Herbal steam inhalation is a great way to help open congested sinuses and bronchial airways caused by a cold, flu, or allergy. Herbal steams are also used before Nasya therapies to help open the nasal airway.
The steam from the boiling water is often sufficient to help congestion; however, by adding herbs that help respiratory disorders, the effect is far more notable.
"The most common complaint next to digestive disorders is respiratory disorders. The respiratory system is not only vulnerable to inhaling pathogens, it is also vulnerable to dust, pollen, and pollution. Many people who experience a respiratory cold end up with a chronic cough that lingers. People with allergies also often experience a chronic cough."
Kapha’s qualities are damp, cold, soft, sticky, jelly-like, heavy, blocking and stable. These qualities naturally accumulate over the winter but are readily felt during the Spring.