Disclaimer: I am not a health professional. The contents of this blog are my personal experiences and opinions, and are not meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any diseases. If you have a health concern, consult your doctor.
Lately, it seems like every other post on my Facebook newsfeed is about the flu. Concerns about avoiding the flu, posts questioning where to find remedies, questions about the side effects of Tamiflu, posts looking for elderberries or elderberry syrup…the list goes on. Outside of social media, probably half (or more) of my social circle has experienced illness in some form. Turn on the news, and you’re bound to see a story about the flu.
Fortunately, our family has been able to avoid getting ill these past few months – and honestly, I don’t think that’s something that was left to chance. We have spent time around people that have been sick. We have been to church and were told a day or two later that someone who was there had come down with the flu. We have not been hiding out; my son has been at pre-K, we have been to the grocery store, we have been on play dates and to the park, we have been to the mall. In years past, we have always caught every illness that went around. Every bug or cold visited us soon after it visited a friend or family member. So what has changed?
I Prepared Ahead
I didn’t want this year to be like years past. I didn’t want us to be in and out of school & work, and to be cancelling events and engagements because of illness.
I prepared ahead.
Over the summer, I started ordering all of the immune boosting essential oils that generally go out of stock during the winter time. Thieves essential oil was on my monthly order almost every month.
I started brewing my own kombucha at home in November, and I make sure we drink some daily.
I stocked up on supplies to make elderberry syrup, and then I made a batch in the fall and put it in the fridge. It keeps for 3 months, and we each started taking a spoonful daily. And when I ran out, I made more.
I made sure to order lots of supplements from Young Living – vitamins, probiotics, NingXia Red, greens, and enzymes.
I focused on our health.
Rather than reacting when we got sick, I started supporting our immune systems a long time before anyone around us started coming down with colds or the flu. I focused on keeping our family healthy this year, and I’m so pleased to say that so far, it has paid off.
Some might say we are just lucky. I would say I doubt it. There were times I was sure my kids were getting sick. Snottty noses, sneezing, and coughing started with both of them the same day – they hadn’t quite come down with anything yet but I could tell. I knew the signs and knew it was coming. I loaded them up with extra doses of everything I had that was immune boosting, and I prayed over them as I did it. The next day they were not any worse – in fact, they seemed to be a little better. The day after that, they were completely normal.
Another time, my 2 year old started having a little bit of the runs. I did the same thing and supported his immune system, and it never got any worse.
No, we are not done with the “season” yet. But we have made it through the bulk of it. And with my kids catching everything under the sun in past winter seasons, I know it’s not a fluke. I know that this is year is different. I also know we are not perfect and that this may not always work. And that’s okay – what is important is that I’m supporting our immune systems and focusing on taking care of our bodies. And even if we get sick, I will continue to do so.
I hope that you have been able to stay well this winter. And if not, I hope it wasn’t too bad for you. In either case, take some of these tips and apply them to yourself and your family for the remainder of this season and for next year. Focusing on wellness never hurts.
Do you have other tips to add? How have you been staying healthy this season?
Keep on sparkling friends.