Thought I would switch things up and give you a list of things to help preserve your (and your littles) health during these nasty, germy months! This is the “how to ward off sickness” edition of Friday Five!
In addition to the following things, we also practice good habits: wash hands before eating, don’t let the kids share utensils and watercups, wipe down grocery carts, iPhones, faucets, lightswitches and doorknobs frequently. But these are the top five things we constantly do/use in our house to try and ward off illness.
1.) Airborne gummies: These are for adults, not the kids. They are delicious, satisfy my afternoon sugar cravings, and are loaded with 1000 mg of Vitamin C per serving (3 gummies) as well as other herbs, vitamins and minerals such as echinacea and ginger. I take 3 a day from November into March. Some people claim that these aren’t effective but my feeling is that with those ingredients and yummy taste, they can’t hurt.
2.) Zicam nose swabs: at the very first signs of a cold, or if one of my housemates is sniffly, I start daily noseswabs. These guys take a little bit of getting used to- they definitely feel weird the first few times- but I absolutely notice the effects and feel they have stopped sickness in its’ tracks for me numerous times. I always have a couple of them floating around my purse since they are individually wrapped and easy to discard of. Just to clarify- I don’t use these on the kids, just me. Mama can’t get sick!
3.) Sambucus elderberry gummies: The boys take two of these a day, every day. When one of them is fighting something, they get a doubledose. These are an easy sell because they taste like candy (the boys think they are just candy actually), but elderberry has immunity boosting function and it quickens the recovery process as well.
4.) doTERRA OnGuard oil: This is my top level of defense. I use the spray version on myself after grocery shopping, before and after I workout, and Gray gets his hands sprayed before and after preschool. I spray the kids’ hands every time we’ve been in a public setting and I use the oil version in the diffuser at home constantly. I truly believe in its’ protection and no, I don’t sell doTERRA!
5.) These lollipops are a treat for my kids whenever they “need” one. I love giving them to the boys knowing that they’re healthy and obviously lollipops are always a welcome (and sometimes necessary) thing.
I hope you find this list helpful and that you enjoy a healthy winter with your family!