Half a dozen folks I know are snotty. Snivvly, snarfley, honkin, sneezin, hackin sick. I don't know what's blooming right now but it's prevailing over lots of my friends' and family's immune system. So here are my favorite remedies:
Cold Relief for the bath:
2 cups Epsom Salts
1 cup Sea Salt
1/2 cup baking soda
6 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
6 drops Lavender essential oil
6 drops Peppermint essential oil
6 drops Tea Tree essential oil
1-2 tablespoons of oil, whatever oil you choose - almond, grapeseed, olive, coconut
Mix ingredients thoroughly and seal in an airtight jar. Add 1/2 cup of salts to bathwater.
4 oz sweet almond oil
3 oz beeswax
1 oz cocoa cutter
15-20 drops Vitamin E oil
25-30 drops Lavender essential oil
Melt all and pour into a mold or jar. Great alternative for those who don't care for the scent of menthol. I found out when my eldest was verrrry leedle that menthol affects him negatively. I put Vicks in the medicine cup of his humidifier and within minutes he was uncomfortable and jumpy and he couldn't stay in the room.
Special Cold Tea
Boil 4 cups of water.
Grate a 1" piece of ginger and put in teapot. Add about 5 or 6 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice. Add a dollop of honey or Agave nectar - 2-3 tablespoons (to taste).
Put the lid on teapot and allow to steep a few minutes. Strain into your teacup to avoid getting bits of ginger.
Pure-Aid Hot Patches they contain menthol and capsaicine. Great for chest or between shoulders.
Ocean - helps open up nose and sinuses without harmful (and addictive) decongestants or steroids.
Fishermans Friend lozenges - same ingredients and recipe since the 1800s. Not organic, but no artificial ingredients.
Hot water bottle, heating pad, and humidifier. The good old staples of cold war.