Vapor Inhalation to Improve Cough

Is vapor inhalation synonymous with steam inhalation?

Absolutely yes! 

You inhale water vapors during this process.

What is Vapor Inhalation?

It consists of breathing in water vapors from warm water. Vapor inhalation is an ancient method to help you recover from cough symptoms and is one of the easiest home remedies.  

You feel calm and soothed when vapors reach the inflamed and stuffy nasal passage. This steam helps loosen mucus from the nose to the chest. Hence, you feel better quickly.

Continuing this process a few times a day can be more beneficial. Although, it provides a sudden temporary relief.

Are you unsure about the type of your cough? 

Here is an article to answer your queries: Dry vs Wet: Breaking Down The Cough Variants

Process of Vapor Inhalation

This process does not include any rocket science. 

  • Firstly, heat or boil a pot of water until the formation of steam.
  • Secondly, bring the water to a closed room.
  • Thirdly, cover yourself and the water container properly. Sit beside the container.
  • Fourthly, start breathing in the steam.
  • Fifthly, keep inhaling until the vapor formation stops.
  • Sixthly, do not uncover yourself suddenly to maintain the body temperature.

You will feel immediate relaxation.

Precaution: Do not burn yourself during the whole process. Take all the necessary measures of protection.

This research describes heated, humidified air for the common cold.

Advantages of Vapor Inhalation

You can call it ‘steam therapy’.  It is a temporary relief from agitation during cough, flu, and cold.

Particular symptoms can benefit by this therapy. For example;

  • Phlegm or mucus congestion
  • Dryness of throat
  • Bronchitis
  • Influenza
  • Sinusitis (Inflammation of sinus)
  • Headache during respiratory tract infection
  • Common colds
  • Seasonal allergies

Adding menthol, cloves, and other herbs in the heated water can be more effective.

Have a look at this interesting study: Treatment of the Common Cold in Children and Adults 

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Disadvantages of Vapor Inhalation

Believe it or not, excess of anything is never good and safe. Therefore, try not to exceed this therapy more than 10-20 minutes. Moreover, repeating this process 2-3 times a day is enough.

  • Be careful while placing the hot water bowl, container, or steamer.
  • Place the water at a distance from your body.
  • Keep the warm water  away from children, pets, and other people.
  • Do not allow the steam to reach the eyes directly.
  • Stay deliberate and mindful while steaming.

Use Herbs during Vapor Inhalation

Are you willing to increase the beneficial effect of vapor inhalation? Add these herbs to make a perfect combination:

  • Basils
  • Cloves
  • Eucalyptus
  • Mint
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary 

In short, these natural herbs may show antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral, and antimicrobial effects.

News and Researches

A recent study about steam inhalations in COVID-19 patients could yield interesting results. 

At the time of writing, the study has been approved and is in the participant recruitment phase. After this phase, there should be results in a matter of months.

Effectiveness of steam inhalation and nasal irrigation for chronic or recurrent sinus symptoms in primary care: This research study proclaims to be effective for symptoms only. 


In conclusion, vapor inhalation is  cheap yet effective at providing relief to a variety of respiratory diseases and respective symptoms. Moreover, several steam inhalers and humidifiers make it easier than ever.



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