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“Easiest Ways to Battle Cold & Flu Season”

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Cold & flu season is not the most exciting time, especially if you have children in school. Often, no matter how you prepare, you are left with the ickies in your house.

Here are a few of our favorite remedies and ways we try to prevent getting sick:


Shu Flu Chicken Soup

 

Ingredients

4 bone in/skin-on chicken breasts
1 gallon water
7-9 carrots, diced large
7 stalks celery, halves lengthwise and chopped
1 large white onion, chopped
2 Tbs organic chicken base
½ tsp tumeric
salt to taste

Topping

1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
juice from 1 lime
8 cloves garlic, minced
4 large tomatoes, diced
1 fresh jalapeno, minced
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Turn burner to high and in a large stock pot, boil chicken in 1 gal of water. Once cooked through remove chicken and place on cutting board to cool. Reduce temperature to med/high and add carrots, celery, onions, chicken base and tumeric. While that is cooking prepare the fresh tomato topping by mixing the cilantro, lime juice, garlic, tomatoes, jalapeno, salt and pepper in a large bowl and place in refrigerator to chill.

Remove skin and bones from chicken and shred/dice to desired bite size pieces.

When the vegetables are cooked to your liking (I prefer a bite to mine) remove from the heat and add the chicken. Taste for salt and add as needed.

Once finished ladle into a bowl and put the fresh tomato mixture on top. This will cool the soup a little and provide a kick that will clear your sinuses in no time. If you don’t like spicy then you can replace jalapeno with bell pepper. Keeping the tomato mixture fresh and cold is an essential part to this recipe. Every ingredient in this soup has a purpose to fight the flu. Enjoy!

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Essential Oils

We love essential oils and are big fans of their healing properties. When you have a cold with chills and a fever, the best oils to reduce the fever are chamomile, black pepper, peppermint, hyssop, lemon and tea tree. These oils can be applied by means of a cool compress to the head or a few drops can be added to a lukewarm bath.

If you have reached the achy joints and sore muscles stage, the best oils for massaging stiff sore areas are tea tree, eucalyptus, ginger, black pepper, rosemary, cypress and lavender.

If the cold has progressed to the congested stage, burning them by the bedside in an aroma lamp will help. Some recommended oils for congestion are sandalwood, eucalyptus, cedarwood, peppermint, rosemary, frankincense and hyssop.

Here is another article that we've featured that will help:
Protect and Prevent Your Kids from the Cold and Flu

Cleaning your hands and disinfecting surfaces may not be enough to protect your home this cold and flu season. 
On average, Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors where the air is up to five times more polluted than it is outside. Our homes contain airborne pollutants like germs and viruses – leading causes of cold and flu.

The 4 Step Process 


According to the Fellowes 2014 Cold and Flu Report, half (46%) of Americans are somewhat or very concerned about getting sick during cold and season. And while 60 percent of survey respondents encourage frequent hand washing with soap and water and nearly half (40%) frequently clean surfaces in the home using a disinfectant, a 4-step process is truly necessary to reducing cold and flu season risk in the home:


1. Ask about a flu shot 

2. Wash and sanitize hands regularly 

3. Wipe down surfaces with powerful disinfectants 

4. Purify the air indoors
 

Follow the 4-step process and be sure to add an air purifier to your cold and flu prevention arsenal in 2014. Fellowes® AeraMax™ Air Purifiers are extremely effective at removing influenza and cold viruses from indoor air7 and offer the following features:

o True HEPA filters. Only a True HEPA filter – like the one found inside the Fellowes AeraMax™ DX55 – safely removes 99.97% of airborne particles, including viruses, germs, dust, mold, pollen, ragweed, pet dander and cigarette smoke.

o Independent certifications. The new Fellowes AeraMax™ DX-55 comes with certifications from the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) and the California Air Resource Board (CARB), Certified asthma & allergy friendly™ by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), UL Listed and Energy Star-Certified.

The Fellowes AeraMax DX55 starts at $189.99 at BestBuy.com
 

The Fellowes AeraMax DX55 starts at $189.99 at BestBuy.com

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