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Updated: Jan 1, 2023

Sinus congestion and inflammation can be very unpleasant, often causing other secondary symptoms like headaches, earache, lack of taste, pain, pressure and a constant need for tissues. This little remedy is one I regularly recommend for simple home use, to bring effective relief from congestion and other related symptoms.


  • 1 tsp dry ginger powder

  • A few fresh eucalyptus leaves (alternatively, you can add 2-3 drops of eucalyptus oil to the remedy, after it has been boiled and just before inhaling the steam)

  • 1 tsp Tulsi/Holy basil dried tea leaves (roughly 1 teabag) or a small handful of fresh leaves

  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder

  • 500 ml water

  • A medium bowl

  • A small towel to cover the head while steaming


  1. Get a medium saucepan, adding 500 ml of water and all of the above ingredients.

  2. Bring to a boil and then immediately drop to a simmer for 1-2 minutes to activate ingredients.

  3. Turn off the stove and pour ingredients into a medium sized heatproof bowl.

  4. Place your head about an arms-length away from the bowl, to effectively breathe in the steam without discomfort or burn.

  5. Cover your head with the towel if desired, to concentrate the steam directly into the nasal passages and throat.

  6. Take deep breaths in through the nose, and out through the nose or mouth, until the steam lessens.

  7. Repeat this up to 2-3 x daily until symptoms begin to clear.

To further support your symptoms of sinus congestion internally, you can additionally try:

Guidance from your Ayurvedic Practitioner or Doctor is highly recommended to ensure best practice. Please contact us here if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment.


This is a recipe based on the steam remedy found in Dr. Vasant Lad's book "Ayurvedic Home Remedies". A brilliant and useful text that I highly recommend. Please click here for more information.


The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the science of Ayurveda. If you have an acute or chronic health concern, please consult your chosen trained health care professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a qualified Ayurvedic Practitioner, contact The Sattva Centre directly -

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