My first cold of the season snuck up on me. Something about the change in seasons always disrupts my immune system, sending my allergies into overdrive. And there’s nothing worse than that stuffed-up, can’t-breathe, run-down feeling. Sometimes if I catch it early enough I can keep the sickness at bay (or at least prevent a sinus infection). The choice between decongestants that wire you or antihistamines that turn you into a zombie makes it easy to look for alternatives.
Ideally, I’d soak in a long, hot bath and enjoy a long, restful sleep. That never happens. Second best option: a shower that opens the sinuses and a simple chest rub that helps make the most of every minute of rest.
DIY Shower Vapor Disks
- 1 cup of baking soda
- 1/3 cup water (enough to make paste)
- Essential oils (eucalyptus, peppermint or lemon)
- Mini muffin tin
- Foil muffin liners
Preheat oven to 325˚ F. Line a mini-muffin tin with foil liners. Mix the baking soda and water together to form a thick paste. Pour by tablespoon into mini-muffin tin. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
To use, top disk with 10 drops of essential oil or blend of choice. Place on the shower floor, turn on the water and enjoy the vapors while showering.
DIY Vapor Chest Rub
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon beeswax
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil
- 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
To make, melt the coconut oil with the beeswax. (I use a Pyrex measuring cup heated in a saucepan with a couple of inches of water.) Let cool slightly and add essential oils. Pour into glass jar.
To use, massage into chest, back and feet. There’s not a lot of beeswax in the balm so it’s easy to warm and spread with your hands. Not recommended for use on children under 10 (source).
How do you survive cold season? Share your favorite remedy!