Steam Inhalation for Head Cold and Sinus Infection

Steam Inhalation for Head Colds and Sinus Infections

By Joseph Steyr, ND

steam inhalationSteam Inhalation implies the breathing of warm, damp air into the mucous membranes and respiratory tract. Here are the wonderful effects of steam inhalation:

  • Soothes inflammation and congestion of the mucous membranes of the upper respiratory tract.
  • Relieves “throat trickle” by dampening the air.
  • Triggers expectoration and opening of the passageways.
  • Relieves the coughing.
  • Relieves sporadic breathing.
  • Stops dryness of the mucous membranes.

Here is the procedure in carrying out the steam inhalation:

  1. Fill a large jar or bowl with steaming hot water (the bowl can be held with gloves by the adult to make sure younger kids don’t knock over water).
  2. Use a drop of tea tree oil or eucalyptus oil (be sure to use few drops and test first for intensity)
  3. With caution, make a tent cover with yourself and the child under a large blanket or towel. Extra Caution must be carried out whilst treating children and agitated and edgy patients to prevent getting burned. The Caution is that the steam may be hot and the tea tree oil may have intense irritating vapours. So a test run before having the child try is always important.
  4. Lower your head over the bowl (eyes closed) and take deep breaths, allowing the vapours to go deep into the lungs. The heat will start to open the nasal passageways.
  5. Stay Under that blankets for 2 mins then rest. Add more boiling water and repeat a few times.
  6. When sick the treatment will have the best results if repeated at least 3 Times a day or more.
  7. Or Use for daily night time treatment for a good sleep.

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Recipe of the Month: Green Apple+ Red Pepper jelly Grilled Cheese Sandwich



  • 8 slices multigrain bread
  • ½ cup (125 ml) butter
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) red pepper jelly
  • 4 tsp (20 ml) grainy mustard
  • 8 oz (250 g)  Medium Cheddar Cheese, sliced and divided
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, cored and thinly sliced


Preheat frying pan or flat-top grill to medium-high.

Butter one side of each slice of bread. Spread red pepper jelly evenly over the non-buttered slices of bread. Spread grainy mustard on the remaining slices of bread.

Layer half of the  Medium Cheddar cheese over the red pepper jelly. Top with apple slices and remaining cheese. Finish assembling the four sandwiches by placing a slice of bread with grainy mustard over the cheese, buttered side up.

Grill for 3 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cheese is melted. Cut in half and serve.

downloadDid you know…..?

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