How to make eucalyptus fumes

During the months of autumn and winter it is very common that there are more cases of both common cold and flu, since it is during this time when the highest peaks are recorded. Did you know that, in the case of a cold, there are more than 200 viruses that can cause it? Hence, in fact, its prevention is more complicated, although it is possible to follow some basic tips: especially wash your hands regularly (especially every time you go to eat), avoid sudden changes in temperature (regarding the use of heaters or radiators at home), always coughing or sneezing in the forearm area, following a varied and balanced diet and practicing physical exercise regularly. With regard to the prevention of seasonal influenza you can also follow the same health advice.

However, when we have not been able to avoid the spread of the flu or the cold, and ultimately begin to feel their symptoms so annoying, the key is to try to maintain a healthy lifestyle, be patient and opt for certain tips and remedies natural that help when it comes to cope better with the symptoms. And, in regard to the duration of the flu, we must bear in mind that medical treatments do not help to shorten its duration, but only to alleviate their discomfort. But there are remedies that are very beneficial in these cases, such as honey and lemon for sore throat, or chicken soup for the flu.

At the time of relieve mucus and nasal congestion You can opt for home remedies that help in a very positive way both to their expulsion and when to let you breathe better. It is the case of eucalyptus fumes, a very popular remedy that your grandmother surely prepared for you when you were sick with a cold. We explain what it is and how to make them.

What are the vapors?

Traditionally, those known as fumes they consist of a popular remedy that is based on inspiring and breathing the aroma of certain plants and herbs with expectorant qualities (that is, they help when cleaning the airways of mucus and improving nasal congestion). In fact, its preparation is very simple, since only fresh or dried leaves of the expectorant plant are needed and boiling it in a saucepan with water.

Once we have infused the plant in the boiled water, the remedy is to stand in front of a table, place the saucepan in it and place ourselves with your face on top, covering your head with a towel in order to breathe your steam for some minutes

Benefits of eucalyptus fumes

The eucalyptus It is a tree belonging to the family of the Myrtaceae. There are about 700 different species, mostly from Australia, although nowadays we find them distributed in other parts of the world. Its leaves are traditionally used, which are infused in water as beverages or crushed to be used as poultices.

In fact, from the leaves you get an essential oil that acts as decongestant Y expectorant, hence it is an ideal option when there are respiratory infections.

How to prepare eucalyptus fumes

To make the eucalyptus fumes you only need the equivalent of a cup of water and a handful of eucalyptus leaves. First, put the water on the fire in a saucepan. When the water reaches the boiling point add the eucalyptus leaves, leaving to boil for 3 minutes.

After this time turn off the heat, cover and let infuse for 2 more minutes. Now sit in a comfortable place, place your head on top of the pot with the eucalyptus leaves and cover yourself with a towel. Patiently breathe the eucalyptus fumes for a few minutes. When finished, be careful not to catch air.

Images | Cowirrie / John Tann This article is published for informational purposes only. It can not and should not replace the consultation with a Physician. We advise you to consult your Trusted Doctor.

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