemon, Lemongrass, Tea Tree, Rosemary, Pine, Cypress
  • For headaches/migraines: Chamomile, Lavender
  • For relaxation: Lavender, Frankincense
  • To uplift your spirits: Any citrus - Lemon, Mandarine, Pink Grapefruit, Bergamot



Add 3-5 drops of the essential oil of your choice to a bowl of steaming water. Place a towel over your head, close your eyes, and inhale for 10 minutes. Stay a reasonable distance away from the hot water. Keep eyes closed. (Remove glasses or contact lenses while doing so)

You don’t need to stay under the towel for that long. If this is your first time doing this, start with a few deep breaths under the towel and then take off the towel and take a few more deep breaths. Do what feels comfortable for you.

As the water cools down, you may not smell the aroma as strongly. You can add a couple more drops of the essential oil if you’d like.


SUPERVISED – start with 1 drop of the essential oil blend. Come in and out of the towel as needed. Keep eyes closed.

An alternative for a child, add a few drops of your essential oil blend to a washcloth and toss in the shower. Steam from hot water will allow the aromas from the essential oil to permeate the room.

The steam really helps with allergy and also cold related ailments – headaches, sinus issues, and congestion. Although you can also just put a few drops of any blend onto a tissue or cotton ball and inhale for 5-10 minutes.


Room Refreshers

In case you didn’t know what a bowl of steaming water looked like, here it is!

Room Refreshers or Diffusers are a simple way to add the healing benefits of essential oils to the ambient air. 

Add 5-7 drops of essential oil(s) of your choice to a bowl of very hot water and place in a safe place ~ top of fridge works. If you have children or fur-kids, just make sure it is in a secure spot.  

The warmth of the water gradually allows the essential oils to evaporate with the water. The molecules of the essential oils will be in the ambient air long after the actual aroma dissipates, still providing benefits. This is also great for a small space - bedroom before sleep, or your office/workspace.

You can keep this out for an hour or so. Choose from the essential oils listed above or add your own favorites!


FYI about both:

You don’t need to be feeling ‘sick’ to do these. They can be used as preventative medicine when you are feeling well. Or when you intuitively feel as though you are ‘coming down with something’. Stay Healthy and Heal Naturally!



June 29, 2016 by Kristin Robinson

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