Steam helps ease congestion, sinus infections and inflammation within respiratory passages. Additionally, the moist heat will hydrate your skin, enhance circulation and unclog pores, giving your skin an unseasonably healthy glow.
Adding essential oils and herbs to your steam bath will boost the health benefits of this therapy and promote mental relaxation. Eucalyptus and peppermint oils offer anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. Chamomile, calendula and lavender are excellent hydration aides. And dried hibiscus lends its antioxidant properties to revitalize the respiratory system and skin.
DIY STEAM BATH
For a simple at-home method, boil two cups of water and pour over your herb mixture (1/3 cup of each herb), steep for ten minutes.
Next, fill a clean bathroom sink or large bowl halfway with very hot water.
Then press or strain the herbs and add the herbal infusion and four or five drops of the essential oil of your choice to the water.
Pull up a chair and drape a large bath towel over your head and shoulders to create a “tent” over yourself and your steam bath. Relax for 3 to 5 minutes.
FULL-BODY STEAM TREATMENTS
Full-body steam therapies are available at spas and salons worldwide and offer added benefits including increasing the surface temperature of your skin as well as your core body temperature and promoting sweating.
Additionally, full-body treatments will increase blood circulation, relax muscles and joints, and ease stress and tension. Hyperthermia (detoxification by heat stress) has even been proven to help remove toxins stored in body fat and to break down scar tissue.
Before starting a steam regime, you should consider asking your healthcare practitioner if steam therapy may be a beneficial hydration treatment for you.
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Steam Room and Sauna Therapies. Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences. http://www.medcenter.scnm.edu/steam-room-a-sauna-therapies
DIY Herbal Facial Steam. Whole Living. http://www.wholeliving.com/134335/diy-herbal-facial-steam