How to Kick the Common Cold in the Butt…Naturally :)

After a week of heading up Daily Vacation Bible School with Evan and being surrounded by kids all week, I woke up Saturday morning with a cold. Poo 😦

When I have feel a cold coming on, or am in the midst of a full-fledged cold, I have five essential natural ingredients on hand. (Besides lots of Kleenex :))

Ricola Herb Drops (Not in the picture because I used them all!) – I really don’t like wondering what are in my cough drops so I stick with Ricola. According to the Ricola website, Ricola herb drops contain 13 herbs.. Since 1940, Ricola has been using a traditional blend of 13 fine quality medicinal herbs to produce this Swiss herb specialty to the same recipe: The blend of burnet, elder blossom, speedwell, peppermint, sage, marshmallow, thyme, lady’s mantle, horehound, plantain, cowslip, yarrow and mallow is appreciated by consumers worldwide as relief for colds, coughs and hoarseness. The herbs for this delicious herb drop are cultivated in the Swiss mountains using organic farming methods without chemical pesticides. Completely natural so I know I will not do any harm to my body as I recuperate from the common cold.

Eucalyptus Oil – I use this for my homemade Vicks (see recipe below) and also for an herbal steam. Since I do not have a bathtub, I use the classic bowl and towel method. Eucalyptus steam inhalation is recommended by some alternative practitioners for relieving nasal congestion and sinus congestion, usually from colds and flu. It can be done two to four times a day to relieve symptoms. This isn’t for everyone but for those who find this effective, by doing a eucalyptus steam inhalation routine while you have a cold, dry air passages are moistened, and mucus is loosened/eliminated easier by coughing or blowing the nose. The moist air also alleviates difficulty breathing, throat irritation and inflammation.

What You Need:

  • Kettle
  • Water
  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Sheet or large towel
  • Large bowl or container

What You Need to Do:

  • Fill the kettle and bring the water to a boil.
  • Place the bowl on a stable surface, such as a table.
  • Turn the kettle off and carefully pour approximately four to six cups of water into the bowl.
  • Add two to three drops of eucalyptus oil to the water.
  • With your head at approximately arm’s length away, cover your head with the towel. Don’t bring your face too close to the water.
  • Close your eyes and breathe deeply. Continue for 10 minutes.
  • If you start to feel overheated or uncomfortable, remove the sheet.

Safety Precautions

  • Do not add more than the suggested amount of eucalyptus oil.
  • Keep children away while doing a eucalyptus steam inhalation.
  • Certain people should avoid eucalyptus steam inhalation, such as those with heart conditions, central nervous system disoders, and pregnant women. Infants, children, and elderly people may not be able to respond appropriately to the heat.
  • Side effects may include headache, dizziness, nausea, and tiredness.

Honey – I go through a wack of honey when I have a cold. I use it for three things: to quickly alleviate a sore throat, lemon and honey tea and apple cider vinegar and honey tea.

Honey for sore throats – Taking a spoon full of honey helps to alleviate a sore throat. Due to the consistency of the honey, it naturally coats and soothes the throat. Honey has antimicrobial properties that not only soothes sore throats but also kills bacteria that caused the sore throat in the first place.

Honey Lemon Tea – With a wedge of lemon, a spoonful of honey and some hot water and you have lovely honey lemon tea. It hasn’t been widely studied why exactly honey lemon tea is so great for colds but it is has withstood the age of time for being a go-to remedy to soothe the symptoms that come with the common cold.This tea is also great to have before bed when you have a cold and will aid in helping you sleep like a baby 🙂

Honey and Apple Cider VinegarBefore jumping to conclusions, I know this sounds gross but oh my goodness it does wonders for the common cold. When you feel a cold coming on, make this tea. The apple cider vinegar creates an acidic environment and the germs cannot live in an acidic environment. Given the antimicrobial germ-fighting of properites of honey, this tea is a double whammy. All you need for this simple tea is 1 Tbsp of honey, 1 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar and hot water. Your cold doesn’t stand a chance!

And of course, my homemade Vicks. Free of any nasty bad-for-you ingredients (like Petrolium). Simply two good-for-you ingredients: coconut oil and eucalyptus oil. You can see how I make it here.

As we all know, there is no cure for the common cold so all we can do is do our best to make ourselves as comfortable as possible while our bodies fight off the cold. Natural ingredients is my go-to because it only makes sense to help my body to fight off germs with things that God created us to use in the first place 🙂 I’m tellin’ ya, God knows what He is doing!

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