Congestion is so aggravating! But there are ways to relieve the discomfort and soothe the symptoms while addressing the root of the problem too, like this natural decongestant steam bowl
Thanks to transitioning to a more natural lifestyle, we have been blessed with overall good health in the past few years and rarely get sick. But when something does come up, I always use natural remedies at home first. You know, unless it’s like, a broken bone. Emergencies get emergency care, so there’s that little disclosure for all the internet cops 😉
Congestion is really, really uncomfortable
And heres why: the little nasal tissues and vessels are inflamed, and producing excess fluid….which is difficult to relieve because of the inflammation. Simple enough, we all know how that works, even kids know how that feels and works! The reason for the review is to start thinking about which essential oils would be beneficial to address congestion.
But first, let’s review:
What are essential oils?
EO’s are the lifeblood of plants. Just like we humans have blood that circulates to deliver what we need to live, and aid in protecting and healing us – plants have “blood” too!
Essential oils are lightweight and volatile, unlike fatty oils, which means they are absorbed easily into the skin within seconds upon application. We’ll talk about inhalation in a minute.
Since plants are of nature, the human body recognizes them as beneficial and isn’t overwhelmed like with synthetic stuff. Plants + humans work together. This is the objective of using natural solutions: synergy.
Choosing which oils to use:
I’ll tell you a little bit about my choice blend here, but ultimately – you can create your own from the hundreds of plant oils available!
There’s often more than one oil to address any given symptom or concern, so finding the right one will be a bit of an art that you can play with.
The best advice I can give here is to use a resource you trust when choosing oils. For this reason, I gift all my new members a science based oil app to search by oil, blend, or symptom/concern. Pinterest, oily books, and good facebook groups are also great places to learn!
The oils I chose for this steam bowl:
these are not my claims or words – I am copying from published literature on the essential oils listed
- Raven – A blend of ravintsara, lemon, wintergreen, peppermint, and eucalyptus radiata – the oils in this blend have highly antiviral and antiseptic properties
- Thieves – a blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus radiata, and rosemary – this blend is very well known for antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-infectious properties.
- Lemon – immune stimulant, improves microcirculation
So, it’s easy to see that this combo has the components to act as a natural decongestant, addressing the root of the problem and soothing the symptoms
Natural decongestant steam bowl
This method of inhaling essential oils is a more intense version of simply diffusing. I save this for when I feel like we really need it.
Inhalation is one of the three uses of essential oils (the other two are topical application & ingestion). When a pure, therapeutic grade essential oil is inhaled, it penetrates the blood brain barrier, and reaches the lymbic system (emotional center) via the olfactory bulb….within 22 seconds. Ahhh, the wonders of God’s creation.
Inhaling the steam + oil combination is just perfect to relieve congestion. You’ll know what I’m talking about as soon as you begin to inhale. It can be done once, or a few times daily until no longer necessary.
How to make an essential oil steam bowl
- Boil 2-3 cups of well water or purified water. Chemically treated water is not ideal.
- Pour the boiling water into a bowl
- Add 3-6 drops of pure, therapeutic grade essential oil to the bowl of steaming (not boiling) water, using the singles or blends of your choice
- Lean down close over the bowl, covering your head with a towel to make a sort of tent over the bowl
- Inhale deeply for several minutes
- Repeat a few times daily until no longer necessary
Natural Decongestant Steam Bowl Notes:
- Do not re-heat the water & oil. If you’d like to save it – pour it into a diffuser and diffuse
- Don’t add oil to boiling water, it will evaporate before you are able to begin inhalation
- As mentioned above, research! Learn about the oils you are choosing using a reliable resource
- Anything less than the highest quality essential oil will not give you the same experience. Labeling standards in the US are very low and deceiving – research the company prior to selecting essential oils
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