New and Natural Ways to Stay Healthy during the Flu Season

Avoid having a sick child

Avoid having a sick child

If you listen to the news media you would think this year’s flu epidemic is so severe that if you haven’t already had a flu shot you better do so soon.

I did a little scouting around and discovered:

  • This is the “worst flu epidemic since 2009” (four years ago) NOT the worst flu epidemic on record ever.
  • According to the New York City Health Commissioner, Thomas Farley, New York declares a flu epidemic if 5 % (that’s all!) of the people who visit an ER complain of flu symptoms.
  • The director of the CDC (Center for disease Control), Thomas Frieden was interviewed and seemed amused, and is quoted saying, “The bottom line:  It’s flu season.”  (Hello?)
  • It’s hard for elected officials to know where to draw the line between preparedness for flu and terrifying the public out of their wits.
So I say, let’s use some common sense and review some new and old ways to avoid colds and flu:
  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly. It takes at least 15-30 seconds to thoroughly cleanse hands of bacteria.  This is the single most important way to prevent the spread of germs.  I use lots of Timeless Organic Hand Lotion to keep my hands from chapping and cracking.
  • Put vicks or anti-viral essential oils (such as oregano, tea tree, juniper, thyme, cinnamon) on your feet.  Your feet are very porous and will readily absorb the anti-vi’s.
  • Gargle with salt water.  Salt kills germs in your throat which can scare off and relieve sore throats.
  • Use a saline nasal spray which  will kill germs in the sinuses and nasal passages.
  • Cut up an onion.  Put 1/2 the cut onion by the bed of the sick person.  In the morning the onion will be black and gross.  Also quartered onions can be placed around the house to absorb germs from the air!
  • Consume plenty of naturally fermented veggies, yogurt, kefir and Kombucha.  They are naturally high in pro-biotics  immune system boosting properties.


  • Wipe commonly used surfaces with Norwex Microfiber Enviro cloths, known for the “real clean” without using chemicals to clean.
  • Change your toothbrush and bedding regularly.  Always change bedding after being sick.
  • Use a humidifier.  Germs thrive in dry air.
  • Drink plenty of pure water.  AT least 8 cups or more per day.  Moist mucous membranes are much less susceptible to viral attack.  It also is very cleansing.
  • Take a VERY hot bath for 15 minutes and then jump into a warmed bed and sweat!  Sweating helps get rid of toxins.
  • Get plenty of sleep.  Rest helps healing.
  • Consume plenty of Vitamin C.  Zinc is known for helping ward off oncoming colds if taken at the first sign of symptoms.
  • Ginger, lemon juice, cayenne, honey and garlic are also known for their healing properties.  I found this recipe for Natures Flu Shot circulating Facebook the other day.  Lot’s of wisdom here.  Have you tried it?


Can you think of other tips?

If you do come down with a cold, there is nothing like REAL Chicken Soups for Colds and Flus.

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