This winter has been a bit scary in our home. As a mom of little one's I dread "sick season" , you know the time I'm talking about. It's normally November through March where so many people are coming down with nasty colds, strep or the flu. When you have kids it seems to linger even longer because each sickness is bound to make it's way through the whole family..maybe more than once. This winter , at the end of December, we welcomed baby 4...right in the middle of sick season!
I'll be honest, it terrified me! We have never had a new baby during this time of year and I was really worried about this little one catching something. So, first and foremost Hubs & I decided we would venture out of the home as little as possible during the first couple of months of our new lil guys life. I know that may be extreme for most families, and we won't be doing it again...it was a hard time period being more secluded than normal..but definitely worth keeping the new lil guy healthy.
However there were some parts of life that needed to remain "normal" , Hubs had to go to work , I had to do grocery shopping, our parents came to visit, I had a couple evenings out with my closest gal pal & Hubs had some guy time ; which meant we were still exposed to germs. So, how did we keep everyone healthy this winter??
1- Elderberry Syrup : We use elderberry every winter, and it does a great job at keeping a lot of illnesses away. The last time any of us had a bad stomach virus was in 2011 & we weren't taking elderberry at this time. We do tend to get nasty colds during the Spring months & it is usually after we stop taking this. For some reason I always feel "sick season" is over so we can stop using it...however this year we will continue, at least a couple times a week.
I purchase this one from Vitacost , it seems to be the best price around & if you spend $50 you get free shipping. So I usually stock up on a few things. You can also make your own Elderberry syrup, I just haven't ventured there yet.
I've also been told that 100% grape juice works the same way. That has been the only juice we've bought over the past few months & the kids usually drink a cup a day.
2 - Essential Oils : Over the past 2-3 years I have fallen in love with essential oils. We have found them incredibly beneficial for things like headaches, muscle aches, focus and more! This winter if we have company over, or we've been out & about I will diffuse my Purify & Lemon oils. We also put a little Purify on our home air filters this year.
3 - The Miracle Drink: So, when I was pregnant I had horrid heartburn, nothing was working so I began looking for "natural remedies". I saw that Apple Cider Vinegar could help...desperate I tried it & it worked! Then I started reading about all the other ways ACV can be beneficial to your health.
That is when I stumbled upon what I call the 'Miracle Drink' . Whenever Hubs and I get sick, like 'ugh, I feel miserable' sick, it always begins with a sore throat. So , I knew this drink would come in handy. It says , every time you feel a sore throat coming on you should consume this drink & you'll feel better in the hour! Honestly I was doubtful, but I thought 'what do I have to lose?'
2 Tbls Lemon Juice, 2 Tbls ACV , 2 Tbls Honey, a dash of cinnamon in hot water. The first time I gave it a try I couldn't believe that I did actually feel better very quickly & it never progressed into something more...but maybe it was just a fluke. After the 3rd time of this happening I was sold...but could I convince anyone else that it really was that simple?
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My in-laws flew in for a visit when lil guy was about a month old & Hubs started complaining about feeling a bit run down & sick. So I made this drink for him & myself , ya know..just incase , and he then was sold too! He has asked me to make it for him a couple times since & he always says how much better he feels immediately after.
4- Humidifier : Since having kids we have had humidifiers in their rooms, but we only use them when they are sick. We never thought to use them to prevent illness...well this winter we've had one in our hallway which is right by our bedroom , one in the kids bedrooms and one in our main living area. We have them constantly running & can really tell a difference in our air quality.
5 - Tackle Germs: When we do go out , we obviously can't avoid germs. But we can do our best to limit them. I carry antibacterial wipes with me everywhere, I always wipe my cart before using it & then I wipe my hands & the kids when we leave the store.
This year we also maybe went overboard...but it's worked for us. Whenever we come home from somewhere, Hubs from work, me from the grocery store, the kids and us from eating out...we bathe/shower and change our clothes immediately.
I don't know if any one of these alone would have kept us so healthy this winter..but together we have felt amazing!