The nose runs, the throat itches and bothers a a pungent cough: Everyone suffers now and once again a cold. Not always it must be the handle to medicines, is often a classic house will help help resources: Inhale with salt. You prepare hot water, the vapours you inhale. Just a few minutes a day, enough to moisten the mucous membranes.
The warm vapor stimulates blood flow to the respiratory tract. He also helps the body to fight the pathogen: The respiratory tract are covered with fine cilia lined, which carry not only dirt and dust, but also bacteria and viruses from the body. In the cold Season, the dry heating air to this protective mechanism but. In addition, the mucous membranes in the Winter to be faster once cracked and therefore more susceptible to infections. (See here for tips: how to get rid of a cold faster)
How much salt should you use per gallon of water?
To prepare at home, an Inhalation steam room, is pretty simple: you bring water to a boil, add salt, and fill it in a bowl. You should a little stir so that it dissolves well. As a rule of thumb you can remember that around ten grams of salt per Liter of water are a suitable amount. Then you lay a cloth over the head, bends over the mixture and breathe for a few minutes the steam.
Not to irritate the respiratory tract in addition to that, you should use untreated salt. Good sea salt or special salt for Inhalation from the pharmacy is suitable, for example. It is also possible to use salt – you should make sure that it is not iodized. (Read here: how much water should you actually drink)
How often should you inhale in the case of an acute illness?
The Inhalation of salt can be carried out as a preventive measure. Then, you should allow for about five minutes of the day. However, it is also possible to alleviate an acute illness, for example, a cold, a sinusitis, a Bronchitis or a pneumonia. In such an acute case, you should inhale three times a day for five to ten minutes.
Also in the case of chronic diseases, such as Asthma or COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) has the Inhalation of salt often have a soothing effect. However, the salt does not dissolve crystals often, and therefore the steam does not go far enough into the lungs. In such cases, it may be better therefore to use a so-called nebuliser. The devices produce very fine droplets to ensure that the salt water reaches deep into the lungs. They are available in many pharmacies or on the Internet. A nebulizer is also a convenient solution if you want to more likely to inhale. (The flu or the common cold? The differences correctly recognize)
Slowly and deeply breathe, but not hyperventilate
It may also be beneficial to use the Inhalation of essential Oils. The effect of the products is not proven in General, scientifically, many people report that they feel positive effects. Typical herbs and supplements for Inhalation are needles, eucalyptus, chamomile, mountain pine, thyme and spruce.
It is also important to breathing at the Inhalation slowly and as deeply as possible. You should ventilate but Hyper: If a is in the Inhalation of dizzy or unwell, you should take a break and try it again at a later date. In any case, a common cold should subside after a few days, otherwise is better to go to the doctor. (Also interesting: How important Vitamin C really is?)
This article was authored by (Maria Berentzen)
*The contribution “Helps with the common cold: that’s Right published by GQ Inhale with salt”. Contact with the executives here.