Cold and flu season is about to be here! With constant weather patterns changing, and germs floating around at the kids’ schools, it’s time to prepare yourself! Here are 6 cold & flue essentials that have helped my family tremendously. Keep these on hand, and be ready to tackle those pesky viruses!
When cold air from outside meets the heat from your home, it creates dry air. Vaporizers balance the scales by adding moisture to your home. When you have a cold, a vaporizer will also help open your lungs to make breathing easier.
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Colds and flu attack weaker immune systems. Arm yourself with a daily dose of Vitamin C, to help strengthen your system and keep viruses at bay. Orange juice is a great source of Vitamin C, but when you’re on the go or in a hurry, drink packets and pills might be more efficient.
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Fevers are the worst! They’ll drain your energy, make sleeping difficult and can be a sign of something more serious than just a common cold. There are a ton of great options on the market for thermometers.
Get this Braun ThermoScan Ear Thermometer for only $33.99!
Score this Exergen Temporal Scanner Infrared Thermometer for $29.99!
This ARC InstaTemp Non-Touch Thermometer is just $39.99, and you can take it while your child sleeps!
Soft tissues are essential for cold and flu season. Using tissues that are course or don’t contain shea butter, aloe vera or Vitamin E will irritate your nose. When you’re constantly blowing it, you need a little comfort! Keep it moist, rather than dry. Pop some Vicks Vaporub on the underside of your nose after blowing to help with easier breathing and keep irritation at a minimal.
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Score some Kleenex with Aloe (18 box count) for $30!
When the flu brings on aches and pains, a warm bath might just do the trick. Even better, use Epsom Salt in your bath. It can help ease aches, help you relax to sleep, and even (some doctor’s say) helps raise your white blood cell count. As soon as you feel the cold or flu creeping up on you, start taking Epsom Salt baths.
Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Soaking Solution for only $4.89 is a miracle worker in my home!
Honey is a great cough suppressant, especially for children. Put it in tea to ease a sore throat, or take a spoonful a few times a day.
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What are your cold & flu essentials?
I’m not a doctor or medical professional. These are my suggestions for cold & flu season, based on personal experience.
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I make “flu packs” for friends who live alone or might have difficulty getting immediate help if they fall ill. Packed in a gallon or 2 gallon clear plastic bag are placed:Gatorade, a few Nyquil and Dayquil pills, a small packet of tissues, a small hand sanitizer, sore throat and cough drops and packets of dried soup or a can of soup and some ibuprofren. They can be kept for a year or two, until the meds expire, and are nice to have around just in case. I also put in a couple of individually wrapped tea bags, and your suggestion of honey is great-I’ll add a couple of those honey straws which will keep well and won’t be messy.