UGHHH it’s officially “sick” season.
Yeah yeah, winter, whatever… but SICK season.
We’re all passing our germy-germs around and the risk for catching a cold is high. Let me just go get my face mask… (For real though, when I see people with face masks I’m all like, “Ew, stay away from me, I don’t want whatever you have…” but I’m seriously considering wearing one on my next flight south because EVERY DAMN TIME I go on vacation, I catch something on the plane. I’m willing to look like the sick one in order to avoid getting sick, I think.)
I’ll just get right to the point.
I have a few tools for when the sickness inevitably lurks into our home. Right now I’m on defence, desperately sanitizing and loading up on antioxidants and vitamins in effort to strengthen my immune system to prepare. If I do end up getting sick after my preparation techniques fail, then I’m on offence, working hard to shorten the duration and lessen the symptoms if I do catch a cold.
Here are my tips for preventing, and then combatting SICK SEASON. (So annoying.)
1. Sanitize Your Hands
Make sure you’re stocked up HARD on these. Put one everywhere. In your purse, in your gym bag, in your glove compartment, (because I know your gloves aren’t in there), in your diaper bag, in your pocket, in your work bag… EVERYWHERE. Washing your hands thoroughly is, of course, preferred – but around this time, be mindful of washing or sanitizing as often as possible, especially when in public places, or, say, picking up your kid from the germ-infested-bacteria-house known as daycare.
I love bath & body works, but in effort to try to go more natural and reduce chemicals I use every day, here are my all-natural favourites: Everyone Natural Hand Sanitizer // Theives Waterless Hand Purifier
2. Sanitize Your Air
I am diffusing something every day anyways, but around this time (November-ish) I start blasting a certain type of essential oil in order to help kill germs in the air around my house. Diffusing Young Living Theives blend alongside Lemon Oil gives the house a spicy fall scent, and is also doing double duty by killing germs and bacteria. Theives is great to diffuse if you’ve already caught something too, but is generally helpful for prevention. Theives and Lemon are both in the fab young living starter kit. As is the diffuser.
(*Side note, it’s oddly named because of an old-school legend of four 15-th century (okay, super old school) French thieves who were said to have worn a combination of clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary oils in order to rob the dead and dying when the plague broke out. Because of he oils, they escaped without catching the disease. Fun fact!)
3. Eat Vitamin Enriched Food
According to healthline, there are a ton of vitamin enriched foods that will help boost your immune system so that you can help prevent colds from sticking. Among them, try to incorporate these foods into your diet NOW so that you can benefit from the extra vitamin c.
-Red Bell Peppers
-Garlic & Ginger
Taking a Vitamin C supplement wouldn’t be a bad idea. Find chewable ones, whatever brand you like. I’ve been using Jameison lately, but I’m sure there are better brands out there. Heck, get it from costco in bulk if you want. But remember, try to get most of it from FOOD and don’t rely on a delicious sugary orange chalk powder tablet to give you all that you need.
According to Dr. Oz, it could also be helpful to take echineaca, zinc, and even Vitamin D while working to prevent a cold. Do your own research, but if Dr. Oz jumped off a cliff…
(I may be exaggerating my loyalty to Dr. Oz. If he went off a cliff, I would not follow him. To be clear. Sorry Oz.)
Pomegranate seeds are an excellent source of fibre, vitamin c, potassium, iron, and antioxidants. Say what? Things that help boost your immune system. Goji berries (or wolf berries) are like antioxidant sources on steroids, offering possibly the highest amount of antioxidants in one source. Sooo… I would try to get your hands on these bad boys. Good news! Pomegranates are in season right now. Score. Goji berries may be more difficult to find, and they can be a bit pricey, but totes worth it on the cold-fighting front.
I also take a shot of NingXia Red daily. It’s a drink composed of wolf berry juice (goji berry juice), blueberry and pomegranate juice, and a proprietary essential oil blend. It is fab for giving your body a boost of antioxidants, especially right now.
1. Rest & Fluids, Duh
Once the sickness has officially found you, (sorry) try to get in lots of fluids, and take it easy on your body. Go to bed earlier, and try not to push your body so hard both physically and mentally. Drink water and even pure orange juice, if you can. Hopefully your
damn sweet toddler won’t wake you up at 5am. Fingers crossed.
2. Oregano Oil
I’ve posted about this before, but oil of oregano taken internally has worked wonders for me when trying to combat the early stages of a cold. AS SOON AS you feel something coming on (and I mean, the SECOND you notice there’s maybe, kinda, sorta, possibly a tiiiiiny little weird tingle in the back of your throat) start taking shots of OJ with one (ONE!!!) drop of oil of oregano. Real talk: it tastes like sh*t. Sorry about that. Plug your nose and chug it all in one breath if you can. Open your mouth WIDE and try not to get ANY on your lips. Trust. Just get it over with. Repeat that torture 3-4x per day. It should help to at least start clearing up your symptoms faster and shorten the duration of your cold.
3. More Oils, Natch
Theives should be going even while you’re on offence. Eucalyptus oil and another blend called “R.C.” will be helpful especially if you have a cough or are stuffed up. Alternate between the two. Apply Theives oil directly on the bare soles of your feet as often as you can, but especially before bed.
4. Oat Tea
The scientific research is divided on this one (read: there is little no scientific research) but this is a ritual I practice as soon as I realize I am now pronounced sick. It’s from Tosca Reno’s Eat Clean Cookbook. It’s super simple and is meant to “strengthen immunity” and “fight cold symptoms”. (I’m not lying, it says it right there in the book! *Points to book* SEE! There.)
It’s easy and it’s actually delicious. I think I’m gonna go make some right now…
4 (ish) cups of water
2-3 (ish) tablespoons of organic rolled oats
1-2 (ish) cinnamon sticks
Optional: 1 (ish) tablespoon of organic honey
(Can you tell I hate following recipes? I don’t even look at the book anymore, I just recreate it however I want on the particular day. Livin’ on the edge.)
Literally so easy: put everything except the honey into a big pot. Bring it to a boil and stir often. Add the honey at the end so it’ll mix easier in the hot water. VOILA!
Make sure you take out the cinnamon stick(s) before you choke on one.
While I sincerely hope you and your family can avoid the sick season this year, I also hope that if something strikes, maybe some of my strategies will work for you. Maybe you’ve tried some, maybe some are new. The combination of different techniques can be helpful for getting you back to your old self again.
If you have any questions, drop them below. Right down there.
If you want more deets on how I utilize essential oils daily, (not just for when I’m sick!) send me a message HERE and I’m happy to explain further.
Theives, Lemon, R.C., Theives Waterless Hand Purifier, a Diffuser and samples of NingXia red are ALL included in the starter kit. I know, right? Bomb.
And if you’re like… I want to start obsessing over oils NOW and demand you order me a kit RIGHT THIS SECOND… cool man, click HERE and I’ll hook you up! Mention this blog post and I’ll even get you $20 back when you order.
Disclaimer: I use Young Living brand because the quality of your essential oil makes a difference. Drugstore brands that are easily obtainable on the shelf are cheaper because they only have to include 5% of “essential oil” to be called “pure”. If you want something to work for you, it actually has to be of exceptional quality, and Young Living is different than store-bought brands because of that. If you want to verify that for yourself, please do. Check out their website and their purity procedure, called seed to seal.
That’s it, pals!
(Whoops, it’s not nighttime right now. Good day to you, sir.)