This post was supposed to be about chickens. But it’s not. This week my family is sick; from runny noses to sore throats and nose scrapes, my family has a few issues (well more so than usual!). So I decided to share my top 15 things to keep on hand during cold season. It all started last Friday when Little Miss tripped over her own feet and pitched head first into the gravel road. Saturday she continued her aspirations to become a prize-fighter by tripping on a play mat and smacking her head on a wooden chest. Then, Sunday began with a sore throat for Dan and a runny nose for her. Monday I decided I’d better stock up on my cold essentials and take extra vitamins (two sickies is two to many!). Today I thought I’d share this week’s adventure and a few items I like to keep on hand to make life a little easier.
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Here’s my list of 15 Cold Season Must Haves!
Humidifier: We keep a humidifier in Little Misses room and run it all through the night when she is sick.
Diffuser & essential oils: I keep a diffuser in each of our rooms and run oils that support a relaxed atmosphere. I also use them in various ways to support our systems. (As with anything, please do your research before using oils. Make sure the company you purchase them from is reputable and stands behind their product.)
Saline Bottle & distilled water: I started using a saline bottle regularly when I was pregnant and got a sinus infection. The doctor recommended I use one through out my pregnancy. Now when I catch a cold, I use one to keep everything irrigated. I really like the Sinus Rinse kit by NeilMed. (affiliate link)
Thermometer: We keep a thermometer on hand to keep an eye on her and make sure her cold doesn’t turn into something else.
Q-tips: They come in handy first thing in the morning when boogies have miraculously glued themselves to Little Misses nose.
Salt: This is a must have for sore throats. Pour a little bit in warm water and gargle away when you have a sore throat.
Soft tissues: Because no little person should have to wipe their sore nose on rough tissue.
Chest rub: I keep an all natural chest rub on hand to ease any congestion Little Miss may have. Maty’s Baby Chest Rub (affiliate link) doesn’t have any petroleum or other funky ingredients like a lot of chest rubs do.
Garlic & Zinc Vitamins: I try to support my immune system especially after I’ve come in contact with a sick person.
Herbal Teas: We keep A LOT of tea on hand. Chamomile, Sleepy time and Echinacea are some of my favorites during cold season.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple Cider Vinegar has about a zillion uses one of which is immune support.
Cinnamon: Cinnamon is reputed to support the immune system.
Lemon: Lemon and honey make a nice throat coat.
Local honey: Honey is another great item to keep on hand, but not just any honey will do, make sure your honey is locally sourced for the greatest benefit.
Bonus! Whiskey: Dan swears a small glass of whiskey on ice helps ease his sore throat.
Wanna know what I do with ACV, Cinnamon, Lemon & Honey?
In the morning, take a large shot of ACV and add a couple spoonfuls of warm water. Then add in a dash of cinnamon, a spoonful of honey and a squirt of lemon juice. This isn’t an exact science folks, add however much of each ingredient you feel like. Mix your concoction and drink up; I ain’t gonna lie, the first time is gonna be a little rough. Don’t let this deter you though – drink it enough times and you’ll find your body actually starts to crave it. After working for many years in the retail industry where I came into daily contact with a lot of people, I am a firm believer that this concoction supports my immune system.
Well that’s it, those are my cold season must haves, now I think I’m gonna take my vitamins, drink my tea, swig my ACV mixture and call it one heck of a week. Maybe I’ll get to talk about chickens next time!
What are your cold season must have items?
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