It wasn't until my ear started to ache and a headache hit last Friday that I noticed I was sick. My throat had been sore for a couple of days but the building I live in is perpetually under renovation and perpetually dusty. The crucial sore throat signal was lost in a sea of dusty white noise. After my ear started aching I touched my throat and swore when I realized that my lymph nodes were swollen too. I hadn't dosed myself early on with high vitamin C teas (hibiscus, rose hips) or taken shots of fire cider (vinegar, honey, horseradish, ginger, garlic, lemon) and now the sore throat had progressed further than it had in years.
Being pretty far along with an earache I dug out the potent antimicrobial oregon grape root (Mahonia aquafolium) and made a big batch of tea mixed with echinacea (Echinacea augustfolia) for immune support and marshmallow root (AlthAea officinalis) for my still-sore throat. I made a fresh cleavers (Galium aparine) tea for my swollen lymph nodes and later made a cool rosemary (Rosmarinus officianalis) tea for my headache. I felt fine the next day but my throat is still scratchy today. Though that might just be the dust.