So you caught the plague, now what?

Natural Relief for the Common Cold

Stuffy head, cough, mucus, yep, you’ve got it, the plague. Common cold to the less dramatic. Before you run out to the doctor or pharmacy demanding antibiotics and medications that dry up the mucus but leave you feeling foggy headed, try these easy natural remedies to help you feel better fast.

Peppermint Oil
Hands down, my favorite go-to oil for many ailments, Peppermint oil can help clear the sinuses and sooth cold symptoms. Unless you are sensitive to it peppermint oil can be applied directly to skin . Apply near temples and sinuses.

Eucalyptus Oil
Found in many commercial cold relief preparations, eucalyptus is known to help break up mucus and provide relief from sore throats and overall congestion. Eucalyptus should not be applied directly to skin unless diluted. Combine 2 tablespoons of your favorite carrier oil (coconut or olive oil are great options) with 15-20 drops of Eucalyptus oil. Apply the oil to your chest or under your nose for best results. You can also add a tablespoon or two of diluted eucalyptus oil to a hot bath for extra soothing relief.

Vitamins
Vitamin C and D are both extremely helpful when it comes to shortening the length of cold symptoms. Since we all want to suffer as little as possible, I recommend increasing both when you feel the ick creep in. Foods especially high in vitamin C include citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruit. For vitamin D, I recommend a good supplement and a walk in the sun (or seat in a sunny window if it’s frozen outside).

Water
Drink it! I cannot say this enough, water is one of the most important and vital needs our body has. When you are sick, you need more water. Let’s face it, you’ve noticed that there is wet stuff running out of you. If you don’t put more in than comes out, you are getting dehydrated. You don’t want to be snotty and dehydrated. So drink water, lots of it. If you don’t like water…

Tea
Hot and steamy deliciousness, there is nothing that soothes my sick self quite like the right cup of tea. There are many tea blends available specifically for soothing colds. Any blend with eucalyptus or peppermint is always a good choice. Adding honey or lemon (or both) will boost the soothing power of your tea.

Nasal Lavage
I know, we generally try to keep water out of our noses, but a nice warm saline rinse will do wonders to open up nasal passages and sinuses, relieving symptoms and shortening the length of your cold. Use a pre-prepared saline nasal spray or make your own and use a netty pot or bulb syringe to rinse your nasal passages.

Steam
We all know that taking a nice hot shower when we feel positively full of snot helps. Another option for steam, if you don’t wish to bathe is to place hot water in a large bowl and put your face over the bowl with a towel over your head like a tent. Inhale the steamy vapors. To give this treatment or your shower a little boost, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil.

Hot Compress
For stuffy, aching sinuses, use a hot compress. Wet a washcloth with hot water or pop a cold wet cloth in the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute. Fold and place across your nose and cheekbones until cool. Relax and breath deeply. If you want to give this treatment a little boost, add a few drops of diluted peppermint oil to the water.

Rest
It’s safe to say that when it comes to recovering from a cold few things will help more than being sure you are getting plenty of sleep. Resting is healing. Taking a little down time now can reduce the amount of time you feel down.

While none of these things will cure a cold, they will all help you feel more comfortable and help your body fight the mucus inducing invaders. Having you feeling like your old self in no time.

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