It's coming. I know it is. Every year at this time, pretty much without fail, I get a sinus infection.
I know exactly why, too. This is the time of year when we kick on the furnace. All of the crud that's been lurking in the ducts blows right into my sinus cavities and starts up a wild party. There must be some great music in there, because my whole head thumps along with the beat.
But I'm ready. I have eucalyptus oil.
On the rare (knock wood) occasions that I get a respiratory ailment, I run to the essential oils shelf in the pantry. CYA Announcement: The following is not intended as a prescription or any other form of medical whatevers. I am not a doctor, and I don't play one on TV. This is just me telling y'all what I do when I get sick. Announcement ends...
In my experience, eucalyptus oil can trounce just about any cold and flu complaint between your eyebrows and your belly button. There's the old "steaming pan of water and a towel" trick, or you can take it straight. One drop per ten pounds of body weight (and no, I won't tell you MY dosage), taken in honey or sugar with a water chaser.
Try not to belch for an hour or so afterward...
There's also the toddy variation: A cup of hot lemonade with a tablespoon or so of honey, plus your dose of eucalyptus oil. Drink frequently.
It's not just a lack of medical insurance that keeps me from running to the doctor if I get sick. There's my DIY attitude, plus a mistrust of the free-handed dispensing of chemical products for every little sniffle. Okay, and I'm cheapskate. If I can go into the backyard and pick a handful of free leaves that will boil up into a tea to knock out my cough (in half the time of an OTC), why waste the bucks?
Cold and 'flu season is coming. How do you help yourself?