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Have you tried ‘herbal tea steaming’ for congestion relief? Breathing in steam is an age-old practice used to ease respiratory issues. Additionally, it opens pores, helps to remove toxins and cleanses the skin. However, using herbs, flowers and spices in steam water creates further healing powers by adding antiseptic, antibacterial and antiviral properties to the vapours.

Whether it’s from a hot shower or piping hot cup of tea, steam can bring quick relief to a stuffy head or chest. But don’t wait until you’re not feeling well – next time your cup of herbal tea is steeping, take advantage of the healing steam by breathing it in. There’s something so satisfying about breathing in a cup of tea before you begin to sip.

For deep relief from congestion try using this simple ‘head over the bowl’ method.


Herbal Tea Steaming

• A large heat proof bowl
• 2 – 3  heaped teaspoons of loose leaf herbal tea or flower infusions
• Pure filtered water

• Put bowl in a sink
• Add herbal tea to bowl
• Bring water to a boil and pour over herbal tea, filling bowl half way
• Cover your head with a towel, lean over the bowl, and breathe in the steam
CAUTION: Close your eyes and use caution before placing your face over the bowl to ensure you are not burned by the initial rush of steam

Love a relaxing bath? Put herbal tea in a reusable cotton bag and toss into your bathwater for a healing soak. Or toss into a foot bath to soothe those achy feet.