Has anyone else’s family been experiencing a seemingly never-ending cycle of colds? It seems like every time one of us starts feeling better after a head cold, another person starts sniffling and sneezing. But when your main symptom is a stuffy nose, it can seem like overkill to take cold medicine (especially with how expensive it can be!) So I set out to find a more natural solution to help ease all of the stuffy noses around here. And I managed to find just the thing!
This steam “inhaler” gives you the benefits and relief of a humidifier and a diffuser, all contained in one little mason jar. The steam, much like in a warm-air humidifier, helps to loosen mucus and phlegm. It also helps reintroduce moisture into your nose and throat, which helps your body fight off germs and bacteria more effectively.
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In addition to the steam, this handy little jar also contains beneficial essential oils. These four essential oils have a combination of antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help open your airways and get you breathing easier.
Here’s how you can make your own steam inhaler jar at home!
How To Make A Steam Inhaler Jar
- Mason jar
- Peppermint, rosemary, eucalyptus, and lavender essential oils
- Small pot or kettle for boiling water
When you’re ready to use your “inhaler” simply pour 1/2 cup of boiling water into the jar. Let the jar sit for just a minute before handling it, so you don’t get burned by the jar or the steam.
When the steam has cooled off a bit, place your hands around the top of the jar, and cup your hands around your nose and mouth.
Breathe deeply through your nose, then enjoy the relief! (The steam can make your eyes water a bit, so you may want to keep them shut while you’re close to the jar!)