The PLAN phase includes these stages; EMOTIONS, PATTERNS and IDEAS


Emotions – Use an adapted version of the six thinking hats tool to explore your emotions about this design.

Patterns – Look at related patterns in your own life and natures patterns

Ideas – What ideas do you have for solutions?




I looked at the six thinking hats tool and just used the stages that felt useful to me. I focussed on the emotions that the design brought up for me; what did I feel positive and hopeful about? What did I feel fearful and cautious about?


I considered some natural patterns that felt relevant to this design. I didn’t actually find this a very useful exercise on this occasion, so quickly moved onto the next stage. However, some useful ideas included;

Seasonal patterns – what foods are available in which seasons? How can I use effective self -care suitable to each season to minimise the likehood of illnesses occuring?

The moon cycle – Can I use the moon pattern to consider when to plant, harvest and process the plants?

Illness cycles – When do most illnesses occur? What is the cycle of symptoms within the illness?

Patterns evident in plants – Could I use a branching pattern, a web pattern, a spiral etc to help in my designing? Could I design a yes/no type path to lead to possible remedies for a range of symptoms?


I thought about the permaculture of designing from pattern to detail and brainstormed this.


I thought about the zoning pattern and patterns of time and applied my ideas to this.



This is a brainstorm I made from my initial ideas and online research.

I looked back at my research notes and  I set myself a challenge to put together a table in under two hours, listing the all the ideas for useful remedies that came up most frequently in my research .


Vitamin C Reduces the length of a cold Take as a powder or supplement. 500-2000 milligrams every 2 hours is recommended.

Increase vit C containing fruit and veg, for e.g. oranges, kiwis, bell peppers, guavas, strawberries, dark leafy greens, papaya, broccoli and Brussels sprouts

Don’t use in high doses with children. Can cause diaherra. Best to stick to natural sources rather than supplements.
Vitamin D Reduces your risk of catching a cold in the first place. Sunlight and fish are great sources of D.
Zinc Reduces the length of a cold Lozenge at first sign of symptoms Can cause nausea and unpleasant taste in the mouth
Oregano and/or thyme essential oil Antimicrobial and antiviral treatment Diffuse or massage 1 drop onto feet in a carrier oil

Take a drop in water or a veggie capsule.

Do not use if pregnant
Cinnamon Effective antiviral and antibiotic

Relieve cough and congestion and lower fever.


 Mix 1 tablespoon of cinnamon essential oil with 1 teaspoon of honey and stir to make a spicy and very effective tea that helps
On Guard essential oil (DoTerra) Effective antiviral and antibiotic. Proven to kill viruses, used in numerous hospitals in the US and UK Diffuse or massage 1 drop onto feet in a carrier oil

Take a drop in water or a veggie capsule.

Eucalyptus essential oil Opens nasal passages and promotes clear breathing Put 4-5 drops of eucalyptus oil in a glass bowl. Add boiling water and lean over the bowl. Cover your head with a towel to trap the steam in and inhale deeply for 5-10 minutes. Repeat twice a da


Do not use for people with liver problems
Ginger and / or tumeric Both herbs help to bring down inflammation, clear congestion and support the immune system. Soothes sore throats. Drink 2-3 cups of fresh ginger tea daily. Freshly grated ginger root (about 2 teaspoons) in a cup of hot water. Add tumeric to food and drinks.
Ginseng Boost the immune system

Reduces length and severity of a cold

Can prevent you catching a cold

Andrographis paniculata, or Indian Echinacea


Natural Ayurveda herbal medicine that seems to stimulate the immune system

Can prevent you catching a cold

Echinacea Reduces the length and severity of a cold   Can cause allergic reactions
Elderberry Stops the cold virus from multiplying Elderberry tea or syrup Not suitable with certain medications to do with blood clotting
Nettle leaf It contains large amounts of vitamins and trace minerals and helps the body stay hydrated and remove toxins. Nettle Leaf– In a tea with Red Raspberry LeafAlfalfa and Peppermint, it makes a powerful immune supporting and illness preventing remedy.


Yarrow Unsurpassed for flu and fever, and great for children. If used abundantly in tea or tincture at the beginning of an illness, it will usually shorten the illness to less than 24 hours. It is especially good for fevers as it induces perspiration and is great for all childhood type illnesses It is naturally bitter, so it is often good to include peppermint and stevia leaf when making a tea.
Chamomile Calms the nerves, helps children sleep better and reduces inflammation or fever. It is also great for regulating hormones and for the skin and can be used regularly for good sleep.



Take in tea and tincture formula.

Peppermint Great for all digestive disturbances and for lowering fever. It is antimicrobial and antiviral It can be used as a tea or tincture or rubbed on the skin to bring a high fever down. It can be consumed as a hot tea or cold tea during illness in any amounts.


Catnip It helps induce sleep and settles the stomach As a tincture or tea
Garlic Stimulates the immune system and fights the virus. Natural antibiotic, anti fungal, and antibacterial


If pregnant, only take 1 raw clove of garlic per day
Apple cyder vinegar  Make an ACV tea to sip and/or gargle. Use 2 tablespoons ACV, 1-2 tablespoons honey (to taste), lemon juice (again, to taste) and a little hot water to dilute


Honey Honey has antioxidants, antiviral and antibacterial properties, boosts the immune system and soothes sore throats and coughs.


Add 1-2 tablespoons to your ACV tea, ginger tea or just a cup of warm boiled water. Add some lemon for the added benefit of Vitamin C.


Do not giver honey to children under 12 months old
Coconut oil Coconut oil is high in lauric acid and is thought to dissolve the lipid coating around some viruses and make them more susceptible to attack by the immune system. When ill, take for 5-6 tablespoons per day in food or melted and stirred into hot tea.
Herbal steam Congestion and kill viruses and bacteria in the lungs, bronchial or sinuses. Boil 1-2 cups of water in a large pot. Remove from heat; add 2 teaspoons of thymerosemary and oregano. Cover for 5 minutes with a lid, and then remove lid and put face directly over pot with towel covering your head to hold in the heat. Breathe in the steam as long as you can, aim for 15 minutes.


Neti pot – The salt kills bacteria and the warm water flushes out the nasal passages. Nasal irrigation can be an effective way to relieve sinus symptoms.


Every morning and night, fill the net pot with a small amount of salt (about 1 teaspoon) in warm water to wash out sinuses.
General ALSO Reduce sugar intake, keep hydrated, rest as much as possible, keep warm, eat healthy light foods, get plenty of sleep, take gentle exercise.


Sources of information consulted (plus the books listed in previous post)

I also watched loads of people’s home cold remedies videos on you tube and spoke with my friend Andrea who is a Naturopath.



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