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Cold & Flu Season Tips to Keep Healthy

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Cold and Flu drink

I have put together tips, recipes and ideas I came across, and some we have used in our family, to combat the flu and cold, as well as chase the aches and pains away.    At the bottom are links to recipes that you see pictured here, and others also.  I WANT YOU to stay healthy and happy!


There are ways we can prevent the cold and flu from getting to us and our family, or at least lingering longer than it has to.

A few tips are:

  • Do your best to avoid sick people if at all possible.
  • Try to stay away from others when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often, particularly after touching your nose, mouth, etc. Use hand sanitizers.
  • Get rest and lots of it. Your body needs a way to fight off those terrible germs and it has to have the energy to do it.
  • Drink lots, and lots of fluids.
  • See your doctor if your symptoms do not ease, or you feel it going into your lungs, may be dehydrating.  Serious health issues can arise from a simple cold and flu if it is not taken care of.

I love herbal teas and particularly when I don’t feel well.  Here are a couple of my favorite that are easy to keep on hand that help make ease those aches and pains

SLEEPYTIME BY CELESTIAL SEASONINGS is a good one when you feel you are coming down with something too.Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Echinacea Complete Care Wellness Tea Herbal Supplement, 20 CountThis LEMON GINGER TEA BY BIGELOW has ginger and pro-bio-tics to help with digestion and stomach ailments.Bigelow Lemon Ginger Herb Plus Probiotics Tea - Caffeine Free - 18 Individually Wrapped Tea Bags


 Now, this is an oldie but a goodie my mom told me about.  In a nice warm toasty bath, pour in:

1/4 – 1/2 tsp ground ginger and 1/4 – 1 /2 tsp cayenne pepper (the original instruction was to use up to 1 Tablespoon of each)

Soak for 10 minutes or so to release toxins and relieve sore muscles.Stay Healthy TipTo help with congestion that often comes with colds and flu’s keeping the air moist will help. This can be done by using a cool-mist humidifier or a vaporizer, which will make it easier to breathe. And using it at night will help you sleep better because you will be less congested and will cough less.


Here are links to the home remedy’s I have for you on the following pages. I am not a doctor so please see your physician with any questions about these products, recipes or ingredients and use at your own discretion and responsibility.

Homemade Cough Syrup, click HERE to go to post

Homemade Cough SyrupFlu- Buster Smoothie, click HEREFlu Buster SmoothieSoothing Herbal Tea Remedy HERESoothing Herbal Tea Remedy Cure-All-Get-Well-Drink HERECure-all Get Well DrinkCold & Flu Fighting Herbal Tea’s HERECold and Flu Herbal Tea

I am not a doctor, nor trained in any way medically, nor claim to be. Please see your physician with any questions about these products, recipes or ingredients and use at your own discretion and responsibility. I waive all responsibility medically or any otherwise. 

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2016, 2017

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  1. So in need of all the help we can get here, as we have been battling viruses here since Christmas time with my husband first and then it just went through my whole house. So, definitely going to be going through your article to see what more we can do to stay healthy and feel better now. Thanks, Carrie!! 🙂

  2. Tasha says:

    Cayenne and ginger soak, eh? I’ve never heard of that one before! I usually use epsom salt but will have to try out your remedy and see how it works out!

  3. I have pinned this, with my auto immune disease I am so careful to not hang out where I know someone is sick and these are some great tips and products for me to stay that way!!! I’ll be referring back to this all winter to keep my entire house germ free, at least the sickie germs!

    • I hope you can get some relief with these homemade remedies and YES keep the sickies away…far away. Take care of yourself my good friend. I’m so sorry you have to deal with that disease, but I admire how you keep going and how you still accomplish so much. You are amazing.

  4. I think people just assume they’re going to get sick every year and don’t realize how easy it really is to prevent – if you’re careful! Of course, not having kids around helps me a lot, but the hand washing is so underrated! Thanks for this timely reminder!!


  5. Ooops, I forgot to say thanks for sharing this with us on Throwback Thursday!! 🙂

  6. Jess says:

    Definitely some great tips you have here!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  7. Audrey says:

    That bath sounds interesting. I’ll have to check out your cough syrup too. Thanks for sharing on the Creative K Kids Tasty Tuesdays Linky Party. I hope you will join us again next week.

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