Beloved readers, you and I are going to get through this cold together. Thank you for hanging in there with me.

I’m starting to suspect something a little stronger than a common cold- a sinus infection perhaps with the way my eyes, cheekbones, and teeth ache. I also woke up with an itchy throat which is usually a heads up that a cough is coming at me soon.

I hate coughs. More than the incessant runny nose, I absolutely hate coughs. I had respiratory issues as a child so non-stop coughing is far too familiar and I do my best to avoid it when possible. The painful sore throat and aching ribs are my cold & flu nightmare. So of course, I reached for my herb cabinet and so far so good, this little infusion recipe is keeping the cough at bay.

Itchy Throat Ease Tea for the Cold Season
Echinacea, Rosehip, Hibiscus, Ginger, Star Anise, Thyme, Sage, and Clove – drink with lemon and honey; steep for a couple of hours to strengthen the infusion.

One more tip: if you have an achy face- maybe your eyes feel a bit swollen, cheekbones and teeth are suffering from a deep ache- you can relieve that with some hot steam. Grab a face towel; fill a bowl with hot water, add eucalyptus oil; dip the towel in the water, squeeze, fold in half, and place lengthwise on your face or fold it small enough to fit just around your eyes if you’d prefer. It’ll soothe the ache and the eucalyptus enhanced steam will help you breathe easier.



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