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There’s a nip in the air, but along with it can come the cold and flu germs. We tend to stay indoors more this time of year, which means colds and flus are on the rise. And nothing’s worse than missing out on a fa day of fun because you’re stuck near a tissue box!
If you get caught by a cold, take care to keep it from spreading by washing your hands frequently, especially after touching your face. Then, know your limits. Try to get some rest, and relieve your flu and cold symptoms with a natural remedy like the one below that uses pure essential oils.
Thoroughly mix ingredients together and place in a dark-colored container to preserve the essential oils. Rub a small amount on your chest at bedtime. You can also rub a small amount on the soles of your feet and under your toes. Coconut oil is a wonderful moisturizer, and the oils have long been used for their antiviral and antibacterial properties. The combination should help you breathe easier and relax so you can rest.*
Avoid catching a cold by heading outdoors!
Some disease experts suggest it isn’t the colder weather that makes us sick, but how we react to it—by staying inside and spreading the infection to each other. The best remedy for cold symptoms is to avoid catching a cold in the first place, so get outside! Being in nature relieves stress, which we all know can also hinder your immune system at a time when you need it most.
Bundle up and take a walk with your family to see holiday lights or gather pinecones and re-purpose them for decorating. You can even scent them with your favorite oil or blend to enhance your holiday mood. We love cinnamon, but fir needle or cedarwood work well, too. Just place the pinecones in a container with a lid and add 3-4 drops of essential oil. Seal the container and give it a gentle shake. Use immediately or store the sealed container for up to a few weeks for a stronger scent. And of course, when you venture outside, don’t forget your sunscreen!
Stay happy and healthy this holiday season!
*Note: This recipe is intended for adults.
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