INHALE STEAMInhaling steam may soothe irritated lungs and break up mucus. May include essential oils. Use a pot of boiling water, or purchase a commercial facial/sinus steamer.
How Does This Ayurvedic Home Remedy Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
Feel dry, irritated, inflamed airway tissues sign in relief as you inhale warm, moist, soothing steam. When combined with bright, aromatic essential oils, you'll notice tension melting from your system and enjoy full, clear breaths.
Essential oils have an antimicrobial
, bronchodilating effect which deals with lung pathology at the root.
Steam inhalation is an incredibly simple, affordable way to soothe the system when colds, congestion or sinus infections
arise. These conditions can result in inflammation and excess mucus production, leading to a blocked nose and pain. Steam therapy sees moist, warm air loosen mucus in the nasal passages, throat and lungs
to ease symptoms. It also eases the feeling of painful irritation in the nasal passages.
Steam inhalation is Indicated for
- Stuffed nose
- Respiratory infections
- Constriction in Lungs / wheezing
What You Need for Steam Therapy at Home
- Large, heat safe bowl
- Boiled water
- Optional: essential oils eg: thyme, mint, eucalyptus, tea tree, lavender, chamomile
Alternatively you may use a commercial steam inhaling product.
- Pour steaming water into bowl
- Add 2-3 drops essential oils if desired
- Drape towel over head and bowl, so steam is trapped
- Close the eyes and bring head about 10in away from water
- Relax and breathe deeply through nose
- Practice for at least 2 mins and at maximum 15 minutes
- Repeat 2-3x/day if desired
SUGGESTED USEPlease follow label or as directed by your practitioner.
Biocharacteristics of Inhale Steam
See a complete list of all biocharacteristics.
Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics
Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance.
By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick.
Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold).
You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.
ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
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ABOUT LIQUEFIED BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Substances that thin fluids (lower viscosity of blood plasma). These may include blood thinners or mucolytic herbs.
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The 6 Tastes
Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food.
Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body.
Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food.
Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods.
Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion.
Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste.
One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes.
The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent.
Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?
ABOUT PUNGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine
people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person.
Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness.
Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency.
Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses.
The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.
The 3 functional body types
are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha).
Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Herbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Inhale Steam
Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Herbs that coat or form a soothing film over a mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation of the membrane.
SEE ALL 'DEMULCENT' FOODS / HERBS
Warms the chest and lungs, clearing mucus and allowing for clear breathing. Often these herbs are hot, aromatic, and pungent.
SEE ALL 'WARMS-CHEST' FOODS / HERBS
Expectorants help you eliminate mucus from the lungs. These herbs often work by increasing the quantity of mucus, or thinning the mucus. Expectorants are indicated when phlegm congests the lower respiratory tract.
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Strengthens the lungs. Lung tonics include antifibrotic, vessel tonic, or nourishing herbs with an affinity for the lungs. They aid recovery in acute or chronic lung conditions.
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A vasodilator is an herb that widens the blood vessels by the relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls, thereby increasing circulation systemically or to a local area.
SEE ALL 'VASODILATOR' FOODS / HERBS
Compare Inhale Steam with these Foods
Daikon Radish has these Actions in Common
Clears-sinuses, Expectorant, Mucolytic, Anti-inflammatory, Decongestant, Flushes-sinuses, Warms-chest, Bronchodilator, Diaphoretic, Lung-tonic, Warms-head
Garlic (raw) has these Actions in Common
Decongestant, Flushes-sinuses, Vasodilator, Diaphoretic, Lung-tonic, Warms-chest, Bronchodilator, Expectorant, Mucolytic
Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common
Clears-sinuses, Flushes-membranes, Warms-chest, Decongestant, Flushes-sinuses, Warms-head, Bronchodilator, Diaphoretic, Vasodilator
Red Onion (raw)
Red Onion (raw) has these Actions in Common
Decongestant, Flushes-sinuses, Diaphoretic, Mucolytic, Bronchodilator, Flushes-membranes, Vasodilator
Cayenne Pepper has these Actions in Common
Vasodilator, Anti-inflammatory, Expectorant, Warms-chest, Decongestant, Flushes-sinuses, Diaphoretic
Scallions (Raw) has these Actions in Common
Decongestant, Vasodilator, Diaphoretic, Warms-chest, Clears-sinuses, Expectorant
Thyme (fresh) has these Actions in Common
Diaphoretic, Vasodilator, Bronchodilator, Expectorant, Decongestant, Lung-tonic
Basil has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Diaphoretic, Bronchodilator, Lung-tonic, Decongestant, Warms-head
Cinnamon has these Actions in Common
Diaphoretic, Warms-chest, Decongestant, Expectorant, Demulcent, Soothes-throat
Allspice has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Vasodilator, Clears-sinuses, Warms-chest, Decongestant, Warms-head
Wasabi has these Actions in Common
Expectorant, Warms-chest, Flushes-sinuses, Diaphoretic, Mucolytic
Compare Inhale Steam with these Herb Supplements
Hot Shower has these Actions in Common
Flushes-membranes, Flushes-sinuses, Hydrotherapy, Bronchodilator, Mucolytic, Clears-sinuses, Vasodilator, Decongestant, Warms-chest, Diaphoretic, Warms-head, Expectorant
Hot Bath has these Actions in Common
Clears-sinuses, Vasodilator, Decongestant, Warms-chest, Diaphoretic, Warms-head, Expectorant, Flushes-membranes, Flushes-sinuses, Hydrotherapy, Bronchodilator, Mucolytic
Epsom Salt Bath
Epsom Salt Bath has these Actions in Common
Expectorant, Flushes-membranes, Flushes-sinuses, Hydrotherapy, Bronchodilator, Mucolytic, Clears-sinuses, Vasodilator, Decongestant, Warms-chest, Diaphoretic, Warms-head
Humidifier has these Actions in Common
Lung-tonic, Antitussive, Mucolytic, Bronchodilator, Soothes-throat, Clears-sinuses, Decongestant, Demulcent, Expectorant, Hydrotherapy
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common
Bronchodilator, Warms-head, Clears-sinuses, Decongestant, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Lung-tonic, Vasodilator, Anti-inflammatory, Warms-chest
Chest Rub with Essential Oils
Chest Rub with Essential Oils has these Actions in Common
Mucolytic, Vasodilator, Bronchodilator, Decongestant, Expectorant, Flushes-sinuses, Lung-tonic
Kanakasava- Breathe Alive Tonic Drink
Kanakasava- Breathe Alive Tonic Drink has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Bronchodilator, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Lung-tonic, Vasodilator, Warms-chest
Licorice Ghee (9oz)
Licorice Ghee (9oz) has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Antitussive, Demulcent, Expectorant, Lung-tonic, Mucolytic, Soothes-throat
Licorice Root (Yastimadhu)
Licorice Root (Yastimadhu) has these Actions in Common
Soothes-throat, Anti-inflammatory, Antitussive, Demulcent, Expectorant, Lung-tonic, Mucolytic
Sniff raw onions, chopped
Sniff raw onions, chopped has these Actions in Common
Bronchodilator, Decongestant, Diaphoretic, Flushes-membranes, Mucolytic, Vasodilator
Joyful Belly is a recognized school of biocharacteristics medicine.
TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS
Inhale Steam may be beneficial for these symptoms. The suitability of any herb supplement for a condition is highly dependent on the individual.
Please see your doctor before using this herb supplement to treat a medical condition.