a few leaves of fresh basil, torn into smaller pieces
2-3 whole cloves
a pinch of dry ginger
Place these in a mortar and pestle and work it until you have something like a paste. First, the leaves will just bruise and you’ll wonder if it will come together at all. Then, they will start to come apart a bit and combine with the other herbs.
You may need to add a few drops of water. Drops, people. If you add too much liquid, it won’t stick to your face at all. In fact, no matter how diligently you work the herbs, it will be a pretty rough poultice anyway. Don’t worry, it still works.
Apply the compound directly to the skin over the offending sinuses, using the most usable pieces. Watch out! It can be a bit hot, especially for those with sensitive skin. When you feel some sting on your skin, it is best to remove it to prevent irritation. It doesn’t take long for the medicine of these plants to penetrate!
Bonus: it smells great. Who knows? After a brief treatment, you might be able to smell again, too!
Good luck with those late winter/early spring colds!