Steam Inhalation Procedure

Introduction

Steam inhalation is a process of breathing in moist, hot air. This is beneficial because it can help clear the nasal passages, loosen congestion, and help to relieve a cough. It also helps to soothe irritated tissues in the nose, throat, and lungs. In addition, steam inhalation can help to promote healing because it helps to increase blood flow and circulation to the area. Steam inhalation is a common treatment for respiratory infections, such as the common cold, bronchitis, and pneumonia.

However, it’s important to know the correct way or method of doing it. Here is a traditional method of steam inhalation with herbs.

Procedure

Select some medicinal herbs to be use for the steam.

Wash the herbs very well with clean water and put in a pot.

You can add ginger, lemon and garlic if you wish.

Put the pot in the fire and boil for about 15 minutes until it is very hot.

Remove the pot, put it on the floor but do not open yet.

Use a blanket to cover your body with it and open the pot while you are covered.

Inhale the hot air from the pot for about 2 to 5 minutes.

Use a spoon to stir it and inhale again for about 2minutes.

You are done. Remove the blanket and clean yourself up.

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What happen when you inhale the hot air

When the lungs inhale, the diaphragm contracts and pulls downward. At the same time, the muscles between the ribs contract and pull upward. This increases the size of the thoracic cavity and decreases the pressure inside. As a result, air rushes in and fills the lungs.

Conclusion

Be very careful handling just-boiled water. The steam coming from water when it boils can scald so before using the water be careful not to get burned by the pot or the hot water.. • Do not steam if you have been diagnosed with heart failure – this is contraindicated.

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