A great way to brighten things up and cleanse and clear the respiratory system — as well as the mind — is a good, old-fashioned steam.
(Side note: Somehow I did not get the sauna that I asked Santa for. Weird.)
Most of us do not have a steam room or sauna, and even if you have one at your gym, it’s not always practical to do. If only there was a way to spare your hairdo from the sweatfest.
Oh wait, there is!
It’s the mini personal steam.
This doesn’t mean you have to hunch over a pot of water on the stove. Just pour some steaming water in a mug, drape a kitchen towel over your head and breathe slowly in and out through your nose for a few minutes.
Essential oil (one drop) will amp up the medicinal value — eucalyptus, myrrh, cedarwood, ravensara, rosemary, fir and spruce are some of the great expectorant oils. (Keep in mind, this is medicine, not fun fragrance, so don’t over-dose.)
We did a personal mini steam in this weekend’s Seasonal Care workshop to rave reviews!
A steam can balance whatever state is in excess — it will help focus and clarify the mind so you can work on a task, and it will soothe and clear the mind so you can rest. Of course, it’s fabulous for cold prevention and cold care — keeping the respiratory system moist and moving.
Give it a try and test the effects for yourself. As always, I’d love to hear how it goes.
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