Turn your Christmas tree into a Healing Home Remedy

Here’s something a little different you can do with your Christmas tree!

Make yourself a simple steam to clear out the holidays!

“Do you have a Christmas tree? Then you have the perfect ingredient for a clearing, healing herbal steam.”

Do you ever notice that the extra feasting and holiday treats tend to add up to a little extra congestion or foggy headedness? (Is that a word? You know what I mean though….)

So you over did it for a few days…. ok, clear it out with an herbal steam! If you have a Christmas tree, then you have the perfect ingredient for a clearing, healing herbal steam.

Cedar, pine, fir and cypress needles all make an amazing herbal steam that:

  • Helps expectorate lung congestion
  • Helps with allergies and winter colds
  • Loosens mucus and ‘stuck gunk’ in your sinus
  • Promotes relaxation

Ok, here’s what you do!

How to Make an Herbal Steam

  1. Fill a large pot with water.
  2. Bring water to a boil, then turn off the heat
  3. Strip needles off the branches of the Christmas tree and put needles into the pot
  4. Keep the pot covered with the lid on
  5. Carefully carry the pot to a table where you can sit down in front of the pot
  6. Remove the lid from the pot
  7. Drape a towel over your head and the pot and gently breathe in the steam from the pot.
  8. Make sure the steam is not too hot and only do what is comfortable. You can lift the towel and take breaks during your steam
  9. Steam for 10 to 15 minutes
  10. Steaming opens you up and gets things moving!
  11. Pick a time to steam when you can rest afterwards so you can get the most out of your steam

A general guideline for how much of your Christmas tree needles to use is 1 to 2 tablespoons of needles stripped from the branches per one cup of water. Ok, so that is a general guideline, but do I measure it out? No, I just fill up a pot with water and then strip a whole bunch of the tree needles into the water, but you can definitely measure it out if you like.

Cool, right? Use your Christmas tree to make a healing, nourishing post-holiday steam!

Herbal steams help with a runny nose, hay fever, sinusitis; anything you’re dealing with that has a significant snot factor. It helps to break up congestion. It’s good for sinus and lung congestion to loosen up and get rid of the gunk and it’s an amazing decongestion for your head.

Also, doing an herbal steam is very opening and relaxing. You don’t want to steam and then go out. Give yourself the gift of rest after you steam.

After you are done steaming, I like to leave the lid off of the pot and just let the yummy evergreen smell fill the house.

Enjoy working with the healing medicine of your evergreen tree~!

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Hello I’m Kami, Welcome to Living Awareness!

I believe every family needs to have someone on board with a working knowledge of natural remedies if you want to take care of your family’s health for real.

When I was growing up, natural remedies was not a mainstream concept like it is now, in fact, you are going to be surprised that I never even heard the word natural remedy until I moved out of the house!

In my early 20’s I met someone by chance that told me about holistic health and herbal medicine. I wondered why nobody had talked to me about it before and had a voracious appetite to learn everything I could.

Now, 30 years later I've helped thousands of people demystify the world of herbal medicine and become empowered in using herbal self-care in their home to prevent illness, take care of common ailments and protect their health naturally.

For 20 years I've had a clinical herbal practice connecting people with plants and their wellness. I've developed and taught herbal curriculum for UCSF School of Nursing and the Integral Health Master’s Degree Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Stick with me! You’ll learn awesome herbal self-care, get inspired to be more self-sufficient in your health care and nourish a deep love for the herbs and how to use them, knowing you are doing the very best you can to care for your wellness.

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