Fall is here and so is cold and flu season. Last fall and winter, we were hit hard. Our household had five cases of strep and we had both influenzas TWICE. Yes twice. It was miserable. This year I am doing whatever I can to avoid the germs and sickness. I am being as pro-active as possible and wanted to share with you some products I’m using and tips for preparing for cold and flu season.
- Wash Hands Constantly. I tell my kids every single day to wash their hands at school before they eat. I send them to school with Clean Well Hand Sanitizer in their backpacks and lunchboxes.
- Wipe! Wipe! Wipe! Clean doorknobs, electronics, phones, remotes and light switches with anti-bacterial wipes a few times a week. I prefer Clean Well or Seventh Generation.
- Educate Yourself. Learn about the flu. Find out about the symptoms, how to be diagnosed and treated. Know the difference between the flu and cold.
- Stay Home if You Are Sick. For real, stay home. If you are sneezing, coughing and you have a fever, do not spread the illness. I am positive that my children got the flu so many times last year because kids were at school sick. Stop the outbreak and keep yourself and your children at home if you’re ill.
- Be Prepared. Stock up on preventative care products and items that you might need should someone get sick. There is nothing worse than having to run to the store in the middle of the night. Below are some examples of what I’m always armed with throughout cold and flu season.
Nature’s Shield Essential Oil – It is uplifting with a subtle sweet scent. If you’re a Four Thieves Vinegar fan, you’ll love this blend of oils. Made with Clove Bud, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus and Rosemary oils. This scent diffuses all season long; it’s a favorite of ours.
Tea and Organic Local Honey – For sore throats, I always make the kiddos Chamomile Organic Tea and give them a teaspoon of organic local honey. It helps soothe and coat the throat naturally. I choose dark honey, the darker the better. Honey has been used for centuries for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which is why the minute someone says their throat hurts, we take some honey!
Chewable Vitamin C– A staple in my home during cold and flu season because it helps support the immune system. My kids love these for their naturally sweetened orange flavor. One chewable tablet is 500 mg of vitamin C. Learn more about the health benefits of vitamin C from my partners at Now Foods.
Homemade Chicken Stock – My grandma always had a drink chicken stock when we were sick. It’s good for your health and the soul she would say. Which is why, I like to make some each fall and freeze it in small batches so I have some when I need it. Get my easy recipe for homemade chicken stock.
NOW®Activated Nasal Mist – I use this daily to help keep my nasal passages clear and moist. When nasal passages are dry, they are easily irritated by dust and allergens. If you have allergies, like I do, the nasal mist is great for soothing and cleaning your nasal passages. I like how the Now® Activated Nasal Mist uses natural ingredients, other over the counter sprays actual irritate my sinus. Learn more about how to use the NOW® Activated Nasal Mist and the benefits.
Peppermint Completely Kissable™ Lip Balm – When it’s cold outside the chapped lips just happen. To prevent the cracking and peeling, I keep my lips moisturized all day long with certified organic lip balm. It is the bomb. My kids have them in their backpacks, school lockers and on their nightstand next to their beds.
A Humidifier- When the air gets cold and the heat is cranked up; the air immediately begins to dry out. This leads to dry skin, dry nasal passages and the dryer the air; the easier it is for airborne virus to spread. Read more about the study that was done on humidifiers helping to stop the spread of virus like the flu. We run a humidifier throughout the fall and winter to help prevent dry skin, for a better night’s sleep and much better breathing conditions for the allergy and asthma sufferers in the house. Everyone feels better when we use a humidifier. Just be sure to clean your humidifier regularly and monitor the humidity level for safety.
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