Holiday Tip No. 2: Stay Well
Did you know that kids get an average of six to eight colds a year, while adults get an average of two to four? Unfortunately, most of this is during a certain time of the year, and we are more susceptible when we are stressed, our diet is poor, we are in increased social situations, and when we are lacking proper sleep... Which sounds a lot like the holidays!
So, if your kindergartener comes home with a cold or flu, does that mean that you will get it? You might, but there are things that you can do to avoid the rest of the family getting sick.
1. It's never too early to pamper your immune system. Doing things like drinking herbal teas with immune boosting ingredients, using one of our immunity essential oil products, eating a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, and getting a good night's sleep, are all important.
2. Wash your hands often. And you have to do better than a quick rinse under the faucet. Rub your hands together with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Don’t forget between your fingers and under your nails. And remember to keep your hands away from your nose, mouth, and face.
3. Keep your hands off of yourself. On average, people touch their face two or three times a minute — but you should never touch your face with unwashed hands, as that's how colds and flu germs spread. Germs can get into your system through your eyes, nose, or mouth when you touch your face.
4. Use the disinfecting power of essential oils. Germs can live on surfaces for up to 24 hours. Add some of The Herbal Toad's Blockade to a spray bottle of water, and wipe down all surfaces in the house where germs can live, including telephones, computer keyboards, and counter surfaces, with a disinfectant. Also leave the kitchen duties to the healthy, and be sure to wash kitchen utensils thoroughly, and empty dishwasher and dish drainer with clean hands to help prevent spreading germs from one person to another.
5. Use your diffuser to disinfect in the in-between time. Having your diffuser running regularly with Blockade helps to kill airborne pathogens, viruses, bacteria, etc. As a preventative, it's a good idea to have the diffuser running as your family arrives home from work, school, and daycare.
6. Use Blockade roll-on before travel, visiting, and family illness. Blockade roll-on, applied to the bottom of the feet before bed, works in a similar way as Airborne. Use it on the rest of the family when someone is sick in the household, use it before going to Aunties big Thanksgiving gathering, and use it before airline travel.
7. Cough into your elbow. Don’t cough into your hands. Coughing into your elbow crease or sleeve and encouraging your kids to do the same helps prevent the spread of germs.
8. Keep calm. The hustle and bustle of the holidays can be stressful, and stress compromises your immune system. Reduce stress by making a plan, using stress reduction techniques, and using herbs and essential oils that help aid you in relieving your body and mind of stress can help.
9. If you get sick, act quickly! At the first sign of symptoms, start doing what you can to help your body fight of illness, and alleviate symptoms. Drinking herbal teas, using tinctures, and using essential oils are all wonderful tools to aid in the healing process. There are an abundance of things to make your body stronger, as well as clearing airways and easing tummy troubles.