It’s about to be the most wonderful time of the year, but until then, it’s the time of year where everyone gets nasty head colds. There is a sinus situation going around and it has decided to live in me for the moment. Not cute. It’s nothing big enough to go to the doctor about, so I have a regiment of things that I use to ease my symptoms that I’d like to pass on to whomever may need them. This is my head cold survival kit:
Pregnant women should not use tea tree oil. Meg Allan Cole is not a doctor, consult yours before you use this or anything else.
-Add a few drops into a bowl of water by my bedside and breathe in the soothing oil throughout the night.
-Add a capful into a piping hot bath, close the curtain, slowly and deeply breath in the steam.
-Boil water, add a couple of drops, then put a towel over my head and take slow and steady deep breaths for 10 minutes.
*When my husband or I suffer from allergies, adding a couple of drops to the floor of my shower helps. It’s very soothing and cleans out your sinuses beautifully. It is a topical treatment and should never be ingested. Again, consult a doctor before using and DO NOT get this in your eyes. Trader Joe’s has the best deal or you can buy it here or here.
*Tea tree oil doubles as an amazing cleaning agent. When I clean my floors I add some Dr. Bronner’s into hot water, and then add a capful of tea tree oil. It kills germs and smells so clean and fresh. Dr. Bronner’s is also the cheapest at Trader Joe’s FYI.
Cold pressed oregano oil is a natural antiseptic and it kills all kinds of bacteria and fungus. If someone in your office is sick, take oregano oil capsules with food as directed and it’ll help your immune system fight it off. Miss Corinne Leigh told me about this years ago and I now SWEAR by it. It will seriously lower the amount of times you get sick in a year. I didn’t catch one single cold or bug last year, and I swear it’s because of this. You can find it in any drug store or online here for low-budget and here for higher budget.
Tea is a natural expectorant so my doctor recommended drinking as much as I can stand when I have a bug like this. If I can handle 5-6 cups of tea with fresh ginger, lemon, and local honey in it, that is ideal. But of course, just do the best you can. When I am sick, I make a check-list of things to do to get better and check them off. This makes my high-functioning self feel like I am accomplishing things even when I’m under the weather.
Sinus congestion elixir is basically an all-natural Vicks vapor rub. You put it under your nose, in your nose, or on your chest with a Q-tip or tissue and breath it in deeply. It’s usually a mixture of essential oils like eucalyptus and peppermint and helps open up and clear out sinuses. It’s soothing and helpful and works for me.
WATER. When we are sick, water can be our best friend. We are supposed to drink eight 8 oz. glasses of water a day, so I try to make sure that happens when I’m sick. H20 coats our cells and protects them against viruses. My sister told me that years ago and it makes sense and definitely motivates me to keep on chugging. The aforementioned organic lemons helps with the chugging because it adds a nice taste.
Bottom line: Basically you want to flush this out of your system with water, tea, and essential oils. I am not a doctor, so if you are really sick GO SEE ONE! This is just my natural survival kit when I have a bug that I just have to wait out. I hope you and your family are healthy right now. If you aren’t, feel better soon and let us know YOUR go-to tips in a comment. It’s takes a village, man.