November 11, 2016, 19:07
In the treatment of colds, sore throats, bronchitis at home, they often resort to such a simple but effective procedure as inhalation — inhalation of therapeutic vapors based on medicines or herbs. The advantage of inhalation is that healing substances are absorbed very quickly. In addition, they are absorbed directly in the organs of the respiratory system. This reduces the risk of side effects compared to oral or injection medications.
What is treated with inhalation
- acute respiratory diseases accompanied by runny nose, cough, sore throat,
- laryngitis, pharyngitis, tracheitis,
- bronchitis and pneumonia
In addition, inhalation is simply indispensable for asthma attacks.
To achieve the maximum effect from inhalation, you need to follow a few simple rules:
- Do not inhale if your body temperature is above 37.5°C.
- Perform inhalations no earlier than 1 — 1.5 after eating or physical exertion.
- Inhalation is contraindicated for nosebleeds.
- The duration of inhalations is 5–10 minutes.
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Inhalation with a cold
If with a cough and sore throat we breathe through the mouth during inhalation, then with a runny nose — through the nose. Even if it’s stuck.
Relief from the accumulation of mucus in the nasopharynx is brought by steam inhalations with essential oils: fir, tea tree, eucalyptus. If a runny nose is in the initial stage of development, peppermint oil will help. A protracted runny nose lends itself to the effects of pine, chamomile, and lavender oils. They can be connected or used separately.
Inhalations can also be carried out with decoctions of herbs: coltsfoot, chamomile, sage, parsley, rosemary, elecampane, fir, pine, raspberry leaf, currant.
Take 1 tbsp. a spoonful of raw materials in a glass of water. Plants pour boiling water and simmer in a water bath for 30 minutes. Pour into a wide container (cool slightly to avoid burns) or inhaler. At the end of the inhalation, it is best to lie in bed for half an hour and rest. You can go outside only after an hour, so as not to chill the maxillary sinuses.
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