Eucalyptus-Juniper Steam for Upper Respiratory Infections

Prepare this steam with dried or fresh herbs to clear up respiratory infections.

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A simple herbal steam with eucalyptus, juniper and sage will relieve inflammation in the respiratory tract.

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Though this steam recipe calls for dried herbs, it can be prepared with fresh herbs if desired.

Ingredients

• 2 ounces young eucalyptus leaves, dried
• 1 ounce sage leaf, dried
• 1 ounce juniper leaf or berry, dried
• 1 gallon water

Instructions

1. Place herbs in water (in a glass, stainless steel or ceramic-coated pot) and bring to a rolling boil.

2. Remove from heat, hold head over steam, and cover head and steaming pot with a large towel. Breathe steam deep into lungs. Bring herbs to a boil and repeat as often as necessary. Replace herbs when their strong smell begins to noticeably diminish.

Notes: This steam method can also be used with essential oils: Use 30 drops each of the essential oils of rosemary, sage, juniper, eucalyptus and bergamot in 1 quart of water.

Learn more and find recipes for herbal alternatives to conventional medicine in 5 Effective Natural Antibiotics.