I moved to Colorado from Ohio last month. The sunshine and warm weather are more than welcome, but I can’t even believe how dry it is. This elevation ain’t nothin’ to mess with! Every time that I came to visit Colorado, I would come home with a cold sore and get a gnarly cold a week or two later. Moving here was no exception.
This time, however, I treated my symptoms a little differently than ever before. The length and severity of both the cold sore and cold were cut in half. I only took one Advil Cold & Sinus before going to an interview; The rest of the time, I used 100% natural treatment.
I created two oil blends; one to tame the cold sore that commenced upon crossing the Colorado state line (or so it seemed) and another to handle the chest and sinus cold that ensued. I applied The Cold Sore Remedy with a dampened Q-tip several times a day. I created a blend to apply to my throat, chest and sinuses to loosen congestion and alleviate pain from sinus pressure. It also helps to rub some of this blend under your nose and on the bottoms of your feet before sleeping. Blend the following oils in a roll-on applicator and fill with a carrier oil, such as Sweet Almond:
Cold Sore Remedy:
– 30 drops Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Oil
– 30 drops Geranium Oil
– 10 drops Lavender Vera Oil
– 5 drops Sandalwood Oil
Cold & Sinus Care:
– 15 drops Melaleuca Oil
– 10 drops Lavender Vera Oil
– 10 drops Peppermint Oil
– 10 drops Eucalyptus Oil*
– 5 drops Lemon Oil
– 5 drops Sweet Orange Oil
– 5 drops Roman Chamomile Oil
* I know several people who are rather severely allergic to eucalyptus. Please use caution while using this blend around people who may be allergic.
I also enlisted some store-bought, natural remedies to support my immune system.
– Herbal Formula Early Alert: Early Alert contains Elderberry, Olive Leaf and every form of Echinacea you could imagine. It is specifically designed to kick colds right at their onset. I drank this several times a day leading up to my cold and through the duration. My symptoms were gone after three days of discomfort. Place 30 drops in water and consume every hour for emergency care, or 1-2 times a day for immune support. Several laboratory and animal studies suggest that echinacea contains active substances that enhance the activity of the immune system, relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and have hormonal, antiviral, and antioxidant effects.
– High Allicin Garlic Supplement: Allicin is the primary beneficial nutrient in garlic, containing strong antibacterial properties and assisting in immune support and heart health. One study showed that those who took a high allicin garlic supplement were 64% less likely to develop colds and, if they did, saw a 70% decrease in symptom duration. Do you need any more convincing?
– Sovereign Silver Colloidal Silver Nasal Spray: Whole Foods had posted warnings on their shelf about this product not being approved by the FDA. Most natural remedies have not been approved by the FDA, but have been used for centuries and are proven to work. Heavy, prolonged use of Colloidal Silver, however, can lead to a discoloration of the skin called argyria or, in a few rare cases, deposits in vital organs. For emergency care, you can take up to 7 doses of 20 sprays per day. I have noticed that if I begin using this at the first signs of sinus pressure or throat irritation, that I can typically keeps colds & flu at bay. Given the potential side effects, though, I keep my doses to a minimum.
– Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV): The acidic nature of apple cider vinegar kills bacteria in the mouth and throat, making ACV a perfect gargle and tonic. Although there seems to be little scientific research on the matter, tradition stands that ACV is effective against many ailments, including the common cold. ACV is known to be particularly effective when paired with garlic or honey. I use Bragg’s Organic, Raw, Unfiltered ACV. “The mother,” also known as a Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria & Yeast (SCOBY), harbors probiotics, or friendly bacteria, which boost the health benefits. I follow the recipe for the health tonic, which involves mixing a few teaspoons of ACV with a bit of your choice of sweetener and water. I drink this as often as I can when I am in the heat of a cold and several times a week when I am feeling well.