When the mercury dips, the furnace fires up; and in many homes or offices, that means increased dryness. If you’re a mile high and dry, try steaming your face to help clear sinus congestion. I’ve used this simple home remedy for years, and I get instant relief, regardless of whether winter dryness or seasonal allergies wreak havoc. No medication involved, and you need only hot water, a bowl, a towel, and a couple drops of essential oil such as eucalyptus or ravensara.
Making a steam tent is this easy:
• Boil water.
• Add water to a bowl.
• Add a couple drops of essential oil–ravensara or eucalyptus–to the hot water. Wait 10 seconds or so for the initial steam to escape.
• Placing the towel over your head, close the towel around the bowl of steaming water to create a tent.
• Bend over the steaming bowl–don’t get too close, of course–and Inhale deeply through your nose.
• The steam will soften sinus congestion, so keep tissues on hand for blowing your nose.
The skin of your face will appreciate the steam, too. And the blast of aromatherapy refreshes. And when you’re finished, simply let the steam dissipate to freshen the air.
Of course, when dealing with hot water, be careful. And take precautions with essential oils, too, taking care not to get the oils near your eyes.
Be sure your essential oils are of high quality. In Denver, a great source of locally produced organic oils is Apothecary Tinctura.
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