How to Cure a Cold with a Herbal Steam Treatment

How to Cure a Cold with a Herbal Steam Treatment

Steam treatments are steam inhalations that soften, moisturise and remove mucus from the nose, throat, bronchi and inner ears. You can do these inhalations yourself at home as a natural home remedy that will help ease the symptoms of colds, the flu, bronchitis or mucus.

You can also add certain kinds of herbs to the water that benefit your lungs even more and help you get rid of congestion. So in this OneHowTo article we'll show you how to do an effective steam treatment.

You'll need:
Steps to follow:

The first step of the steam treatment is to boil two litres of water in a pot or pan.


Use some of the following medicinal plants or their essences in the mixture:

  • thyme
  • pine
  • eucalyptus
  • rosemary
  • chamomile
  • tea
  • oregano

Place the covered pan or pot on a table and add two tablespoons of the mixture you made with medicinal plants; then cover the pot again.


The ill person should sit with their head bent over the pot, covering their head and torso with a large towel so as not to release steam from the sides.


Finally, they should slightly open the pot so they don't get burnt and start inhaling the steam.

Whenever the steam diminishes, open the lid more and eventually fully open it. This steam can last approximately 20 minutes. After this treatment you should feel less congested and able to breathe much more easily.

If you want to take things further and try to completely cure your cold check out more of our Home remedies for colds.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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  • These same vapours can be made with a blend of essential oils instead of medicinal plants. If you use oils, mix any of any of these: pine, thyme, tea tree, niaouli and oregano. Use 6 drops of essential oils, adding them two at a time while inhaling the vapours.
  • If you're feeling a bit overwhelmed while inhaling, change the towel for a finer cloth.
  • The inhalation should alternate, i.e., first breathe through the mouth and then through the nose (first one nostril and then the other). This way the steam will reach everywhere.
  • Don't do the steam treatment if the patient has a high fever.