Steam is therapeutic, especially if you also take advantage of the effect of certain plants. It will help you cure colds and much more.
When we breathe, we collect air from the environment that can be dry or humid, cold or hot, but then, from the lungs, we exhale an air that is always humid and warm. It is our own vapor, the most natural and accessible. And sometimes the best remedy to soften our respiratory mucous membranes.
With a scarf or mask, we can make a small tent, breathe in it, and inspire that mist. We can also produce vapors by heating and evaporating water, alone or with medicinal plants. Instead of inspiring it, we can apply it locally for specific pathologies.
MAKING STEAM AT HOME IS VERY SIMPLE
In a pot, heat 3-5 liters of water and the chosen plants. Sit in the front and cover the head, neck, and bare chest with a sheet or towel, and on top of it a woolen blanket.
To inhale, slowly uncover the pot and breathe through your nose and mouth. Close the towel or sheet and the blanket so that the steam does not escape, but without adjusting them too much to avoid burning yourself.
The effect is immediate. Sweating will occur within seconds of starting to inhale the steam. Extend the session from 10 to 20 minutes. For greater effectiveness, do two sessions a day.
Finish the steam bath with a cold water rub of the entire wet area to create contrast. Then dry off and bundle up immediately. Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) is one of the plants that you can add to water in case of a cold.
WHAT PLANTS TO ADD TO WATER?
Choose them for their properties: sage for excessive foot sweat; horse chestnut and vine for the circulation of the legs; thyme and rosemary for nails; devil's claw, rosemary or turmeric, among others, for rheumatism. You can also breathe in steam by letting the pot release steam and plant aromas throughout the room or kitchen and stay there breathing for 20 minutes to an hour.
You can measure the humidity with a hygrometer: the normal is 50-70%. If it does not arrive, you can put a pot with water and plants that give off steam and a good smell.
Grow medicinal plants at home. Its smell will create an environment more similar to the humidity of the forest, with the warmth of home. This pleasantly softens the mucous membranes and improves cleaning and respiratory function.