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Steam inhalation

Updated: Aug 16, 2021

All you need is a large heat-proof bowl, boiling water, a generous handful or two of crushed herbs and a towel. You may wish to include a couple of drops (literally) of essential oil. If you have a friend helping you, you may wish to add an extra blanket (over the towel) and a cold tea infusion with a flannel to complete the experience. As well as a nice cup of herbal tea for afterwards.


Chop and crush between 25-50g of fresh herbs to 600ml (1 pint) of boiling water. (Adult supervision required) Cover immediately without allowing the towel to drop into the water get inside, under the towel and place face above the bowl at a comfortable height (8-12 inches) above the steam and inhale deeply. Allow your face to sweat and nose to run into the bowl (this is not a glamorous event remember you will be pouring this water away. Use for up to 5 minutes once or twice a day

Traditionally used to clear respiratory conditions, hay fever, coughs and colds, sinusitis, tonsillitis and sore throats.

Please note hayfever sufferers may find the steam uncomfortably hot. Stay rested and rehydrate afterwards with herbal tea, to get the full benefit of the treatment.

Useful herbs from the garden to use fresh: for steam inhalations

Chamomile Lavender

Lemon juice and zest Peppermint

Pine Cinnamon Eucalyptus Rosemary

Thyme Elderflower

Lemon balm Marjoram


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