Fever, malaise, cough? Watch out! You may be presented with typical symptoms of the cold. Learn about the properties and how to prepare a menthol steam made at home, to combat this discomfort.
The common cold is a viral infection that affects the respiratory tract, nose, sinuses, throat, larynx, trachea and bronchi. It spreads through direct contact with a person infected with the virus and is highly contagious.
The symptoms of the cold are sneezing and excessive mucus production. It is also accompanied by itching of the throat and nasal congestion that will hinder breathing. This infection generates a general malaise in the body.
What should I do, how can I treat cold symptoms? The treatment is simple and you can recover quickly if you take rest in bed. The malaise will weaken you for several days and rest is essential to recover from the cold.
Some easy-to-prepare home remedies are a solution to recover from discomfort. The homemade menthol steamed to treat the cold works quite well as a therapy.
Although it seems incredible, these natural remedies have not yet been displaced by conventional medications. After all, it seems that our grandmothers were right. Do not hesitate, save some money making a natural remedy from the comfort of your home.
- 1 tablespoon of beeswax (15 g)
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil (45 ml)
- 15 or 20 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
- 25 or 30 drops of mint essential oil
- 10 or 15 drops of rosemary essential oil
Properties of the ingredients
The menthol vapor ingredients are easy to obtain and will bring you great benefits and well-being.
- Beeswax and extra virgin olive oil: These two ingredients are essential for ointment formation. They will provide that oily appearance to our home remedy. The beeswax is used in Oriental medicine as a potent anti-inflammatory and decongestant.
- Eucalyptus oil: It is an excellent substance for the treatment of respiratory tract infections and common cold symptoms. It is a product available in any sale of perfume or home items. Apart from providing a pleasant and relaxing smell, it has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and decongestant properties.
- Mint: The mint leaf has healing properties. For this ointment, we will use mint oil, because it will help relieve stress and anxiety. Mint is very effective when it comes to fighting diseases in the respiratory tract. Among its benefits, it stands out its effective antibacterial and antiviral power that helps to diminish the symptoms of the cold.
- Rosemary: A fairly common plant in our homes. Excellent for the treatment of respiratory diseases for its antitussive, anti-inflammatory, and decongestant benefits.
How to prepare it?
- Melt the beeswax and olive oil in a bain-marie, heating the pot very well until a homogeneous mixture is obtained.
- Remove from the heat and add the oils of eucalyptus, mint and rosemary.
- Keep stirring the mixture for 15 minutes to melt the oils and release the odor.
- Cool to room temperature in a clean and sterilized container.
After a few minutes, we can realize the wonderful mixture that was obtained: an ointment with a nice appearance and pleasant smell. We will have in our hands a homemade remedy easy to prepare, economical and quite effective.
- Use a small spatula to apply the oil on the back and chest. Try not to touch the mixture with your fingers, this will prevent bacterial contamination.
- Rub gently on the applied area, for at least 5 minutes.
The sanitizing effect is immediate. The menthol vapor will penetrate through the pores of the skin releasing its odor, which will penetrate through the nasal passages and decongest air passages to relieve cold.
It is recommended to avoid sudden changes in temperature. These produce constriction of the bronchi and worsen the respiratory symptoms. Apart from the use of this ointment, aromatherapy with rosemary, mint, and eucalyptus in a bowl of boiled water is also recommended.
The effects of menthol vapor help relieve the common cold and facilitate the excretion of accumulated secretions. They become more fluid, so they decongest the airways. Use this home-made minty steamer and combat the discomforts of the cold.