A couple weeks ago, I shared on my insta story an at home remedy for my cold. Hot water with lemon, honey and menthol crystals. Inspired after my favorite cough drops—sugar free, lemon mint Ricola. With the epidemic of colds and flus this season I wanted to share my “recipe” here. Encouraged by girl boss Shannon over at Champagne at Shannon’s!
Back story on getting these crystals. My boyfriend and I visited Morocco on a JDC trip for a week back in November. How I miss that beautiful country! We extended a week after to see other places like Chefchaouen (aka The Blue City) and ride camels in the Sahara Desert. Near the end of our trip, we visited a small village of Merzouga. We wandered the markets and came upon a man selling all sorts of spices.
The villager did his dance of look at these, smell these, it’s good for this! He showed me a container of pretty crystal shards with a slight menthol odor. He told me to wait, took a small shard and dropped into a cup of hot water and asked me to smell now.
Unaware I inhaled deeply and was pleasantly surprised. The crystals immediately cleared my nasal passages like Vick’s Vaporub! I wasn’t even congested. I immediately shared with my boyfriend and he loved it too. We decided to purchase, but not without bargaining first. It’s such a thing in Morocco! We got two of the small containers for 20 dirhams which was about $2. What a steal!
I’ve used the crystals on three occasions. Twice when my boyfriend woke up feeling congested and third a couple weeks ago when I was fighting a cold. The first two were prepared the same way as the villager. A small piece of crystal dropped in to hot water then inhaled deeply.
Last week I dropped a small shard in hot water then added lemon and honey to drink. The idea came to me as I searched for Ricoloas at work earlier that day. Active ingredient menthol. (Careful as menthol can be toxic at a high dosage.) I wanted to try a natural remedy at home and was quite happy with the outcome. It didn’t “cure” my cold, but it helped alleviate it. I also took a 20 min Epsom salt bath and three Wellness formula pills am and pm for a few days. Thankfully, I did not catch the worst of what is going around.
Thank you, Morocco, for the natural alleviation! What about you? What do you do for at home remedies?