Travelling around with a headcold is no fun.

I was congested with a blocked nose and sinus related headache. So I popped into a local herbal store and bought some herbs to remedy the situation.


  • 30g Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) leaves
  • 15g Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) leaves
  • 10g Barberry (Berberis vulgaris) root
  • 30g Elderflower (Sambucus nigra flos)


As I’m on the road, I combined all of the herbs in a plastic bag and mixed them together with a spoon.

To make your tea, add 1 tablespoon per cup. Allow to steep for 5-minutes in a covered cup. A saucer over the top will do the trick.

I’m drinking 3 cups a day (morning, mid day and evening).

Why do these herbs help when you have a headcold?

  • Eucalyptus, Elderflower and Mullein are astringent so they tighten tissues and reduce the annoying runny nose. They are useful decongestants and antibacterial.
  • As a headcold is an upper respiratory tract infection caused by a virus, I’m also taking elderberry as it’s a potent antiviral. It’s helpful to add antibacterials into your tea to reduce the possibility of developing a secondary bacterial infection.
  • Mullein is traditionally used in those head cold situations where you feel as though your head is stuffed with cotton wool.
  • Barberry is antibacterial and antiviral. It’s bitter so will also support elimination.