Drinks and products to help relieve or avoid the cold and flu

Cold and Flu Season Tips to Keep Healthy

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Drinks and products to help relieve or avoid the cold and flu

Homemade and other remedies to help with seasonal illness


Cold and Flu Season Tips to Keep Healthy are here to help! Are you looking for natural remedies that are DIY, and actually work?

These DO make you feel better, help with a sore throat, body aches, helps you sleep and eases those symptoms.  

I have put together for you –

  • Tips 
  • Recipes
  • And ideas I came across
  • Along with other techniques we have used in our family, to combat the flu and cold and chase the aches and pains away.   

At the bottom are links to recipes that you see pictured here and MORE

Because  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 people who are ill if at all possible.
  • Try to stay away from others when you are ill to prevent spreading it.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often, particularly after touching your nose, mouth, etc.
  • Use hand sanitizer.
  • 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 if you feel it going into your lungs, or you think you may be dehydrating.  Serious health issues can arise when a simple cold and flu is not taken care of.
  • Here’s a great article with more tips  10 Ways To Feel Better Now

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

SLEEPYTIME BY CELESTIAL SEASONINGS is a good one when you feel like you are coming down with something, or already have the crud.Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Echinacea Complete Care Wellness Tea Herbal Supplement, 20 Count

This 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 I heard about.  In a nice warm 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)

Cold and Flu Season Tips to Keep Healthy

Cold and Flu Season Tips to Keep Healthy

Soak for 10 minutes or so to release toxins and relieve sore muscles.

To 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 cough less.


Homemade Cough Syrup, click HERE to go to post

Homemade Cough Syrup

Cold and Flu Season Tips to Keep Healthy

Flu- Buster Smoothie, click HERE

Flu Buster Smoothie

Cold and Flu Season Tips to Keep Healthy


Soothing Herbal Tea Remedy HERE

Soothing Herbal Tea Remedy

Cold and Flu Season Tips to Keep Healthy


Cure-All-Get-Well-Drink HERE

Cure-all Get Well Drink

Cold and Flu Season Tips to Keep Healthy

Cold & Flu Fighting Herbal Tea’s HERE

Cold and Flu Herbal Tea's

Cold and Flu Season Tips to Keep Healthy

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, 2018

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.

Better Skin DIY Facial

BEST All Season Natural Homemade Facial

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Better Skin DIY Facial

No Harsh Chemicals, only the BEST for your Skin!

Hoping to avoid expensive products and harsh chemicals on your skin? 

Looking for a way to tighten and make your face glow?

Need a pick-me-up?

Would you like to brighten your face and clean out the every day pollutants?

Want to use only natural ingredients on your skin?

I have the solution to all of these problems for you!

It’s my ‘Do It Yourself Facial’  It can pamper you on a budget while reducing wrinkles and improving elasticity while rejuvenating your pores.

It’s a year-round treatment!



BEST All Season Natural Homemade Facial

Do It Yourself Facial – Right At Home!

Winters that are cold, full of smog/pollution, and maybe a tad bit dreary.

Summers can clog our skin with sunscreens, repellents and sweat.

This homemade facial is a GREAT solution for any time of the year and the ingredients are readily available; making it easy and quick to put together.

Try this once a week or so before bed.  That way, after rinsing it off, it can continue to replenish the moisture that vanishes due to stress, the environment, make up – you know……..


 Here’s some information about the ingredients in this facial:

  Did you know that OATMEAL is amazing for many reasons?

  • It has properties to cleanse
  • It is a natural exfoliate to slough off the dead skin cells.
  • It cleans out pores which invigorates your skin to make it look bright and fresh.
  • It also reduces inflammation which is a primary cause for premature aging skin.


HONEY is excellent for your skin because:

  • It helps with acne to treat it and prevent it because it is a natural antibacterial.
  • It opens pores for deep cleaning of toxins
  • It slows down aging of the skin because it is full of antioxidants

It helps with acne to treat it and prevent it because it is a natural antibacterial.


OLIVE OIL is reported to make your skin softer and smoother and is a natural moisturizer.  A quality product (such as my links claim) will not leave a residue on your skin to clog pores.


Now, here is my recipe for this amazing DIY Homemade Facial

(click on the blue titles to see products)


1 Tbl. Honey

1 Tbl. Olive oil 

1 Tbl. Milk   (use water if you have allergies to milk or dairy products)

2 Tbl. Oatmeal, ground – you can use quick or regular oats, it doesn’t seem to matter the type 



In a small bowl combine the honey, olive oil and milk.

Mix together well.

Pulverize the oatmeal to a powder in a blender. DIY Facial 2

Till it looks like this:

DIY Facial 3In your small bowl, add to the liquid mixture,  2 Tbl, of the ground oatmeal and combine.DIY Facial 4Allow  the mixture to sit for 5-10 minutes so the oatmeal can soften in the liquid combination.DIY Facial 5

Apply mixture generously to the face and neck.

Rub gently in circular motions to massage; making sure to do all of your face and neck.

I like to also put a bit on my lips to exfoliate them.

DIY Homemade facial

Homemade Facial with natural ingredients

Now rinse your skin really well with warm water.  The water needs to be warm enough to dissolve the oil and honey, but not so warm it burns your skin. Pat dry and use your normal skin routine, or allow to sit and rejuvenate your skin. 

This is a terrific way to moisturize and soften your skin on a budget in all seasons.

Copyright of Carrie Groneman, 2014. 2018

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.

Disclaimer: Try a bit of the mixture on a small area of your skin first to make sure you will not have a reaction, or any skin/or other problems. I am not responsible for any issues that may come from trying this homemade remedy, or complications related in any way as I am not a physician or dermatologist.