Suffumigi: an ancient remedy to combat seasonal ailments

 

Suffumigi: an ancient remedy to combat seasonal ailments

Suffumigi: an ancient remedy to combat seasonal ailments

From chamomile to tea tree oil, an ancient natural remedy, perfect for fighting colds, coughs and sinusitis without immediately resorting to drugs

HOW TO MAKE SUFFUMIGI

The fumigations , also called " fumenti ", are among the most recommended remedies to combat the classic seasonal ailments , such as phlegm , cough and sinusitis . The ancient Romans already made use of this technique which bases its effectiveness on the use of water vapor and herbs . The water vapor, in fact, combined with the action of essential oils and herbs, is able to free the upper respiratory tract in a natural and rapid way, greatly relieving sore throats and colds. The fumigations have a decongestant, disinfectant and emollient action.

WHAT ARE SUFFUMIGI

The technique is really very simple and is the one handed down by grandmothers and our mothers. In a saucepan, boil some water and then add essential oils and bicarbonate : the latter makes the water effervescent and amplifies the effectiveness of the oils. Then, take the pot, put it on a surface and start breathing the steam that comes out, not before putting a cloth on your head to prevent the heat from dispersing. The latter, in fact, must be inhaled deeply so that it is able to clear the respiratory tract and give you the desired relief.

HOW TO MAKE SUFFUMIGI WITH BICARBONATE

Practice the inhalations for about 2/3 minutes in a row and repeat them three times within a few seconds of each other. You can carry out your fumigations several times during the day, especially in the evening, before going to bed, please rest at night . Besides being very useful against seasonal ailments, the fumigations are also very beneficial for the skin, because they dilate the pores and prepare it for a scrub treatment or a mask.

SUFFUMIGI WITH CHAMOMILE

To free the respiratory tract and ears of persistent phlegm and mucus, try chamomile fumigations. Get yourself a sachet of chamomile (or dried flowers) and put it in a pot of boiling water. Also add a teaspoon of baking soda which has a strong disinfecting power. Then inhale the steam, covering your head with a towel or cloth as usual.

SMOKE WITH LAUREL

If you suffer from sinusitis or joint pain, laurel is for you because it has antispasmodic, analgesic and calming properties for bone pain and greatly soothes headaches, often linked to sinusitis. The ancient Romans already used it for their tools and for compresses against pains.

SUFFUME WITH TEA TREE OIL

When you are afflicted with the flu or a cold, tea tree oil is a real cure-all. Add 5 drops of this oil to your boiling water and then breathe in the water vapor intensely: you will get immediate relief. Tea tree oil also calms coughs. Do your clothes in the evening and you will sleep without coughing.

SUFFUMIGI WITH EUCALYPTUS

Eucalyptus (or cypress oil) is a good decongestant , able to clear the respiratory tract and soothe sore throats and coughs. Dissolve 5 drops in boiling water, as usual, and you will immediately breathe better, especially before going to bed.

SMOKE WITH OIL 31

Oil 31 is obtained from 31 natural essences and effectively fights colds. You can put 3 drops in a liter of water which you will then boil. Then breathe in the steam, full of all the balsamic properties that will ease the cooling.

SMOKE WITH MINT

For nose and sore throat do the fumigations with mint, which is a vasodilator, helps you breathe better and decongests the nasal mucosa.

SMOKE WITH LAVENDER

Lavender essential oil  is excellent against sore throat and sinusitis as it has decongestant and antibacterial effects  : it calms and soothes irritations of the oral cavity. Dilute 2 or 3 drops of lavender and rosemary essential oil in a liter of boiling water to relieve sinus headaches.

SMOKE WITH COARSE SALT

For fumigations you can also use an ingredient that you surely have at home: coarse salt . Boil a liter of water and then pour a tablespoon of salt into the pot. Finally, breathe in the steam released.

SMOKE WITH CINNAMON

Cinnamon is excellent against colds, especially when paired with cloves , baking soda and lemon. Boil a liter of water and then put in 1 stick of crumbled cinnamon, 5 cloves, 1 tablespoon of baking soda and the zest of half a lemon cut into small pieces. Remove from the heat and let it rest for a few minutes. Then bring your head, covered with a cloth, and inhale the steam. Repeat the inhalation for about 5 times.

CONTRAINDICATIONS OF SUFFUMIGI

For being very valid, fumigations are not suitable for asthma sufferers , because they could be allergic to essential oils. Furthermore, prolonged use of water vapor could cause severe irritation of the respiratory tract in these subjects. In such cases, it is always advisable to consult your doctor before carrying out the surgery.


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