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Hydrotherapy: Steam Inhalation
Steam inhalation may be used to relieve head and chest congestion, headache, and cold/flu symptoms.
- Small pot for boiling water
- Essential oils
- Medium sized towel or umbrella
In a small pot, boil water. While boiling, place facial tissue, face towel, and a bowl of ice cold water nearby. After water has boiled, add the following:
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 3-5 drops Eucalyptus oil
- 3-5 drops Oregano oil
- 3-5+ drops Lavender oil
- 3=5+ drops Peppermint oil
Immediately cover pot or wait a few seconds before starting steam inhalation as the oils can burn internally. Using an umbrella or towel over your head, carefully begin to inhale steam for 10-15 minutes. It is recommended to keep eyes closed during this time.
CONTRAINDICATIONS: Congestive heart failure, cardiac asthma, or other serious heart problems*. Steam inhalation is not advised for very young children as there is risk of burning (Akhavani, & Baker, 2005).
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Akhavani, M. A., & Baker, R. H. (2005). Steam inhalation treatment for children. The British journal of general practice : the journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners, 55(516), 557.