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  1. As an allergy sufferer, I love my neti pot. It washes out any irritants in my nasal passages but more importantly it releases the pressure in my head within minutes of use (if not during use!). Thanks for sharing on #FridayFrivolity. Please join us again next week.

  2. Yay! Fantastic! Love it, Heather. I know what you’re saying about the neti pot! It’s kind of an unusual experience, but once you feel the relief of being clear, it’s worth it! Feel better soon!

  3. Totally needed this blog today… 3 kids getting colds. I love teas to open up your head and often tell my kids that “sleep is medicine.” going to try some of the others… especially berries! a delicious remedy!

  4. Great ideas! We use the Neti pot in our house and it works wonders! It can be tough to get used to, but truly helpful 🙂 Our house is fighting a cold right now so I’ll have to try some of your tips 🙂

  5. Alicia, first, thank you for the disclaimer about no intent to give medical advice. I wish everyone who writes about medical topics would do that. And I appreciate your reminder that antibiotics are not a rational approach to colds either.
    I think most of your suggestions are helpful for comfort while waiting for the cold to run its course in 10-14 days. My ENT and allergy colleagues often advise the use of Neti pots or something equivalent. And most of us can benefit from more sleep. I applaud your proactive approach to keeping your family healthy.

  6. Whoa! Now that’s a serious change in weather! Definitely makes it easy to get sick! I’m so glad you found value in the post and thank you so much for sharing the info so that others can learn about these natural ways to fight a cold!

  7. This list is perfect. Yesterday in Michigan it was mild and 50’s. Tomorrow we are getting 6-10″ of snow! Thank you for sharing at #overthemoon. Pinned and tweeted.

  8. We love essential oils for sure! But we have recently come across a new product that is wonderful also — Emercen-C for kids. We use this at the first sign of anything in the house and it cuts it short. Love it. Thanks for all the other tips here too.

  9. Hi Haley! I’m so glad you found these tips helpful! Thanks for sharing and visiting!

  10. Hi Gale,

    Yes, the mucus-dairy connection is HUGE. We don’t usually eat dairy in my home and I notice that when we do my kids start to develop a runny nose and cough a little (even if they’re not sick). It’s crazy!

    Yes, breathing Eucalyptus oil or Peppermint oil via steam or a diffuser is awesome for opening breathing passages. We’ve had success with that too. Thanks for sharing your favorites!

  11. You’ve named many of my faves. The mucus thing with dairy was something I just recently learned about, and it really does make a huge difference.

    Also, Cold-Eaze at the first sign of the cold has cut several colds short (not sure about that for kids though…I’ve only used that on myself) And for coughs, eucalyptis is great (boil some in water and breath the fumes). Hot steamy showers also help clear the sinuses.

  12. Thank you, Ann! Yes, LOL… good books are always important when a cold strikes! 🙂 Love it. 🙂

  13. We have never tried Cold-Eeze, but I’ve heard good things about it. Thanks for the tip!

  14. Excellent suggestions. I developed a cold while I was away from home–away from my teas, elderberry juice and garlic. I resorted to Cold-Eeze to help me thru a couple days until I could get to my home remedies. The Cold-Eeze was helpful, probably because it has zinc in it.

  15. Ha, ha! Yes, Kaycee! Your soup was a lifesaver that night! 🙂 P.S. Love that you commented here! 🙂

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