“It Couldn’t Hurt” Cold/Cough Remedy

I know it’s only September, but the cold months are coming, and with them always comes coughs, colds and flu. Knock wood, the Crankee Yankee and I have not had a cold, cough, flu or bronchitis in over three years, and we credit that to our “It Couldn’t Hurt” cold and cough remedy.

You know how you suddenly feel that little tickle in the back of your throat that you know presages a cold? Here’s what stops it in its tracks for us:


tea tree oil

oregano oil

lemon oil

peppermint oil


Fill a mug with water, and add 5 drops each of the above oils. Stir and then put it in the microwave for a minute or so. Hold the steaming mug up to your nose and breathe in the vapors three times slowly through your nose, then do the same thing breathing through your mouth. Do this once an hour for 3-5 hours. Following that, you can repeat every two hours if you like. This remedy stays strong for 24 hours. You may also want to pick up a bottle of Elderberry and Zinc chewable lozenges (ours are from NOW products) as well.

Warning: it’s very strong, so breathe in slowly as it can make you cough. You may want to close your eyes as well so that they don’t water.

Usually one 24-hour treatment takes the tickle away and keeps us cold-free.

Also, chicken soup really does help as well. I’ve made gallons of it over the years, and will attest that we always feel better after having a mug or two of it. If you don’t feel like making your own, there are several brands of good chicken soup out there to try.

As with any homemade remedy, check with your doctor, especially if you are prone to flu, bronchitis, etc. Let’s all stay warm and healthy this winter!