First, take a deep breathe. Everyone gets sick. Nurses. Vegans. Children. Naturalist. If you are human, the odds of you getting sick in one way or another are 100%. It does not mean you have failed yourself or your family. There are options. Take another deep breathe.
Follow this action plan when the first symptoms of getting sick begin. It may or may not stop the illness in its tracks entirely, but it will help to shorten the amount of time you are down for the count. The quicker you rebound the better for everyone, but most importantly, for you.
Drink plenty of water. 8-10 eight ounce glasses of water while you are awake. Water helps to flush toxins out of our bodies. The more you drink, the better chance your body has to rid itself of the bugs. Add some citrus to your water to amplify the detox effect.
Get some rest. Rest does not mean you have to be sleeping. Rest means your body is in a calm state. It is not requiring extra energy. So cancel your plans. Stay home. Lay on your couch and binge watch a new show. The added benefit of staying home is that you are keeping your germs to yourself.
Wash your hands. Did you know that washing with soap and water is the number one way to prevent the spread of disease? Additionally, the flu is a virus which means “antibacterial hand sanitizer” does not kill it off. Only soap and water will rid you of the flu virus. Hand washing might seem like a lost cause since you have already caught a bug, but it will minimize the spread of the infection around your house or public places you have been.
Say No to Sugar
No, this picture is not telling you to load up on your favorite comfort candy. It is me actually telling you the opposite. Stop any sugar intake. Sugar is fuel for bacteria and viruses. The more you take in, the more you feed your virus and stronger more intense your illness symptoms will be making it harder for your body to work to fight it off.
Have you heard other people talking about elderberry syrup and thought it was just hype? Elderberries contain antioxidants strong in fighting off colds and flus. This can also be used daily as a preventative measure, especially throughout the winter months. Elderberry syrup comes in liquid or gummy form and can be taken daily as a preventative measure, not just when you are sick. Check your local farmer’s markets or stores, there is usually a local source and we love to support our farmers!
Good ol’ Chicken Noodle Soup
Eat some chicken noodle soup. I know, I know, this might seem like an odd recommendation, but there is power in the soup. The warmth of the soup can help to break up congestion of a cold or flu. Chicken is a great source of protein which your body needs as fuel to fight off illness and also has anti-inflammatory properties. The warm salty liquid can soothe a sore throat. The vegetables have vitamins and minerals strong in adding the immune response. And finally, there is something emotionally comforting in eating this soup when we are feeling down. This positive emotional response aids your body in producing “happy” hormones which decrease inflammation.
Theraputic Grade Essential Oils
Yep, I’m recommending those “witch oils” we keep talking about. Do you have them and just not use them? Time to bring them out. You don’t have to wait to be on death’s door. Start at the first sign of feeling bad.
The big daddy oils I like to use when I feel sickness creeping up are Lemon for its detoxification properties, Tea Tree for its anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, Frankincense to boost the immune system, Lavender and Peppermint because they have a synergistic (read, best friends for life) effect on boosting the anti-microbial activity in the body. And last but not least, the anti-viral, Oregano. If you haven’t read my article on “What is an essential oil?”, Oregano was often used by Hippocrates like we use antibiotics. Prescribed for 7-10 days. The doTerra blend I use the most when it comes to illness is OnGuard. It is the right mixture of virus and bacteria booty kicking oils. How do I use these? Great question!
- I add 8 drops of each into a 10ml rollerball, fill the rest of the way with fractionated coconut oil. I apply this to my neck and down my spine every hour while awake and when I go to bed while I’m feeling sick and for two days after I’m feeling better. Like antibiotics, you don’t stop using oils when you feel better, you give your body extra support to keep fighting those nasty little infection bugs away. Need more help with making a rollerball? Check out this quick tutorial.
- I diffuse all day and night. Add Tea Tree, Lemon, Peppermint and Lavender to a diffuser and run that baby like its your job. This will also help to purify the air in your home. Not sure how to use a diffuser? Check out my tutorial here.
- I clean my house with the OnGuard. Now, I mean, I’m not on my hands and knees because I’m sick and tired, but I am wiping down the common use areas in the house. Doorknobs, countertops, remotes, my phone, kids toys.
- I start the same protocols on the people in my home. We all know the “once one kid gets sick, they all will” syndrome. Why wait for that to happen? Start dosing them now with all the immune boosting goodies and ward off those evil bacterias and viruses.
Give yourself some grace. Even the healthiest immune system in the world will get worn out sometimes. And if you’re a lazy naturalist like me, then you know that you are doing the best you can to care for yourself and your family. If you are reading this article, then you are already ahead. You care about your health and that can be half the battle. You want the best for yourself and your family, and I am here to keep helping you along. Now go take a nap.