Steam Inhalation.

I started a new today class: Hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy involves the use of water to heal and to prevent illness. It is quite simple to preform yet very effective. Naturopathic doctors prescribe hydrotherapy quite often to patients as the treatments are very easy to do at home and are cheap ways to heal and stay healthy. You can expect many more posts on Hydrotherapy over the next couple of months.

To conclude today's introductory Hydrotherapy class, we preformed steam inhalation. Steam inhalation is a way of putting hot and moist air into the respiratory tract in order break up any built up mucous lining the tract, to increase circulation to the area, and to reduce any congestion. People who may benefit from steam inhalation are those with coughs, congestion, sore throat, heavy mucous, and laryngitis. How to properly preform the technique: fill a glass bowl (not metal, it will conduct heat too much) halfway with boiling water, lean your face over the bowl, then have someone drape a towel over your head (locking in the steam, preventing it from going anywhere than into your respiratory tract). Inhale the steam deeply for 15 minutes, then repeat 60 minutes later for best results. Additional tip: add a drop or two of Eucalyptus oil for an added antimicrobial action.

With the addition of Hydrotherapy to my weekly schedule, I now have three classes a week that end at 7 PM (aka 1900L). I am finding this quite late to end the day, so here is my plee: Dear CCNM class scheduling fairies, as a morning person, I am having trouble staying focused during these late classes; please consider adjusting the timetable. Thanks.

1 comment:

  1. Becca,

    Many, many moons ago in a little house in the country your Grandmother practiced hyrotherapy on us...when we had coughs, and colds out came the kettle and the towel over the bowl.

    xo PJ&M


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