Steam inhalation became more and more popular last year when COVID-19 threatened to keep us down. More families started doing it often especially by boiling water with neem leaves in it and inhaling the vapour with the aim of removing Corona from the system.
The truth of the matter is that, when you have a cold and you inhale steam, it helps you feel better.
The practice of inhaling the steam is sometimes called steam therapy. This practice loosens up the mucus in the nasal passages, throat and lungs. While steam inhalation won’t cure an infection, like a cold or the flu, it may help make you feel a lot better while your body fights it off. The inflammation in the blood vessels of the sinuses causes stuffy noses. What the steam does is to ease feelings of irritation and swollen blood vessels in the nasal passages. The moisture may also help thin the mucus in your sinuses, which allows them to empty more easily. This can allow your breathing to return to normal, at least for a short period of time. (Source: healthline.com)
If you want to do this treatment at home, put a pot of water on fire and allow the water to boil. You can use the water just like that or add herbs like the neem leaves into it and let it stay on the fire for an extra 5 minutes. pour the water into a bucket. Sit in front of the bucket and cover your whole body and the bucket of hot water with a thick cloth or blanket. Put your head over the bucket and breathe in the vapour deep into your lungs. Continue like that until the water becomes cooler.
If at any point you feel like you’re not getting enough oxygen, raise the cloth and breathe in deep. When you feel better, go back to inhaling the steam. If you need to blow your nose at any point, go ahead and do that as well and then continue the treatrment.
Some people add this neem water to the normal water they bath with afterwards since people claim it’s medicinal.
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