This mix is specifically formulated for sinus and chest congestion. It breaks up mucus that blocks the airways and eases breathing. The deep coughs that rattle your lungs can signify pneumonia, which can also be treated with this formula, must be taken seriously. If you suspect pneumonia, get qualified medical attention at once.
In herbal steams, organic ingredients are truly best. Pesticides reside on the surface of plants, which would transfer to the steam, so avoid non-organic herbs all around and especially if you’re immune system is compromised by illness, stress, or allergies.
For the procedure for doing an herbal steam, see The Practical Herbalist’s Herbal How-to section.
If you’re interested in other Herbal Steam recipes, see The Practical Herbalist’s Remedies section.
For more information on how to ease sinus conditions holistically, see The Practical Herbalist’s Herbal Treatment for Sinus Infections.
- 2 cups dried eucalyptus leaves
- 1 1/2 cups dried yarrow
- 1 cup dried lavender
- 1/2 cup rosemary leaves
- 1 mixing bowl
- 1 spoon
- a resealable 2-quart container
- a label
- Pour the herbs into the mixing bowl and gently stir with a spoon. Try not to break up the plant parts since this will release the essential oils.
- Pour the mix into a resealable container.
- Label the container with the name of the mix, ingredients, and date mixed.
Storage and Use
Store your Decongestant Steam Mix in a cool dark place. If fresh ingredients are used, the mixture must be used immediately to prevent spoilage.