Herbal Sinus Steam

Oh, the joys of breathing after days of a stuffy nose! My four-year-old and I really got flattened by this cold and it’s just hanging on forever. Ugh. I decided to go beyond our basic cold care and cold remedy teas, so I pulled out some of our favorite herbs and made herbal steams. I use this steam to prevent and treat sinus infections, too!

Essential oils can be substituted, but please be cautious as they are much stronger.

What You’ll Need

  • A medium to large heat-proof bowl.
  • 6 to 8 cups of boiling water (filtered, so that you aren’t breathing chlorine!).
  • Herbs
    2 cups eucalyptus
    1 cup peppermint
    1/2 cup rosemary
    1/4 cup thyme
  • A large towel

What To Do

  1. Put the herbs in the bowl and bring the water to a boil.
  2. Pour the boiling water over the herbs and give them a quick stir.
  3. Lean over the bowl (start out about 12-18 inches from the bowl) and tent the towel over your head. Keep your eyes closed, since the peppermint steam can irritate them.
  4. Breath deeply, moving closer to the bowl as the water cools. Make sure to get fresh air if you’re feeling dizzy and don’t get close enough to burn your face with the steam.
  5. Blow your nose, as needed, don’t sniff! 🙂
  6. When the water cools, you can add more hot water or you can pour the water and herbs into a saucepan to get more use out of the herbs. Just keep the heat really low (we want it to steam, not simmer) and breathe the steam whenever you happen to walk past.

22 thoughts on “Herbal Sinus Steam

    • I’d love to hear what you think when you try it! It’s so soothing and it really helps open up those nasal passages. 🙂

      Thanks so much for visiting and commenting, Tammy!

  1. Great reminder! I’ve had that pesky head stuffiness for days and this will definitely help it. I don’t have any dried eucalyptus on hand though, do you think essential oil would work in its place?

    • Absolutely! Just wait until after you’ve poured in the water, then add 3 to 5 drops. Be sure to keep your eyes closed, because the essential oils are very strong.

      Thanks for the question, Shelle!

      • I’ll bet my girls will like it! Hopefully we won’t have any colds for a while though! I’m featuring this this week, and I shared it on my Facebook Page last night!

  2. I can almost smell it ow! We make a chest rub with essntials oils from all the plants you used except the thyme. Thanks for sharing it with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday! Hope you link up again tomorrow!

  3. Ann says:

    Better than comfort food when your nose is stuffy! I used essential peppermint oil because I didn’t have any fresh. I am prone to sinus infections and am completely blocked right now, and I actually made progress getting it to loosen up. Can’t wait to try again after a nap 🙂

  4. Michelle says:

    I use the same blend, but use essential oils instead of the herbs and turn them into little discs. I add a mix of baking soda and water and add the oils and let them dry in a cupcake pan overnight. Then I just pop them out and seal them in a ziploc bag. When we need them, we put one in a bowl and pour the boiling water over it and do the same as you described. This just cuts out the steps of having to prepare it when you’re already feeling sick. I usually make 12 at a time when I’m feeling well, that way when we’re sick, it takes less work.

    • Fun! My essential oil stash was horribly low, at the time, so I went with dried herbs. I’ll be sure to keep your idea in mind to keep those on hand for all the winter colds. Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

  5. KATHEE ALLEN says:

    I HAVE DONE THIS OVER THE BATHROOM SINK…I JUST KEEP THE HOT WATER RUNNING..AND PLAY WITH THE PLUNGER SO IT DOESN’T OVER FLOW..I PUT VICKS IN THE HOT WATER..BREATH IN THRU YOUR NOSE.. OUT THRU YOUR MOUTH… MAKES HUGE AMOUNTS OF STEAM WHEN YOU BLOW OUT… WORKS GREAT ON YOUR SINUS.. AND A GREAT SAUNA FOR YOUR FACE…DOESN’T MAKE FOR PRETTY HAIR THO..LOL

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