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I personally love doing this during cold season and the main benefit of breathing in moist, warm steam is that it may help ease feelings of irritation and congestion in the nasal passages. The moisture helps thin the mucus, which allows drainage more easily. This can allow your breathing to return to normal, at least for a short period of time. To increase effectiveness, you can add salt, essential oils, citrus, plants and herbs to add a ayurvedic/ aromatherapy effect.
Steam inhalation may provide some temporary relief from the symptoms of:
- the common cold
- the flu (influenza)
- sinus infections (infectious sinusitis)
- nasal allergies
While steam inhalation can provide subjective relief from the symptoms of a cold and other upper respiratory infections, it won’t actually make your infection go away any faster.
Steam inhalation doesn’t actually kill the virus responsible for the infection. At best, steam inhalation might make you feel a little better as your body fights your cold. So keep this in mind.