Steam Inhalations and Oils for Colds and Congestion!

Steam Inhalations and Oils for Colds and Congestion!

Incorporating essential oils into steam inhalation can be a soothing and effective way to boost immunity and alleviate congestion and it's something that we use at home regularly across the winter months.  The rise in colds also co-incides with the transition between seasons - as we move from Autumn to Winter, we often get a cold and the same occurs as we move from Winter to Spring.

A steam inhalation is one of the best ways to clear congestion and head colds once you've already got the 'bug' but it's also a great way to prevent a cold taking hold in the first place.  A form of immune boosting defence!

When using essential oils for steam inhalation, it's crucial to ensure they are pure and of high quality.  For the classic old-fashioned method, add a few drops of your chosen essential oil to a bowl of hot water, cover your head with a towel, and inhale deeply, allowing the therapeutic vapors to work their magic. Always exercise caution, especially with hot water and if you have existing health conditions or are pregnant.  For an atmospheric cleanse, or to have oils by you during the day as you work it's worth investing in a plug-in steam diffuser.  

I've listed out some of the best oils below to use in steam inhalations below, and as always if you have any questions don't hesitate to get in touch with me personally on

Eucalyptus Oil - renowned for its ability to clear nasal passages and combat respiratory issues, thanks to its main component, 1,8-cineole, which has mucolytic, bronchodilating, and anti-inflammatory properties.  A gentler version of this oil - particuarly suitable for children, the elderly and those of you who find Eucalyptus globulus too over powering is Euclyptus Citriodora (Eucalyptus Lemon).  Add 2-3 drops of Eucalyptus or 4 drops of Eucalyptus Lemon to a  boil of hot water for steam inhalation, or  2-3 drops of Eucalyptus or 4 drops of Eucalyptus Lemon to a steam diffuser

Tea Tree Oil -  a great booster and germ deterent due to its' anitmicrobial benefits that can help ward off pathogens and support immune function.  This oil does have a rather 'antiseptic' fragrance and I would advise blending with something softer like Eucalyptus Lemon or Lavender.  Add 2 drops of each to a boil of hot water for steam inhalation, or 3 drops of each to a steam diffuser

Peppermint oil - with its high menthol content, this potent oil can also relieve congestion and promote easier breathing.  This oil is also great for any sinus headaches that might accompany the congestion - dab a drop of the oil neat directly behind the ears, or at the base of the skull/hairline to ease a heavy head.   I would combine this oil in a bowl steam inhalation (2 drops) with Lemon Eucalyptus or Lavender (2 drops) or add 3-4 drops to steam diffuser

Lavender oil - this oil is not the obvious go-to for a cold or congestion but it is not only calming and soothing, it can also support the immune system with its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial qualities.  Add 2 drops alongside something with energising and decongestant properties like Euclayptus  or Tea Tree to a bowl of hot water, or add 4 drops to a steam diffuser with a couple of drops of energising Euclyptus for an atmospheric cleanse.


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