My Cold & Flu First Aid Kit
If you’re like most of my clients, you might think that I never get sick. But I do.
That said, it doesn’t happen often, and when it does, it generally doesn’t last more than a day or two.
You’ve probably guessed my advice for the first part: eat well, exercise regularly, minimize stress, take care of your long-term health.
What I want to offer you today is what I use to get back on my feet quickly, particularly for colds and flus:
Wish Garden Herbs Kick-Ass Immune Activator
I take this at the first sign of any cold or flu and continue for a day or so after my symptoms are gone.
I almost always use this. The only times I don’t, are when I don’t have it on hand (e.g. if I’m traveling and can’t get it).
Stress of any type depletes your body’s supply of Vitamin C (your body uses it to counteract the stress), so you want to replenish regularly.
Pick whichever form you like best. I generally have a few packets of Emergen-C on hand. While it’s not the best source, it’s easy to use and very portable.
Herbs, Etc. ChlorOxygen
This is generally used for adjusting to altitude, but I find it helps boost my immune system as well.
I will often add about 1 dropper-full to 8 oz of water and add in some Vitamin C. This combination masks the taste of the ChlorOxygen, and anecdotally, taking the two together seems to boost their effectiveness.
Fresh Ginger Root
This is good for cold, flus, stomach bugs, nausea, sore throats and more.
I’ll either slice the root in very thin slices, or grate it into a mug. Then I’ll poor some hot water (not boiling water) on it and allow it to steep.
For sore throats, adding a touch of honey is also helpful.
Thayers Slippery Elm Lozenges
This is great for sore throats or raspy coughs.
These lozenges have added sugars in them so limit their use, but for those few days I might need them, they work really well.
Thieves Essential Oil by Young Living Essential Oils
Other companies have now made their own version of this essential oil blend, so you don’t necessarily need to stick with YL.
This is a great anti-microbial essential oil that is all natural and doesn’t promote antibiotic resistance.
You can get the oil itself or a hand sanitizer with the oil it. You can even buy Thieves toothpaste and household cleaners.
See my recent post for more information on this one.
This is great for stuffed up noses, runny noses, allergies, etc.
Of course, you’ll want to check with your health care professional to make sure these are ok for you to take, but for most people they’re perfectly fine.
I’ve had several people use the Kick-Ass Immune Activator and the Vitamin C/ChlorOxygen combo recently with great results, and that’s often what I go to first.