If you have a cold, drink plenty of water (or soup), get plenty of rest and avoid dehydrating sodas, alcohol or coffee (a humidifier with fresh water can loosen congestion). Don’t bother with over-the-counter medicines or herb remedies – colds are signs you need rest!
Naked Sprout (code ENGLANDNATURALLY for 10% discount) offers bamboo facial tissues, in zero waste packaging. In various sizes, these are free from scent and cost the same per tissue as leading brands. The super-soft 2 ply are seriously strong, and are free from bleach or scents.
Harley Street’s Ear, Nose & Throat Centre says blow your nose properly to avoid a headache or ear infection. Place one finger with gentle pressure over one nostrol, breathe in gently then blow out of the other nostril, then repeat the other side. Then bin or wash tissues, to prevent infection.
Most disposable tissues come from Boreal forests where Arctic wildlife roam, and are often sold in plastic packaging. Little Leaf Organic make lovely sets of organic cotton handkerchiefs. Better for your nose and the planet, choose from plain or designs (bicycles, turtles, campervans). Made with solar power, sold in recycled cardboard boxes.
Bless Hanky creates linen hankies in pretty dispensing paper-mache boxes made from recycled paper. Super-soft on your nose, linen is lint-free with no pilling and dries easily, becoming more absorbent with laundering. Flax requires less irrigation than cotton.
HankyBook (US) was invented by an engineering student. It’s a compact book of soft organic cotton ‘pages’ with a protective outer cover, just turn the page for a fresh hanky. Made in San Diego, just pull the pages apart to wash.
Serious Tissues make boxes of 3-ply tissues made from recycled paper. Made in the Midlands from local waste, each box has 6 packs of 72 tissues, with a tree planted for each pack sold. These forest-friendly tissues are made from recycled paper and can handle the strongest sneezes to the softest sniffles. Salud! 50% of profits are donated to provide clean sanitation in developing countries.