Having had it with being sick, I dug out my essential oils.
Reminder: I have a disclaimer below. I'm not a doctor, and simply share my experience only. I know there is so much discrepancy regarding natural remedies, so this is not a post to start a debate either, just experience(s). Besides, I have already gotten the doctor's opinion on this. And, I'm not sure they even had a clear, concise diagnosis, either.
Having said all that, I just got plain fed up with overall sickness. Especially the cough. I ran out of my homemade cough syrup a long while ago, so I did some more research.
Organic essential Tea Tree Oil. Can you believe that? Mixed with olive oil, and rubbed on my chest and throat, and works as an expectorant. I have not tried the inhalation method with boiling water, but did try it with organic Eucalyptus oil (for sinus congestion, fluid in the ear etc.). The longer the fluid sits in there, the longer bacteria can grow and cause a worse problem (and I have tried garlic oil in the past, and it did not do too good of a job).
As for the cough, the doctor did give me a prescription for it. However, it made me drowsy, and did not work very well.
I also had on hand organic blend of Eucalyptus oil bath salts. Oh, the water pipes are running free and I took a long hot bath in it (for body aches). Which worked great, but need to restock soon.
The results of the inhalation method with eucalyptus oil is working good to free congestion and the fluid from my ear. I do have to do it 1 to 2 x a day. The tea tree/olive oil method for cough is working beautifully for me. If you don't mind the smell (but it dissipates quickly too).
Have a good weekend! I hope to be back on Monday (or later).