Springtime signals the home stretch of flu season, but as the weather makes some drastic changes, it seems the common cold is often inevitable.

Whether you’re fighting the sniffles yourself, or you have a little one who is stuffed up and miserable, here are a few natural remedies that can provide a little comfort and might just speed up the recovery process. (But, of course, you should always consult a medical professional for treatment specific to you and your child’s healthcare needs! Don’t ever rule them out as the very best option!)

ESSENTIAL OILS: Local company doTERRA produces almost any essential oil you could imagine, but their Breathe blend is a personal favorite of mine. It’s a mixture of laurel leaf, peppermint, eucalyptus, tea tree, lemon and ravensara that does just what the label suggests: helps you breathe. You can also create your own essential oil cold-remedy concoction with peppermint and eucalyptus oils, and the addition of lavender oil is good for calming relaxation.

Apply an essential oil rub like Breathe before bed, after a bath or in the morning by mixing a drop with a small amount of carrier oil, like Trader Joe’s Coconut Oil. The carrier oil will help the essential oil distribute evenly and it also makes it easier to apply to the chest and bottoms of your child’s feet. After applying to the feet, put on a pair of clean cotton socks to let the mixture work its magic.

WARM BATH: Just a good soak in warm water can be therapeutic, but you can also add a few drops of Breathe (or your own creation) to your child’s warm bath and let him play and soak for a little while. The steamy air diffused with the oil will help to break up both chest and nasal congestion.

GENTLE NOSE WIPES: Never was there a child who actually enjoyed having his nose wiped, but it’s a lot easier to endure when harsh, dry tissues and stinging wipes aren’t involved. Yes To Baby Carrots face and nose wipes are natural, gentle and soothing to tiny, over-wiped noses, and make the process a lot more pleasant for both baby and parent. The small package is perfectly sized for packing on the go in purses, backpacks and diaper bags.