The flu can strike with super speed.
Three weeks ago my daughter became very ill. Within a few short hours she went from feeling fine to feeling absolutely miserable. I suspected the flu and when she was tested, it confirmed my suspicion. Her fever spiked high, and stayed elevated for days. She shivered with chills one moment and was soaked in sweat the next. She felt achy, had terrible headaches, and was miserable for days. She looked deathly ill. As a mother, seeing her like this was frightening.
Since nobody else in the family had gotten a flu shot, it was imperative to do all we could to keep the virus from spreading to anyone else.
The Good News: Nobody else got sick.
What did we do to prevent the spread of the flu in our home?
- I kept our daughter separated from the rest of the family.
- Keep the sick person to a separate room if possible.
- Have them use their own bathroom, if possible.
If you do not have an extra bathroom to spare, make sure to disinfect all areas that are touched often, and make sure each person uses their own towels (hand and body towels). Also, remember to put fresh towels out often and wash used ones with HOT water.
IMPORTANT: Everyone Must Wash Hands
- I washed my hands so much, they became rough, cracked, and dry. (Coconut oil helped.)
- Wash hands all the time – before you prepare food, before you eat, after tending to the sick person, after coming home from the store, after doing laundry, after using the bathroom… You can’t wash your hands too much.)
- I can’t stress enough: Washing hands is a major factor in keeping a virus from spreading.
- Wash hands thoroughly (use soap, warm water, up to elbow – for a lengthy time.
- To ensure you are washing hands long enough, sing to yourself: “Wash, wash, wash your hands, wash your hands all day…” to the tune of “Row Row Row Your Boat” or sing “Happy Birthday to you” TWICE! (Trust me, it works, for children as well as adults. Try it and you may find that you do not normally wash your hands for that length of time)
- Try not to touch your face.
- I cleaned all surfaces daily and disinfected sinks, water faucets, door knobs, light switches, phones, remotes every few hours. It felt like spring cleaning on steroids.
- Keep ALL areas of the home clean, especially those things that the sick person may come in contact with.
- Wash all dishes in your dishwasher as hot as you are able. Sanitize if possible.
- If you do not have a dishwasher, use extremely hot, soapy water to wash dishes.
- Use CLEAN dish rags, sponges, towels when cleaning dishes, counters, and other areas of the house, then throw them into a sanitizing hot water cycle in your washer.
Nourish Your Body
- Remember that food is medicine
- Drink Bone Broth – Boost for your Immune System!
- Eat Chicken Soup
- Eat lots of fruits and vegetables
- Use LOTS of garlic. I put garlic into anything I could think of. I added it cooked to broths, soups, and vegetables and added raw garlic to salads. Eating garlic, especially raw – even by itself – is good for you any time, but particularly when fighting the flu and cold virus.
- Eat honey. We ate raw honey, a spoonful at a time. It helped my daughter with her cough and soothed her throat. We all had several spoonfuls a day, by itself, as well as added to herbal tea.
- Stay hydrated with bone broth, herbal tea and water.
- Drink lots of warm, herbal tea. Hibiscus, Rosehips, Mint, Green, Lemon Ginger. Feel free to add flavor and extra vitamins and immunity boosting additives by adding things like honey, fresh lemon juice, orange juice, lime juice, ginger or cinnamon (whole)
- Diffuse Essential Oils. Beneficial one to diffuse: Oregano Oil, Cinnamon Oil, Eucalyptus Oil
- Take supplements: Elderberry, Zinc, Vitamin C, Vitamin D3
- Oregano oil and Cinnamon oil can also be taken internally and are helpful in fighting the flu. For more information watch this video.
- Use a humidifier in the sick room. If it has a vapor chamber, you could add eucalyptus oil.
- Mix Coconut Oil with Cinnamon- and Eucalyptus Essential Oils and spread the mixture on your chest before getting into a hot shower. The steam / mix combination will help open up nasal passages and help loosen up chest congestion. For more information, watch this video.
Get LOTS of Rest
- Listen to your body.
- If you are tired and you are able, sleep.
- You will get better rest if the room is dark and electronics are off.
- Give yourself time to get better. It takes at least a week to get better. Don’t rush.
- If you’re thinking of returning to work or sending your child back to school, remember that this virus is very contagious. As much as you might be missed at work or school, nobody wants the flu. Do your co-workers and other students a favor and get well before you return to work or school.
- According to the CDC: The incubation period for the flu is about 1-4 days. You are contagious for 5-7 days once symptoms appear. Some people and especially children can even pass the virus on for 2 weeks after symptoms appear. So please, be nice to others and stay at home until you are well. To read more…