Winter Wellbeing - Forest Air Steam Bath
Winter - It's definitely the time of year when a little bit of nourishment goes a long way, often and for most, the pace of life quickens during the festive period, leaving us feeling frayed at the edges, when really and intuitively this is a time for rest, recuperation and taking things slow, hunkering down into the cosy, relishing the dark nights and slow frosty mornings.
It's a time when we get a little run down and sniffly, and personally I always seem to catch those winter colds so very easily, the type that hangs around for a while, makes things feel, sound and look a little misty and generally make me feel like curling up somewhere warm waiting for the fog to lift. As this is not an option, when the initial foggy feeling clears I feel inspired to turn to nature and her remedies to help me endure these Winter cold spells.
Here is my tried and tested remedy for keeping airways clear in Winter, I've called this Forest Air, as it will fill your home with a beautiful pine scent, back to a flower peppered path to heal and nourish. Make your lungs and head feel clearer, and your skin feel nourished as well!
You could even add these herbs to a bath for a full immersive effect, I would recommend tying them in some gauze, so you can keep the petals and herbs contained.
Pine needles are an ancient herbal remedy for colds and bronchitis, the steam will help you to breathe whilst the salt in the water will help to cleanse and restore, Calendula is known for it's healing, and soothing properties and the fragrance alone (if your cold's not too bad) will be enough to send you into a more relaxed state of being... combine this with some slow deep breathing and you'll feel your body and mind relaxing as the steam helps to heal you.
Forest Air Steam Bath
Forage & find...
The needles from two small spruce branches
A handful of dried Calendula Flowers
1 tablespoon of Himalayan Salt Crystals
Hot Steaming Water - enough to fill a third of your steaming vessel
Optional - two drops of tea tree or eucalyptus essential oil
Bring your water to the boil, add the pine needles for a few minutes and then remove the pan from the heat source, add all the other ingredients, cover your head with a towel and inhale the soothing vapours.
It's best to steam for about 10 minutes or until you feel you can breathe more easily and you feel content & soothed.
Wrap yourself up warm and go straight to bed to relax and sleep easy!