Steam / Spray Treatments

Steam / Spray Treatments: Overview

Steam treatment carries essential oils directly to sinuses and lungs, and provides warm, moist air to help open nasal and bronchial passages.

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Instructions

Boil about 4-6 cups (1-1.5 liters) of water, turn off the heat, let it cool for 1 minute.  Carefully pour the water into a large bowl or just use the same pan the water was heated in.  Add 3-6 drops of an essential oil to the water and use a towel to guide the steam around your head as you breathe deeply.

If steaming is impractical, inhale from a tissue to which a few drops of an essential oil have been added.  Commonly-used oils include eucalyptus, mint, wintergreen, cajuput, frankincense, juniper and menthol.

An aromatic diffuser disinfects the atmosphere by releasing droplets of essential oil as a cool, fine mist.  It can be turned on in a room for 10 to 15 minutes every hour to clear airborne bacteria.  Because of clogging, do not use thick oils in a diffuser unless they have been diluted with a thin oil such as citrus, eucalyptus or rosemary, or mixed with alcohol.  If oils are left too long in a diffuser, they can oxidize and thicken.

Diluted essential oils can also be used as a throat spray through "nebulization".  A perfume atomizer or spray bottle will work to create this fine spray.  If you don't have a diffuser, simply combine water and essential oils in a spray bottle.

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Steam / Spray Treatments:

Steam / Spray Treatments can help with the following:

Infections

Cold Or Flu

Interference with the constant passage of mucus raises the chances for penetration of the virus.  Therefore, drinking liquids and maintaining a humid environment with a vaporizer may lower susceptibility.

Inflammation

Respiratory

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