Breathe in. Breathe out.
Such a simple and minute to minute action that we often take fully for granted. Except when that simple act is limited or, as with the current pandemic, fear inducing.
Enter the respiratory steam.
We've all enjoyed leaning over a hot steaming pot of soup and inhaling the aroma.
Well, as in the case of many traditional soups, the mouth watering aroma is coming from the vapor of herbs and spices that are not only delicious, but offer up medicinal compounds that keep us healthy.
Strip away your meal within the soup and what you have is a broth that brings healing right to the pathways into your lungs.
Steam, when enhanced with herbs like thyme, oregano, ginger, orange peel, black pepper, or even just plain water vapor, not only clear a stuffy or dries a runny nose, but delivers the treatment to stop your nose troubles to begin with.
It also does the same for sore throats, cough, eye irritation and all upper respiratory ailments.
Thankfully, it is very inexpensive and easy to do.
Measure about a small palm-full of the herbs you are using and lightly simmer them within 2-4 cups of water (LID ON THE POT) for about 10-20min.
Remove the lid and lean over the pot with a towel covering over the back of your head to keep the steam at your face and not evaporating. Now breathe.
When it's cool enough, open your eyes while you do this.
Any time you feel an infection coming on, or if you have been exposed to one, get to the steam as soon as you can so the herbal medicine can begin healing your respiratory system and you can return quickly to your simple, wonderful breath.