Only 3 & ½ months into the school year and it’s already hit us. That’s right, the dreaded cold season, runny nose, congestion, cough… As a pharmacist I have an entire collection of treatments both prescription and over-the-counter at my fingertips. So we started on our anti-histamines for the runny nose, decongestants for the nasal congestion, and expectorants for chest congestion and cough. We also started our prescription steroid nasal spray to battle the nasal inflammation. From a traditional medical point of view we were doing everything we could, so when these failed to stop us from drowning in our own mucous, the alternative treatments came out.
The first non-traditional tool in our arsenal is the neti pot. I firmly believe that the reason my youngest daughter recovered from this malady quicker than the rest of the family was due to her dedication to rinse her sinuses with salt water SIX times a day until she could breath easier. I add small amounts of essential oils to my neti pot salt to help ease congestion and fight infection. My children also prefer a cheap bulb ear syringe to an actual neti pot because it is easier for them to control the flow of water up their noses without drowning themselves.
Neti Pot Salt
10 drops Eucalyptus globulus essential oil
2 drops Peppermint essential oil
4 drops Oregano essential oil
8 Tablespoons of kosher or sea salt
Store in an airtight container. Dissolve ½ teaspoonful in 1cup warm water and use in neti pot.
Any combination of these oils in addition to lavender (which promotes relaxation) can be used in a diffuser or warm mist humidifier to help purify the air and improve breathing throughout the cold season.
***While there are many quality brands of oils on the market there are also many of an inferior quality both in purity and effectiveness. I have my personal favorites and would be happy to discuss them. If you are interested in learning more about or purchasing essential oils or any of my blends please contact us via Facebook, Twitter, or by email at Therewillbepancakes@gmail.com.