Kick the Sick with These At-Home Cold Remedies

cold remedies

There’s something in the air and on nearly everything you touch.

Yup, it’s the dreaded cold or flu virus. Unless you have a hardy immune system or marinate in hand sanitizer (not recommended), chances are you’re going to catch something this winter. So when that happens and you do feel like crap, you can certainly mainline cough drops and chug various other OTC remedies. But you’ll still feel like crap. So consider stocking up on botanically-based, feel better solutions. They’re not exactly a cure-all–and they might only provide temporary relief–but at least they’ll make you more comfortable and smell awesome.

C.O. Bigelow Cold and Flu Soak

If you’re not a bath person, consider temporarily becoming one when you’re sick. Dump a few capfuls of this revitalizing soak, packed with immune-improving Willow Bark and Ginger extracts, into a hot bath to instantly improve your wellbeing. Repeat as necessary. $18, birchbox.com

Farmaesthetics Deep Lavender Rub

When your muscles have that achy sensation and your chest is congested, slather this relaxing balm from head-to-toe or wherever you’re ailing to make your problems melt away. $27, Nordstrom.com

Kneipp Mint & Eucalyptus Body Wash

Mint and eucalyptus are proven to clear out stuffed up noses so why not soap up with the stuff. And if being sick is making you lose sleep, the essential oils can awaken you from your morning stupor. $14, Amazon.com

Rudy’s Eucalyptus Shower Bomb

Turn your regular shower into a fragrant steam shower by dropping this water activated scented ball onto the floor of your bath. This one is jammed with eucalyptus extract, which has been proven to relieve runny noses, clear up congestion and soothe sore throats. $3, rudysbarbershop.com

Aromatherapy Associates Support Breathe Essence

Aggravating those around you with constant sniffling and hacking cough? Don’t be that person. Keep this trifecta of decongestant essential oils—eucalyptus, peppermint and tea tree—on you at all times to clear things up in an instant. $30, Amazon.com