Blocked sinuses are no fun at all. It might seem easy to turn to prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines for quick relief, but you can clear your breathing very simply and naturally with a home remedy using essential oils and steam. Essential oils help soothe inflammation, open up the airways and loosen thick mucus so you can breathe easy again.
Boil the water, then pour it carefully into a large glass bowl placed on a sturdy table. Do not touch the bowl once the boiling water is in it, or you may burn yourself.
Place the essential oils, rosemary and olive oil into the boiling water. The oils dissolve into the water, create a strong aroma and help keep the heat of the water and steam flowing.
Sit in a chair and place your head over the bowl of steam. Drape a towel over your head to trap and direct the steam. Be careful not to have your face too close to the boiling water and hot steam because it could burn your skin.
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Take deep breaths and inhale the steam. You'll feel a cooling sensation and relief in your nasal passage and chest. Do this for 15 to 20 minutes.
Repeat these steps three to four times a day.
You can try other essential oils, spices and herbs like lavender, nutmeg, ginger, and hyssop. Just put a teaspoon of each in the boiling water to create a healing steam.
Essential oils can cause allergic reactions in some people, so it's important to talk to your doctor before using them.
This homemade breathing treatment is not for people suffering from severe breathing difficulties. If this is the case, it's best to seek out a health care professional immediately.
The homemade breathing treatment does not always treat breathing problems immediately.
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