Herbal Cold RemediesPosted: January 16, 2012
Rosemary clears congestion. Place one-half cup of crushed leaves in the toe of hosiery, and put it in a tub of warm water. Soak the stocking in the tub for 20 minutes.
Sage relieves a sore throat. Make a tea by steeping two teaspoons of crushed leaves in eight ounces of hot water for 20 minutes. Strain, and add one teaspoon of sea salt. Gargle with the liquid for 30 seconds, then spit it out. Repeat as necessary.
Thyme unplugs sinuses. Pour three cups of boiling water over two tablespoons of crushed thyme leaves in a bowl. Cover your head with a towel, and lean over the bowl. (Don’t let the steam burn you.) Close your eyes, and breathe in deeply for eight to 10 minutes.
Source: Stephanie Tourles, licensed holistic esthetician, Orland, Maine, and author of Organic Body Care Recipes: 175 Homemade Herbal Formulas for Glowing Skin & a Vibrant Self .