Ancient records show that Asian cultures have been steaming and vaporizing medicinal herbs dating back before Christ. The volatile vapors of plants such as Laurel, Passion flower, mint, wild Chamomile and various Tea shrubs natively found in the Asian continent caught the attention of many European scientists who started conducting trials on the efficiency when such plant material is heated.
Although the Chinese were possibly the pioneers when it came to discovering the ancient plant’s healing properties, plenty of research has been conducted worldwide that supports these findings. Tea for example, was one of the first products where it was mandatory to steam and/or bake the leaves to preserve the essential aroma and make sure they would not spoil. Although the relation of steaming tea and what we nowadays know as aromatherapy might not look related, it really is. During the time the Asian dynasties perfected the art of steaming, unconsciously a new level of herbal healing was attained.
- Sage: Sore throats, poor digestion and irregular periods.
- Thyme: For coughs and congestion, improved digestion, destroys intestinal parasites, excellent antiseptic.
- Eucalyptus: Powerful antiseptic for coughs and colds, sore throats.
- Chamomile: To ease indigestion, nervousness, depressions and headaches.
- Green tea: headaches, body aches and pains, digestion, depression, immune enhancement, detoxification, energizer.
- Passion flower: Combats heart palpitations, anxiety, convulsions, high blood pressure.
- Clover: Anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, diuretic, cleansing, to treat eczema/psoriasis.
- Mint: For indigestion, muscle relaxation of the digestive tract.
- Lavender: Anti-stress, to combat headaches related to stress or depression.