I am not sure if I should say remedy or allergy and cold relief. I rarely come down with anything, but this has been my year to catch a bug or two. I am currently fighting was feels like a head cold, but could very well be allergies. I have not yet suffered allergy symptoms that I know of. This is uncharted territory for me. I have spent the evening researching and testing a few methods. Here are my two favorites so far and a few other common suggestions.
The first thing I always reach for when anyone in my home is coming down with something is my essential oils book. (SO HANDY!) If you have been afraid to jump on that train, I highly recommend grabbing a ticket and getting on board. It is a wonderful way to take healing into your own hands. There is so much information out there and it's pretty hard to mess up! (key for me!) My book recommends eucalyptus oil to help open the nasal passages and clear sinuses. It is very easy to use and also has antibacterial properties. Boil a small pot of water and add a few drops. I am placing a bowl of steaming water and oil mixture next to my bed while I sleep.
The next item I chose for tonight help soothe. TEA! I love a warm cup of herbal tea. I like to keep it simple and just use straight herbs, no mixtures. Chamomile tea is soothing and healing. You can also use the tea bags once they have cooled to place on your eyes to help with itchy watery eyes. I haven't tried that personally, but have heard good things.
Let's not forget FLUIDS, drinking enough water and getting enough sleep. I am hoping that I can take it easy for a day or two and kick this out of my system.
There are several other natural remedies that I often hear good things about; eating spicy foods to clear sinuses, the ever impressive neti pot (still haven't attempted this one), steam always seems to help, and if it is allergies getting you down, try finding local honey.
I hope none of you are suffering the unfortunate symptoms along with me, but if you are. Give a natural remedy a try before heading to the medicine cabinet.