It’s a well known fact that I love everything about fall, especially October; the color on the trees, the wind whipping through the leaves, all that PSL love. The only thing that I don’t like about fall is that it brings cold and flu season along with it. Speaking of which, I got texts this morning from friends in unrelated circles all saying the same thing, “I woke up sick! It’s like trying to swallow blades!” and one just now, “Girl, now I’m throwing up.”
As much as I hate to admit it, cold and flu season is only just beginning, but fortunately, I have a stock-piled cabinet full of natural cold and flu fighters that will hopefully help to prevent the worst of it.
Natural Remedies for Conquering Cold & Flu Season
Of course, the easiest way for a kid to conquer a cold is to avoid getting one in the first place! Easier said than done, of course, but there are some simple steps that can stack the odds in your family’s favor.
- Teach your child to wash his hands often.
- Sharing is not always caring! Remind him not to share cups, food or anything else that might have been near someone’s mouth. This is also the time of year to review how to properly cover a cough in an elbow or to grab a tissue when sneezing.
- Pump up the vitamins! A daily multi-vitamin is a good idea year round, but an extra dose of Vitamin C this time of year is a great idea.
- Rev up the immune system with a healthy diet with lots of veggies and a lot of water.
- 100% pure tart cherry juice is a great home remedy for stomach bug prevention
Of course, we live in the real world, and unless you send your child outside in a bubble all year, they are likely to come down with a cold at some point this season. When sickness strikes, there are lots of natural and homeopathic remedies that can be used to combat colds.
REST, REST, REST:
It sounds overly simple, but giving the body the chance to rest and heal is crucial to kicking that cold to the curb. Do your best to avoid letting them get over-tired and sick days are always a good excuse to bend screen time rules a bit.
Like their name, essential oils are essential when taking care of a sick body. Whether it’s in a diffuser or in a capsule, there are many oils that help to heal. (You can even check out our Guide to Consultant-Run Businesses for an essential oils consultant near you.)
- Tea Tree Oil – Promotes cleansing and purity, has antibacterial and antiviral properties.
- Thyme Oil – Helps energize in times of physical weakness and stress, has antiviral and antimicrobial properties.
- Lemon Oil – Promotes health, healing, physical energy and purification.
- Eucalyptus Oil – For kids over the age of 2, add a few drops of this oil to bath water or do a diffuser to open up nasal passages and help with congestion.
- Respiratory Blend – Excellent blend for opening the respiratory system and helps promote sleep. Diffusing a blend of peppermint, eucalyptus, lemon and Teatree helps to clear the sinuses as well.
- Protective Blend – Excellent blend to help protect the body against the onset of flu, colds and viruses.
I put honey in everything when I’m sick, my favorite being right off the spoon. Honey is great to use for coughs or mixed in hot water with a little bit of lemon juice, ginger, and cayenne. You can also add fresh cinnamon to raw honey for a throat-coating remedy. **Never give honey to kids under the age of 1!
Honey and lemon juice can really help a sore throat. Lemon dries up congestion and honey provides a soothing coating. Mix together a tablespoon of each, microwave for 20 seconds until warm (not hot), and have your child swallow the mixture a teaspoon at a time.
If your child’s temperature is elevated, it means his immune system is fighting off something, so it’s okay to closely monitor, but let the fever do its job unless he seems uncomfortable or “off.” (Exception: If your baby is under 3 months old and is running a fever over 100.4 F, call the doctor. Fevers in babies are not to be handled lightly.)
- Run a soothing bath in lukewarm water to help bring body temperature down
- Hydration! This doesn’t have to just be water, but stay away from sugary beverages as best you can.
- Warming Sock Treatments can be used when sick with a fever. These treatments help to increase circulation of all the good cells that are trying to fight the bad ones, monitor body temperature, and relieve head pressure.
- It’s stinky, but you can also try applying an apple cider vinegar-soaked washcloth to your child’s forehead.
Hyland’s 4Kids Cold’n Cough Day and Combo Pack with Natural Grape Flavor is a good choice as an effective multi-symptom solution that’s safe for kids. It’s alcohol-free, sugar-free, and dye-free, so it provides natural relief of common cold symptoms in children.*
The combo pack can be given to children two years and up and since there are no known drug interactions from using homeopathic products, parents appreciate that they don’t have to worry about negative side effects with combining Hyland’s 4Kids Cold’n Cough with other medication.
If you’re not familiar with Hyland’s, Hyland’s Homeopathy is the oldest manufacturer of homeopathic medicines in the US. They use the highest quality natural ingredients and in accordance with FDA Good Manufacturing Practices. They have always been driven by the simple scientific proof of how the body can call upon its own natural defenses to heal and restore balance.
Where can you buy Hyland’s?
Available exclusively at Costco’s now through February 2017, we can stock up on their combo pack to prepare for the cold season at Costco prices. Everyone knows that Costco is great for stocking up on pretty much everything. Plus, the upcoming Costco Mom Hour event is the perfect opportunity to grab yours, where you can find and purchase your own combo pack along with all of the other goodies we love from Costco!
When: Friday, November 4th from 9-10am
Where: Costco in New Berlin, Pleasant Prairie, Pewaukee and Grafton (and also 98 warehouses nationwide)
Why: Costco is opening their doors an hour early just for us!
What: Light breakfast, swag (first 100), giveaways, samples and EXCLUSIVE NEW MEMBERSHIP OFFER!
**Can’t attend? We realize this event won’t work for every single person, that’s why we are thrilled that Costco is offering the exclusive new membership offer to everyone, regardless of whether you can attend. Register using the link below and simply select the exclusive member offer for non attendees. Upon registering you will have a chance to purchase the membership online for $55. Take that to any warehouse in the US before November 4th and redeem it for the membership card, a $20 gift card and $43 in Costco coupons!
Sign up for the Costco Mom Hour HERE!
Disclaimer: Consult Medical Professional before use. Always read and follow label directions. *The uses for our products are based on traditional homeopathic practice. They have not been reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration.