A peppermint herbal tea steam can help you breathe easier, soothe your sore throat, and relieve the pain and discomfort of congestion by providing some much-needed moisture for your nasal passages and throat.
Peppermint is well-known for relieving congestion and soothing stubborn, dry coughs. So, if you're dealing with a stuffy nose, the discomfort of head or chest congestion, or a persistent cough that just won't go away, try a therapeutic steam with peppermint tea for natural relief.
Place the bowl of water on a stable table or countertop - a place where you'll be able to sit or stand comfortably (and safely, with no risk of the bowl overturning) during your comforting steam.
Cover the bowl and let the tea steep and cool for a little while, until it's steaming slightly and still quite warm. (Very hot steam can cause burns, so carefully check the water temperature.)
While you wait, prepare your skin for the tea steam by removing any makeup with a gentle cleanser and, if you have long hair, you may want to pull it away from your face with a headband or hair clip.
When you're ready to steam, set the timer for 10 minutes. Drape the towel over your head and wrap it around the bowl, as well, to form a tent that will enclose the steam.
If the steam feels uncomfortably hot on your skin or is difficult to inhale, let the tea cool for a few more minutes before you steam. Your face should perspire lightly during the steam inhalation, but you don't want to feel any pain or discomfort.
If you're using a facial steamer for your tea steam, you don't have to use a towel to trap in the steam (but you can, if you wish). You can just strain the tea, carefully pour the recommended amount into the facial steamer, and then relax and carry on with your steam according to the instructions provided with the steamer.
Close your eyes (and keep them closed), relax, and inhale the warm vapors of the healing peppermint tea. Keep your face about 8 - 10 inches (20 - 25 cm) away from the tea. Breathe deeply through your nose and through your mouth, as well, to enjoy the full benefits of the steam inhalation.
Continue steaming until the timer goes off, or until you feel your congestion starting to lift. This may take as little as 1 - 2 minutes, but, if so, that's long enough for your peppermint tea steam.
If you need to take a breath of fresh, cool air at any time, simply lift the towel, take a couple of deep breaths, and then lower the towel again. You may also find, as your congestion begins to loosen, that you need to lift your head to blow your nose gently.
Of course, if you feel undue discomfort at any time, it's best to end the peppermint herbal tea steam or, if you feel overheated, just remove the towel and continue to inhale deeply over the bowl.
If you're very congested or simply need the comfort of a peppermint tea steam, you can steam again in a few hours (up to 3 or 4 times per day).
Tea steams are very beneficial for your complexion, as well, leaving your skin softer and smoother. Why not follow your peppermint tea steam with a refreshing toner (to remove any debris from your pores) and a soothing moisturizer to pamper your skin?
For many reasons, more and more of us are searching for natural remedies for common ailments, rather than depending on pharmaceutical solutions. Herbal teas - as beverages and also used topically and aromatically - are trusted, age-old healers that have stood the test of time.
Using a therapeutic peppermint herbal tea steam is a natural, healthy way to relieve sinus or chest congestion or to rid yourself of a persistent dry cough.
The next time you're feeling under the weather with a stuffy nose, stubborn cough, or sinus congestion, try steaming with fragrant, healing peppermint tea to ease your pain and discomfort.
Peppermint tea is wonderful for a therapeutic steam... but, if you enjoy this herbal tisane as a refreshing beverage, too, you'll find a hot peppermint tea recipe here. Or, if you prefer your peppermint tea iced, visit our Iced Peppermint Tea recipe page.
If you have very sensitive skin, skin irritations, or rosacea, a peppermint herbal tea steam may not be the best choice for you (check with your dermatologist or healthcare professional first). The same holds true if you have asthma or are on any prescription medications - it's best to ask your healthcare provider before steaming with peppermint tea.
Also, please don't use a peppermint tea steam with babies or young children - not only is there a risk of a steam burn, but your little one wouldn't know to keep his or her eyes closed throughout. Ask your healthcare professional for help with your infant's or toddler's sore throat or congestion, instead.
Because of the risk of a steam burn (or a tea burn, if the bowl tips), be sure to stay close by if an elderly adult is taking a therapeutic steam with peppermint tea.
If your nasal or chest congestion lasts for a week or more without relief, please pay a visit to your healthcare provider.