A couple of weeks ago I began feeling that tell-tale scratchy throat that usually signals an impending virus, so I started swallowing a half teaspoon of raw chopped garlic once a day, as well as upping my probiotics dose. It never developed into anything more.
Then my kids started getting sick.
I’ve been lax about insisting on the daily dose of fermented cod liver oil I used to have my kids take during the winter.
I put on a huge pot of homemade chicken soup, with tons of garlic and, bien sur, homemade broth. The 4 year old had a fever and runny nose for a couple of days, then the 2 year old, then the 9 year old developed a croupy cough at night. A humidifier running in her room helped tremendously.
During the plague I kept “thieves” blend going in my NOW atomizer. Everyone took raw garlic. (I find if I down it with raw milk without chewing, it doesn’t give me garlic breath or burps.) There were endless cups of tea with honey to soothe raw throats, and freshly squeezed OJ for extra Vitamin C.
I got a sample of Boogie Wipes saline nasal spray and love it. The saline spray is free of preservatives (benzylkonium chloride is something I want to avoid). The spray nozzle operates sort of like a neti pot, but easier and less intimidating for younger children.
I’m really scared to get sick because then I won’t be able to visit my baby in the NICU! Thankfully my home care measures, along with more strict hand washing routines, seem to be working.
I’m SO thankful that we got the yearly virus over with before our newest member comes home from the hospital!
How are you staying well (or caring for sick kiddos) this season?
(p.s. I received a sample of Boogie Mist to facilitate this review, and there are affiliate links in this post. Thanks for reading my blog!)