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Carol's Health Hublet No. 3 Simple Tricks for Cold Relief

Updated on January 16, 2010

A Cold in Tampa: Who Woulda Thought!

I came home from Christmas in Tampa with the worst head cold I have had in many a year. You know the kind, the kind that the OTC's they sell behind the pharmacy counter can't touch. Yeah that kind. My head was stopped up like a brick. I was so congested that I thought my head was going to explode. Then I remembered...

Facial Streamer & Rosemary Essential Oil
Facial Streamer & Rosemary Essential Oil

Relief is spelled, I never throw anything away

somewhere in my closet, I had a facial steamer, in my dresser drawer, I had a rice sock and in my pantry, I had a large bottle of rosemary essential oil (left over from my attempt at developing an all natural body care line).  So, I dug out the facial steamer and essential oil and tossed my rice sock into the microwave for 4 minutes. 

Relief was on the way!

I Love the Smell of Rosemary and now I can Breathe

I put my facial steamer on a stool (level surface and high enough to use from my seat on the sofa) added water and the rosemary essential oil. I place the rice sock across the back of my neck and waited for the steam to begin to rise from the steamer. I placed my face over the steamer and between the rosemary vapors and the rice sock across the back of my sinuses began to unstop. That I might add was not a pretty sight. I didn't care, at least I could breath.

In fact, I found that with the steamer sitting close to me, it kept things flowing as long as there was water and rosemary essential oil in it.

Making Use of What You Have

  I quess I could have gone to the store and bought a room vaporizer but:

  • if their holding tanks are not kept reeeaalllyy clean they can grow mold and mildew.  Yewwww!
  • they usually cost about $50.  I am really cheap
  • you can't really hang your head right over it.
  • they don't fit on a stool


Don't Have a Facial Steamer

Don't have a facial steamer and essential oils stashed in the closet? Use what you have. 

  • Take a large pot
  • fill with water
  • add any aromatic herbs you have on hand.  Sage, basil, peppermint, you get the idea
  • toss them in the pot
  • bring to a boil
  • now take the pot off the stove and using a towel make a tent over your head use the steam to open up your nasal passages

There is only one thing to be careful of when using this steamer.  Start slowly.  The amount of steam from a pot is a lot hotter than the steamer.  If it starts to seem to warm, just hold your head a little farther away and don't tent with the towel. 


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      mulberry1 8 years ago

      Great, affordable tips. I've used the pot on the stove method you describe. I guess it's the rapid and extreme temperature changes that sometimes cause these terrible colds.