Laryngitis Steam Remedy

3 cups (700 ml) water

1/4 teaspoon 1 ml) eucalyptus or peppermint essential oil

When a virus or too much talking robs you of your voice, a little steam laced with an essential oil can help restore things to normal. Eucalyptus contains a chemical called cineole that helps to fight infection and to relieve throat inflammation, and peppermint possesses many anti-bacterial properties, while warm steam soothes and moisturizes dry, irritated tissues. Bring water to a simmer in a small pot, remove from heat, and add the essential oil of your choice. Sit down at a table, placing the pot in front of you n a heatproof trivet. Position your face over the pot at a distance so that the steam doesn't burn your face and drape a towel over the back of your head to form a mini-sauna. Breathe in the steam for 10 to 15 minutes, pausing for fresh air as needed. Repeat 3 times a day. 

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