Steaming is an old-school method to open the pores, cleanse the skin, and clear your sinuses. I am remembering the movie Guys and Dolls when Adelaide is overcome with emotion after a visit from her man, Nathan Detroit. He still won’t commit to a wedding date after fourteen years (yes, years – you read that right!) of engagement. She is overwhelmed, disappointed, and has a bad, bad cold. After he leaves the room, she dramatically places her face in her steamer, and the scene is ended in a flourish of billowing steam.
Steam is a great decongestant and is powered along with eucalyptus essential oil. A steamer isn’t necessary to achieve great results, and all you need is a towel, a sink filled halfway with hot water, and a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil.
- Get your water running very hot before filling the sink.
- Fill up the sink halfway with water. If it gets much fuller than that, you may inadvertently touch your chin or nose into the steaming water.
- Add 2-3 drops of eucalyptus essential oil.
- Covering your head and the sink with the towel, breathe the decongestant steam deeply for several minutes.
- Repeat as needed.