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Steam Inhalation Basics

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Steam inhalation for sinus congestion coughs, or stuffy nose is very effective.
To get great results, all you need is:

  1. Hot water
  2. A bowl
  3. A towel
  4. One drop of essential oil.

Watch the video below for simple steam inhalation instructions:


Steam Inhalation is Simple!

This is a great way to stay healthy during cold and flu season. Take a few minutes 2-3 times a week for a steam inhalation to support the health of your respiratory tract. It’s quick and effective!

Essential oils for steam inhalation

  • Eucalyptus globulous  (for people over 10 only)
  • Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)
  • Black Spruce (Picea mariana)

There are other essential oils, I’m just giving you the ones that I like to use. If you are brand new to essential oils and steam inhalation, start with one of these three. Experiment, notice your experience, and then try other essential oils.  Remember, all you need is one drop – a little goes a long way!

Acupressure Points for Sinus Congestion

Caring for ourselves naturally is even better when we combine different approaches. When I have a stuffy nose or sinus congestion, I use steam inhalations and acupressure.  Now that you have mastered steam inhalations, go check out acupressure points to relieve sinus congestion.



About The Author

Cindy Black

Cindy Black is the Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing and the author of Meridian Massage, Pathways to Vitality. She is appreciated for her ability to make the complex accessible, fun, and practical.


  • Ann L'Ecuyer Musselman

    Reply Reply February 2, 2018

    Thank you, Cindy, for reminding me of this great method of steam inhalation. Will get on it right now! as well as practicing my acupuncture points I’ve been learning to relieve sinus congestion!

    • Cindy Black

      Reply Reply February 2, 2018

      Hi Ann,

      You will be feeling better soon!

  • Caryl

    Reply Reply February 14, 2018

    Thanks,Cindy. Such great info!

    • Cindy Black

      Reply Reply February 17, 2018

      You are welcome – thanks for writing! 🙂

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