Bye bye Vicks & Tiger balm!

I got some great feedback on my colloidal silver gargle for sore throats and I couldn't be happier!  The best success rate comes when you start to gargle as soon as you feel the itchiness come on.  But if you've already got a full blown cold and are looking for a natural remedy to relieve congestion -- this is my go-to. Cup your palm and drop in the following essential oils.  (Warning -- this is potent!)

  • a few drops of jojoba oil (or coconut oil)
  • 3-4 drops eucalyptus oil
  • 3-4 drops peppermint oil
  • 3 drops lavender oil
  • 2 drops thieves oil
  • 2 drops lemon oil

ADULTS: Vigorously rub your chest with the mix using both hands.  And then cup your hands over your nose and mouth and inhale deeply a few times.

KIDS & BABIES: Rub on to soles of feet.  If they're over 5yrs, you can rub the oils onto their back.  My oldest is 7 and I can put a bit on her chest without her complaining (too badly).


  • Jojoba is a good base because it has no scent and is well absorbed by the skin.
  • Eucalyptus is great for expelling phlegm and has immune boosting properties.
  • Peppermint is - in my experience - the most powerful at cutting through mucous blockages and opening the sinus passages.
  • Lavender oil is soothing, reduces anxiety and helps with sleep.
  • Thieves from the Young Living line of essential oils is a blend of 5 therapeutic grade essential oils. It supports healthy lung and sinus function.
  • Lemon oil is great for soothing coughs and helps with lymphatic drainage.

N.B. As a rule, you should always try to buy essential oils that are 100% pure so that you can be sure they haven't been diluted with any nasty ingredients.  

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