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Cold and flu season. Ack. A few weeks ago, before we were knee-deep yet in the season, I shared on a webinar how we actively seek preventative health care and build our immune system year-round to care for our bodies and help them fight naturally – especially this time of year.
If you’re new here, know that we typically live and choose a more natural lifestyle. We eat clean, we choose the best supplements, we live in a chemical-free home… You get the picture… But sometimes, oh sometimes, bugs and colds still sneak in.
That’s why on Black Friday, while stores were packed with folks trying to find a bargain, I was wandering around Target 750 miles from home trying to find essentials to fight the cold that traveling welcomed us with.
So what do we consider essentials for cold and flu season, ESPECIALLY while we’re away from home with limited space and just want to feel better?!
Truth is, the essentials are the same, regardless of where you are: Kleenex, chicken noodle (or rice) soup, rest, and extra supplements! On this particular trip to Target though, while we were all sneezing and coughing and puffy-eyed, we picked up a 4 pack of Kleenex (and saved a couple bucks – here’s a coupon you can use, too), some canned soup (it’s not quiet as healing as homemade with bone broth, but while traveling it is pretty darn good), and since Elizabeth’s supplement intake can’t be quiet as much as Andrew & I, we picked up extra cold and cough medicine for her (we love Hyland’s homeopathic brand).
So besides the essentials of what you need, here are a few of my favorite tips to keep in mind:
Stay hydrated! Push lots of fluids, specifically water. Lay off of milk and dairy, as it is not friends with mucus. Of course, wash your hands very often, especially if you’re traveling and going in a ton of different rest rooms like we did (3 year old girls and 12 hour road trips, enough said).
Those were pretty basic, but here are some things that I also do…
I diffuse essential oils. I don’t have a fancy car diffusor, but those Kleenex work perfect! I just put a few drops of my favorites on the Kleenex, and put it right in the air vent. This weekend, all I had with me was plain Eucalyptus oil, and also Breathe and On Guard oil blends (which help with immunity and opening up respiratory functions).
I also crush garlic supplements (pure, good quality) and place them in our socks. Sure, the socks will smell later, but you’ll feel better! Seriously. Garlic is a natural anti-viral and anti-fungal! If I’m at home, I’ll do this during the day, but at night I make a goot salve like this.
While we would have loved to be out doing more things in Kansas, rest was so necessary! And it was kind of perfect just being able to relax and hang out with Grandmama at home, despite the constant sneezing and snorting.
So tell me, what are YOUR must have essentials, or must do tips during cold and flu season!? I’d love to hear them! Just leave a comment below! And as always, feel free to share this with your friends on Facebook, or pin it in your “health” board on Pinterest! And while you’re at it… print off this coupon to save on your Kleenex needs, or to stock up and donate to your kids school, local nursing home, church, etc!