I hope you and your family have escaped colds and flu so far this season, but often they are hard to avoid.
Sick people still go out and about in the USA, mainly because they have to work (and unlike Japan for example, don’t wear masks when they sick).
I’m beginning to think that’s a sensible idea!
My alternative approach to helping the healing process with colds and flu
My oldest, Callie, is home sick today and it occurred to me as I’m treating her that my tips and tricks for treating colds and flu could be useful for other moms and dads (not to mention for yourself), so here goes.
Step 1 of my approach for colds and flu
I use Oscillococcinum, a homeopathic remedy, I always keep some in the cupboard over the winter season. I just do what it says on the box to help relieve symptoms of colds and flu.
The new Natural Grocer in Wichita also stocks Oscillo and the price is really good, I bought double the amount than from Target and it was $13.49!
I notice it’s now available on Amazon, too if you can’t find it in your local grocery store or health food store.
The key with a homeopathic remedy is to take it often, which is different than you may be used to with longer lasting colds and flu remedies from the pharmacy.
Thing is, the pharmacy remedies reduce the symptoms, whereas a homeopathic remedy stimulates the immune system to work through the disease or illness (in this case colds and flu) more quickly.
Step 2 of my alternative approach for colds and flu
Bed rest or one quiet day on the couch if possible. I know this is hard for a lot of working people, especially if you have to take a day off work to take care of your child, but you are making much harder on your immune system (or your child’s) if you give them a dose of symptom suppressant cough or flu medicine and send them straight into school.
Not to mention the fact that you are risking making everyone else sick too by giving them colds and flu!
Step 3 of my approach for colds and flu – some kind of vitamin or mineral booster – here’s an example
I also think it’s a good idea to travel with these – and they now come in a new, chewable pack so that you can use them on the go instead of the soluble kind which require a glass of water.
Step 3 of my alternative approach for colds and flu – essential oils
Diffuse appropriate Essential Oils or have the person inhale them, either on a tissue (very quick and simple for younger children) or in a bowl of very hot water with a towel over your head (useful for older children and adults).
She didn’t eat much for breakfast and complained of body aches.
It’s now lunchtime and she’s watching TV and eating her lunch, her eyes are looking much clearer. That’s a big sign that her immune system is kicking in. I’m hopeful she’ll be back to school tomorrow.
Benefits of an alternative approach for colds and flu – save money in the long run and improve health and well-being in your family
When I mention my alternative approach to people, many are open, but others cite cost as an issue.
My question to this viewpoint is – how much is a co-pay if your child gets really sick?
And what if you could save yourself a co-pay, maybe more than one, by using this approach?
Just as an aside, my oldest has (so far thank g-d) never had an ear infection, chest infection or had to take antibiotics. She’s 9 and we travel a lot (4 states in 10 years so far).
The younger child had antibiotics twice, and I was glad of them – she caught a really nasty virus after a transatlantic airplane ride and the infection came back – twice. That’s when antibiotics are so great.
And guess what – she’s stayed well ever since – I carry Thieves, Airborne and Oscillo on our journeys now to make sure.
Something to think about next time you feel that tickle in your throat.
Disclaimer: I am a Young Living Distributor. Feel free to contact me if you’re interested in an essential oil consultation. I’m also an essential oil intuitive – readings given!
I have no business connection with Boiron or the makers of Airborne, I simply like the products and use them in my alternative approach.
The photos on the page link to Amazon – mainly because it’s the only way I can show photos that I don’t own, as an Amazon affiliate.
I hope you find something in this article useful and resist colds and flu.