Herbal Steam for Bronchial Wellness

This bronchial herbal steam relies on herbs that are anti-microbial, anti-viral, moistening and antiseptic to help clear and combat any lingering pathogens that may be present in the lungs or sinuses.

The winter months are often the most challenging for our lungs and sinuses.  The cold weather often brings dryness to those areas and frequent illness such as bronchitis and lingering viral infections become more common. Cold and dry air quickly dehydrates the mucosal tissues which leads to scratchy and sore throats, dry raspy coughs and painfully dry sinuses. Keeping the sinus cavities and lungs moist and hydrated can be an extremely effective, preventable measure if you’re prone to developing sinus or lung related issues in the winter months. The best part about this herbal steam remedy is that you likely have all of the ingredients in your kitchen cupboards already, making this a classic and effective herbal home remedy.

This bronchial herbal steam relies on herbs that are anti-microbial, anti-viral, moistening and antiseptic to help clear and combat any lingering pathogens that may be present in the lungs or sinuses. Thyme & rosemary contain thymol and camphor, two beneficial herbal constituents that help to break up any congestion. I recommend using all dried herbs for this steam. You’ll also need a large bowl and a thick towel.

Herbal Steam for Bronchial Wellness:

1 tsp Thyme

1 tsp Rosemary

1 tsp Sage

Juice of 1 lemon + lemon peel (coarsely chopped)

5-6 drop eucalyptus essential oil

Instructions:

Bring 4-5 cups of water to a boil. Add all of the herbs into a large bowl and pour over with hot water. Sit close to the bowl and lean your head completely over the bowl, letting the steam rise up over your face. Cover your head with the towel and breath in deeply for 5-6 minutes.

Do this twice daily, in the morning and especially in the evening before bedtime. Repeat as often as needed throughout the winter months.

About the Author:

Lindsay Kluge is a Clinical Herbalist & Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist and received her Masters of Science degree in Herbal Medicine from the Maryland University of Integrative Health in 2012. She has been with Richmond Natural Medicine since 2013, and specializes in therapeutic holistic nutrition, circadian rhythm balance and sleep physiology, digestion, and Ayurvedic nutrition. She offers individualized nutrition and herbal medicine consultations that include meal planning support, custom compounded herbal formulas, nutrition guidance and general wellness support.  Learn more about services that Lindsay offers at Richmond Natural Medicine by clicking HERE.