For centuries the Indigenous tribes of America have used the technique of steaming to help ease and treat illnesses. While it may not be effective for some ailments, it can definitely help ease the symptoms of others. Whether it’s allergies, the flu, or a sinus infection, traditional steaming can help ease decongestion and it’s great for your skin too!
Begin by boiling a pot of water, and create a make-shift single version of the traditional teepee. Sit down with the bowl of boiled water in front of you and drape a towel or blanket over your head, creating a personal teepee. This will ensure no steam escapes your safe zone, to give a mini sauna effect.
The steam will help to open up airways, allowing you to breathe more easily. The heat allows any mucus to break up and come out, so make sure you have tissues on stand by. The steam also opens up pores, which is great for encouraging healthy glowing skin.
Try adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil to your boiled water for optimal results. The smell and tingling sensation may seem overwhelming at first, but if you can power through it, you’ll notice your throat and sinuses start to clear up almost immediately. The oil also helps the effects of steaming to last a few hours longer, as relief from steaming is only temporary.