Herbal Decongestant Steam Blend

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Towel & BowlWinter is definitely here where I live, very cold with a couple more months of it stretching out before us.

Sometimes in this weather a deep cold with a congested head, nose and chest sneaks up on us and it’s no fun.

Here’s a nice, soothing remedy that uses a dried herb blend to help break through that uncomfortable stuffiness.


4 tsp peppermint leaves
3 tsp rosemary
3 tsp thyme

(Makes two treatments)


  • Mix all the items together, split in half and save one part in an airtight container or ziploc bag.
  • Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Remove from heat and add the 1/2 herbal mixture.
  • Cover and steep for 10 minutes.

Follow the instructions for use on this page

Edited Slightly

  • Place pot on counter or table (on top of a towel to protect the table surface) and remove lid. Cover your head with a large clean towel and position your face over the pot (with the towel acting as a tent over the bowl to capture the steam).
  • Keep your eyes closed and your face at least 10 to 12 inches from the boiling water. Enjoy the fragrant heat and relax, but don’t overdo it–keep the time between 5 to 7 minutes.
  • When the time is up, splash face with slightly cool water and pat dry.

Do this two nights in a row to help break things up.


  • If you have congested nasal passages or a stuffed up head with a severe headache or a toothache or jaw ache that puts you through the roof, you may have a sinus infection–don’t be shy about having your doctor check it out.

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4 Comments to “Herbal Decongestant Steam Blend”
  1. Lynne Trout says:

    This tip is ‘off the wall’ but really works! If you have a chest cold, rub the bottoms of your feet with Vic’s Vapo-rub and put on a pair of cotton socks. This is to be done at nighttime as you are turning in to bed. My biggest problem is keeping the socks on all night long. I don’t know why or how, but it works. Your chest cold is gone in no time.

  2. TipNut says:

    That is a cool tip Lynne, thanks!

  3. Beth Coughlin says:

    First, I also looove the vicks/socks treatment. It totally works when you have a bad cold. Second, I cannot wait to try the peppermint, rosemary and thyme steam. And third, for a bad cough, try infusing apple cider vinegar with lemon thyme, lemon balm, and lemon zest; then, mix 1 tsp with 1 tsp of honey. Keep well and thanks for all the great “tips”.

  4. Gypsy says:

    The Vics works – and it is also great to use with steam. I use a small tin – like from a can of mushrooms. Put in 1 or 2 tablespoons of Vics Vapor Rub and set down slowly in a pan of boiling water. It will not only clear up stuffy noses but help heal dry & abused sinus’ very quickly.

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