Tired of Being Sick? How Our Family Naturally Kicks a Cold


Powerful Herbs and Essential Oils That Build Immunity

 1) Essential Oils


Essential oils can be a great way to boost the body’s immunity and fight a cold! Essential oils can be applied topically or inhaled through a diffuser.

Rocky Mountain Oils are my family’s favorite because they offer:

  • High quality oils that you can purchase directly (without a consultant)
  • Free shipping everyday on all products;
  • Ongoing sales and specials,
  • A 100% guarantee (try an oil and return it if you don’t like it!).

There are five essential oils that we reach for when dealing with a cold:

Immune Strength




Tea Tree

Rocky Mountain Oil’s Immunity Kit is also a great way to support your immune system when you’re sick.

For kids, we like to use the Immunity rollerball from Rocky Mountain Oils’ Kids Line. (P.S. The RMO Kids Line is an easy way to use essential oils with kids because everything is diluted appropriately for kids. Plus you can just throw them in your purse!)

Want to know how to best use these oils to fight a cold, including specific remedies for helping with sore throats and congestion? You’ve got to download this FREE resource!



2)   Peppermint soap.


And speaking of peppermint… we’ve found peppermint aroma in Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint soap as an excellent way to help stuffy noses.

Try this the next time you’re trying to kick a cold:

  • While in a hot shower, lather up with the peppermint soap and take several deep breaths through your nose.
  • Then begin trying to blow out your nose or cough out any phlegm.

No, this is not a pleasant process, but the peppermint aroma in the soap  looses up anything stuck in those passages and it’s a great way to, ahem… expel.

Plus Dr. Bronner’s one-of-a-kind peppermint soap helps invigorate and awaken, which is just generally a needed feeling when dealing with a cold.


3) Herbal Tinctures.


We are also big believers in immune-boosting herbs taken in tincture form. Glycerine-based tinctures made for kids like Herb Pharm’s Echinacea and Elderberry, and Immune Avenger are our tried-and-true favorites.

We’ve found tinctures are most effective when taken at the very first signs of a cold, and then taken regularly throughout the cold’s duration.

Some tinctures are formulated for kids, while others are for adults (some herbs are not recommended for kids, or for pregnant or nursing moms).

Since we use only glycerine (not alcohol) based tinctures, these can be simply administered via a dropper by mouth several times a day. Follow the recommended dosing information for each herb or herbal blend.

4)   Teas.


There are several good teas to help with colds. We like the “Throat Coat,”  “Gypsy Cold Care”  or “Breathe Easy”  by Traditional Medicinals.

These teas are not only warm and comforting, but each one contains herbs that calm irritated nasal passages and sore throats.

Or you can make your own tea! You can get our family’s recipe here!



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Leave a Reply 37 comments

Kristi Clover - January 22, 2014 Reply

Soups are the best! Especially homemade ones, right!? 🙂

    Alicia - January 24, 2014 Reply

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

Ann - October 23, 2015 Reply

This is a wonderfully thorough list! The only thing I would add would be “a good book!” 🙂

    Alicia Michelle - October 23, 2015 Reply

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

Carol Van Der Woude - October 23, 2015 Reply

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.

    Alicia Michelle - October 23, 2015 Reply

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

Long Ladies - October 23, 2015 Reply

What a helpful list! Our family does most of this, but those added tips will definitely tested out. Thanks for sharing!

    Alicia Michelle - October 24, 2015 Reply

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

nourishingmyscholar - October 23, 2015 Reply

Awesome recommendations! We use many of these in our family.

    Alicia Michelle - October 24, 2015 Reply

    Fantastic! Glad you enjoyed them. Thanks for stopping by!

Gale - October 23, 2015 Reply

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.

    Alicia Michelle - October 24, 2015 Reply

    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!

Erin @ Stay At Home Yogi - January 22, 2016 Reply

Great suggestions! Definitely pinning! 🙂

    Alicia Michelle - January 23, 2016 Reply

    Thank you so much, Erin! Glad you found them helpful! Appreciate that you’re sharing with others about it too!

Suzette - February 22, 2016 Reply

2 out of 4 of us have colds right now. What a perfect post for our family! Thanks for the tips!

    Alicia Michelle - February 25, 2016 Reply

    Hi Suzette! While I’m not glad to hear you have colds (boo!) I’m glad this info is helpful! Blessings to you!

Forest Rose - February 22, 2016 Reply

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.

Marilyn Lesniak - February 22, 2016 Reply

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.

    Alicia Michelle - February 25, 2016 Reply

    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!

Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood - February 29, 2016 Reply

Love this! We try to keep things as natural as possible in our house, especially since I’ve been pregnant/nursing/pregnant for the past 2.5 years. Can’t wait to try some of these – a neti pot is one of my favorites.

    Alicia Michelle - February 29, 2016 Reply

    Hi Morgan! Awesome! I hope you’re able to find some new favorites that will help your family!

Aletha Oglesby, M.D. - March 1, 2016 Reply

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.

    Alicia Michelle - March 1, 2016 Reply

    Hi Aletha,

    Thank you for taking the time to share your take on these methods! I appreciate your feedback as a medical expert!

Heather Marie - March 2, 2016 Reply

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 🙂

    Alicia Michelle - March 2, 2016 Reply

    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!

Karen - March 2, 2016 Reply

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!

    Alicia Michelle - March 2, 2016 Reply

    Awesome! Love hearing that it was “right on time” for you! Fantastic. Let me know which remedy works best for you!

Essential Homestead - March 4, 2016 Reply

Thanks for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop at essentialhomestead.com. We use alot of these natural ways. Great post.

Rina I Thee Cook - March 5, 2016 Reply

Great info! Thanks so much for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop! I can’t wait to see what you bring next week!

Christia Colquitt - March 6, 2016 Reply

Essential oils and soups are my go to. Great list to hang onto for when a cold strikes.

Holly @ While I'm Waiting... - March 6, 2016 Reply

Great suggestions! Thank you for sharing with us at Faith Filled Parenting!

Audrey - March 22, 2016 Reply

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.

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