When you feel that tickle, dry throat or the start of a cough, follow this routine! First, I gargle with sea salt and then use my neti pot filled with warm water and sea salt to clear my nasal passages. I have found doing the neti pot and salt water rinse every week works well preventatively too.
If you are already sick, try an Epsom salt bath with essential oils. My Tuscan Farm Gardens Muscle Soak works as a natural decongestant and it’s incredibly relaxing. Lavender, eucalyptus, thyme and camphor are all essential oils that help to decongest the chest area as well.
My favorite soup to help with excess mucous is my simple onion, garlic and ginger soup with cayenne (go easy with the cayenne!). I usually make a big soup pot worth with a head of garlic, the same amount of ginger and 6 onions. This soup is a definite healer!
For the sinuses, add a few drops of tea tree oil or eucalyptus oil in a bowl of hot water and cover your head with towel over the bowl and breathe in deeply to feel immediate relief.
January is a time where our immune systems are often lower from the Christmas season indulgences, so take the time to slow down and support your immune system, so hopefully you can avoid the winter flus and blues!