There are days when you feel down with something. You do not necessarily have fever, but your body feels tired and fatigued and it seems that there is a nagging headache, though your head is not necessarily throbbing.
Sometimes, this steam therapy can really help. I am not sure about the science of this, but I do feel great afterwards, like when the sweat starts streaming all over your body. This is a simple do it yourself procedure that you can also do when you have a flu or if you are recovering from one. It also alleviates body pains and clears air passageways (like if you have cough or colds).
1. Boil water.
2. Set up a chair and get blanket. In a small bowl, put some tap water, alcohol, and face towel for the alcohol bath.
3. Get a small basin or bowl and put about a tablespoon of Vicks Vaporub in it. Put this under the chair or near your feet.
4. Cover yourself with the blanket, preferably over your head.
5. Pour the boiling water on the basin. The temperature of the water will melt the Vicks Vaporub and what you will get is steam with a rich aroma of eucalyptus and menthol.
Just close your eyes the entire time because the steam can be quite strong and sting your eyes. Stay there for about 5-10 minutes, or until there is no more steam. The heat will open your pores and make your sweat. After this, have an alcohol bath to close the pores.
You can do this yourself or you can have someone pour the hot water while you position yourself on the chair with the blanket. But I do it by myself and I am sure that you can do it, too. You can also do this with your kids but with close supervision because the boiling water can scald them if you are not careful. With my 3-year-old daughter, I put eye mask over her eyes and I did not cover her head because her young facial skin is still quite sensitive and it might get burned. Just exercise caution. I also did this to her because she can already comprehend simple instructions, like having to sit still the whole time as the hot water might hurt her. And she complied. If you think that you child cannot stay still for the procedure then don’t this, because the risk of burning from the boiling water is high. And that would be another problem.
Note: When you perform this, do not turn on the aircon and the fan. After the procedure, don’t turn on the fan yet. Wait for your body to adjust to room temperature.