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Bugs have been in and out of our house since early fall, but such is life when you have a kiddo in school bringing home the germs he’s been exposed to. While the colds are inevitable and sometimes catch us off guard despite preventative measures, how we manage them makes a difference. Here are a few of our favorite ways to prevent and soothe cold symptoms.
1. Keep up with the weather and dress accordingly. Fall can be a doozy filled with unpredictable weather. One day, it could be warm enough for hoodies, then cold enough for Eskimo coats the next. This is what I refer to as pneumonia weather. Bundle up, folks and take no chances!
2. Sanitize hands and items/surfaces that come in contact with the public. With all of the bugs going around, it’s so important to sanitize hands and anything numerous people have come in contact with… especially shopping carts. Tea tree oil is a natural disinfectant and can be added to water and hand soap to sanitize.
3. Start natural remedies just in case. If you’ve come in contact with someone who is sick or if you think you MAY be coming down with something, start remedies to nip any bugs in the bud. If I feel the slightest tickle in my throat, I have some echinacea tea on the spot.
1. Eat and drink warm liquids. Not only is staying hydrated important while feeling ill, but warm liquids help soothe a sore throat and fight bacteria. Chicken soup with lots of onions and garlic are ideal as well as hot tea with echinacea, ginger, lemon and honey.
2. Breath in steam. Steam helps soothe a stuffy nose and as well as loosen mucous. When the kids were babies, I would run the shower on hot for 15 minutes and it instantly helped loosen mucous, making it easy to remove using the nose aspirator. I also like to diffuse Eucalyptus oils to open our nasal passages.
3. Take natural cough suppressants. I prefer to use natural cough syrups whenever the kids are sick and appreciate brands who provide natural cold remedies for our family. CVS recently introduced Live Better, their line of simple solutions to help us heal naturally.
I love the Live Better children’s cough syrup because all three of the kiddos can take it and of course it’s free of artificial preservatives, dyes, and flavors. The key ingredients are dark honey, vitamin c, and zinc which fight free radicals and support immunity.
CVS Live Better has some great stuff for us adults, too! They offer a daytime cough syrup with the same active ingredients as the children’s cough syrup. They also have an Immunity Plus Melatonin supplement that give supports the immune system and sound sleep. This is one of those remedies that I’d reach for as soon as I feel a tickle to give myself a little boost and make sure that I rest well. Bugs thrive in tired bodies and we don’t want any of that.
These are some of the ways we nurse ourselves back to health naturally. We’re happy to add Live Better to our medicine cabinet for when the next bug strikes.
What are some of your favorite tried and true natural remedies?