Incorporating herbal inhalations and pranayama (breathing exercises) into your steaming treatments can enhance the benefits of your breathing practice and improve overall wellness. Here are some ways to do that:
Herbal Inhalations: Certain herbs like eucalyptus, peppermint, and rosemary are known for their decongestant and respiratory-supporting properties. Adding these herbs to your steaming treatment can help to open up the nasal passages and lungs, making it easier to breathe and reducing symptoms of conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, and sinusitis.
Pranayama: Practicing different pranayama techniques such as Nadi Shodhana (Alternate Nostril Breathing), Bhramari (Bee Breath) or Ujjayi (Victorious Breath) during your steaming treatment can help to calm the mind, reduce stress and enhance the overall benefits of steaming.
Steam and Yoga: Combining yoga and steam treatments can be a great way to enhance your breathing practice. Start your session with a yoga practice, such as sun salutations or a gentle flow, to increase flexibility and reduce stress. Then, take a relaxing steam treatment to release toxins and improve circulation while practicing different pranayama techniques.
Aromatherapy: Adding essential oils such as eucalyptus, peppermint, or lavender to your steam treatment can help to clear congestion and improve respiratory health, while also promoting relaxation and a sense of well-being.
It’s important to remember that everyone’s body is different, and what works for one person may not work for another. Consult with an Ayurvedic practitioner, a yoga teacher or an aromatherapist before making any changes to your practice. Also, Steam therapy is not suitable for everyone, people with certain medical conditions such as hypertension, heart disease, and pregnancy should consult with their doctor before trying steam therapy