Keeping healthy this cold and flu season

What are you doing to steer clear of the flu and colds? With 3 kids in public school, a 3.5 yr old who wipes her nose on just about everything, and daycare kids that come before and after school, I feel I should shove myself in a bubble!

When my daughter got a cold recently, I headed down to the local health food store to stock up on herbal and homeopathic remedies.

cold and flu prevention

cold and flu prevention

My pediatrician (who is also our family doctor) is really big on Vitamin D3. He says there isn’t enough in regular milk to get what you need to stay healthy on a daily basis. So when I went to the health food store, the first thing I looked for was the liquid vitamin D3 drops for my daughter. Children infants thru age 13 can do the drops and once they are over 13, they can move to the tablet form. I also bought some elderberry syrup. Elderberry syrup is great forĀ colds, flu, sore throats, and fever, and its best to begin using it intensively at the first sign of illness. It can also be used as a daily elixir to boost immunity because they contain high amounts of vitamin A, B and C.

Of course then there is the standard multi-vitamin, which I admit, I’ve been bad about giving to my kids in the past. I think now its going to be a daily thing. I also bought some chewable vitamin C because you can never get enough! The 3 older kids, my husband and myself are all taking 500 mg of chewable vitamin C daily.

One thing that didn’t go over too well with my 3 year old is the organic cold care tea. She just didn’t like the taste of it.

I bought a few other things that are in the picture and I’ve used them here and there, like the anti-viral cold & flu prevention oil that you rub on the bottom of your feet. It has anti-viral properties. I don’t know if it worked or not but after using it for 2 days, my daughters runny nose went away!

For me, prevention is key. We do not do flu shots in this house. I believe in healthy eating and upping the immune system naturally. Frequent hand washing and also a squirt of anti-bacterial is another good way to keep the ickies at bay.

What are you doing in your home to stay healthy this cold and flu season?

 

About Rhiana

Rhiana is an author and reviewer for One Little Mister. She is a 36 year-old stay at home mother to FIVE children ages newborn - 13 years-old. She is a natural parenting and breastfeeding advocate. Her interests included blogging, natural parenting, cloth diapering, cooking and baking.

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