Herbal Steams for Immune Health
Herbal steams are simple to do at home and are a wonderfully effective method of transporting the medicinal qualities of the following herbs (discussed below) directly to the respiratory system where they can impart their antimicrobial actions.
Steaming with antimicrobial plants has been enjoyed as a traditional wellbeing practice for many years and is highly effective for opening the airways, dispelling stagnation, eliminating pathogens and mobilising the lymphatic system, aiding clearance of waste products and toxins from the body.
The following aromatic plants are easy to grow at home and will be happy in pots on a windowsill if you’re short on space.
I would avidly encourage you to begin growing your own herbs at home as you will enjoy an abundant supply, improve air quality, provide for pollinators and experience the joy and fulfilment that comes with connecting directly with our herbal allies and nurturing plant life.
You’ll also be able to share plants and cuttings with your friends and neighbours which is a lovely way to foster and support a sense of community and care for each other.
If you’re unable to grow your own then these herbs are also commonly found at food markets or on supermarket shelves and are inexpensive to buy, so you can still benefit from their immune supporting potential.
The herbs of choice for a steam can widely vary depending on which element of your health you are looking to support. The herbs below all contain volatile oils and have antimicrobial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory and immune-supporting properties.
The dispersing nature of these herbs means they are especially effective at clearing congestion within the respiratory and digestive systems, supporting your body to function efficiently when it comes to fighting off infection.