A cold is a mild viral infection of the nose, throat, sinuses and upper airways. It’s very common and usually clears up on its own within a week or two.
There are over 200 viruses that can cause a cold. Cold viruses take up residence in the lining of the nose and grow, eventually attempting to infect the body. If the body is weak or unable to resist the germs, it will get sick.
The main symptoms of a cold include:
More severe symptoms, including a high temperature (fever), headache and aching muscles can also occur, although these tend to be associated more with flu.
Evidence does suggest that stress and allergies can increase your chances of getting a cold. Colds generally last from about two days to two weeks.
Diffuse (see below) 3-5 drops of each of the following during the day (if possible) and at night, while sleeping:
Diffuse 2-3 drops of each oil; maximum 10-12 drops in total, at a time, unless otherwise advised.