I don’t want to (nor am I qualified to) give medical advice, although I’m asked constantly what I do for myself and my kids. So, what’s a flu-fearing, germ-wary, busy person supposed to do during cold and flu season? As always, eat well and eat real, exercise and take good care, plus of course, consider all we have compiled below. They are all things that I incorporate into my life, so know they are tried, tested and true. And remember, if you are hit with the flu, this too shall pass.
Thera Wise Vaporizing Rub Many over the counter ointments like vapor rubs contain petroleum along with other nasty chemicals. Soothe away the aches and pains of congestion with all natural, plant based formulas that are paraben and petroleum free (and safe for the whole family). This one from Thera Wise is made from botanical extracts to help your healing process from within. This soothing formula doesn’t make your nose burn when smelling it, and it doesn’t leave you with sticky skin. All Thera Wise products are paraben and petro-chemical free, so what’s good for you is also good for the environment.
All Good Herbal Freeze This is a plant-based muscle pain relief spray proven to provide fast pain relief for sore muscles and achy joints through a carefully formulated blend of herbs and medicinal plants. Whether you’re sore from a workout, suffering from chronic pain or getting your muscles warmed up for a race, you can use Herbal Freeze to take the edge off of muscle pain.
Patch Natural and Biodegradable Adhesive Bandages An all natural adhesive strip that is latex-free, paraben-free, thimerosal-free, and cruelty-free. They’re better for our skin, healing, and our planet!
Dr. Bronner’s Soaps Not all soaps are made to give you the clean wash you’re after. Most strip your skin of essential bacteria that is actually working to keep you healthy and your skin feeling soft. Using 100% natural and organic soap means you aren’t drying out your skin, and you’re not washing your hands with the same toxins that you are trying to remove. It’s vegan, fair-trade, non-gmo, and has no synthetic colour or synthetic fragrance so it’s safe for the entire family to use, and it’s extremely effective. The organic shikakai in this pure-castile liquid soap gives a rich, emollient lather and a moisturizing after feel.
Coyuchi Organic Cotton Bath Towels Cotton is considered the world’s ‘dirtiest’ crop due to its insane use and overuse of insecticides, hazardous to our overall health. Choosing organic cotton or other eco-happy fibre towels are best (and safest) for our skin and our world. It’s amazing how widely available organic cotton options are now, and you no longer have to break the bank to get the quality you deserve.
EO’s Organic Hand Sanitizer Spray Simply spray and rub this non-gmo, organic formula into your palms until dry for clean healthy hands. It soothes and sanitizes with fragrant lavender essential oil, echinacea extract, vegetable glycerin and vitamin E (that’s it).
Lead-free Neti Pot Flush it out. Maybe on first glance a neti pot might seem like a gross process, but we promise you, it’s a life changing habit – once you use it for the first time, you’ll be hooked! This all-natural system (all you need is non-iodized salt from your kitchen cabinet) will keep your nasal passages clear. The bonus? It’s also available in junior versions so the whole family can heal.
Four Sigmatic Instant Chaga Tea A warm, tasty, healing brew. Stir this mushroom dual extract and herbal blend powder into a cup of hot water (great in cool water and smoothies, too) to help you strengthen your immune system and fight against pathogens – who needs a pill when you can drink natural wellness?
Turmeric Tea’s Winter Blend A warming and healing, caffeine-free blend of ginger, cinnamon, turmeric root, liquorice root, and black pepper that is ideal for cold winter days and nights.
Bioflavia Organic red wine grape seed powder (no, not alcoholic!). Bursting with antioxidants, this superfood booster kicks you with a high dose of vitamin C (to help kick that cold), and tastes delicious. Bonus that it is a homegrown Canadian, organic product!
The Cutting Veg Global Garlic grown organically in Ontario. Most garlic that you buy in a grocery store is imported from China. Farmer Daniel grows approximately 20 varieties of garlic originating from various places around the globe. We promise, you will taste the difference.
Virgin Raw’s Bee Panacea 20 superfoods (like spirulina and maca root) and Chinese and Ayurveda herbs (like shilajit and rishi mushrooms), infused with raw, royal honey that will give you a boost when you’re down, and keep you balanced when you’re well. Add it to your tea or smoothie, or eat it right out of the glass jar.
Beekeeper’s Naturals 100% Canadian made high grade bee propolis (95% extract). It is a great source of antioxidants, tastes great, and is gluten, dairy and alcohol free with no added sugar. Experience sore throat relief with just three ingredients: bee propolis, non-GMO vegetable glycerin and purified water!
Caboo 2ply facial tissues that are made from renewable bamboo and sugarcane. They are 100%biodegradable, super absorbent, and are soft enough for sensitive skin.
The Wildly Natural Seaweed Powder Bathe to soothe your skin and stimulate your senses. With only the best hand-harvested brown seaweed and naturally nourishing ingredients selected from around the world, you get the benefits of detoxifying all while renewing and improving the condition of your skin, even severe chronic issues like redness and flaking.
Viral Support This formula contains organic cane alcohol, spring water, and organic, wild crafted, or grown chemical free Andrographis, Pau D’Arco, Lemon Balm, Baikal Skullcap, Camu Camu, Licorice, Olive Leaf, Thyme, Chapparal, and Turkey Tail. It’s the perfect blend for those who want to incorporate liquid extracts into their healing.
Moonshine Mama Turmeric Elixir Raw and organic sources of Vitamin C; healing and soothing, and invigorating. Delicious on its own, with distilled spirits, and in a hot toddy.
Alchemy Pickle Company Fire Tonic This naturally fermented tonic is made with all organic ingredients (as are all of their products), and is a traditional remedy used to fortify the immune system against colds and flu. With apple cider vinegar, onion, garlic, horseradish, hot pepper, ginger, turmeric, raw honey, elderberry, black pepper, take it straight as a shot, or mix with water juice or tea.
Fire Cider Honey Free Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic This tonic is full of raw, organic, health-promoting ingredients like garlic, ginger, onions, horseradish, spicy peppers, turmeric, black pepper, and citrus fruit in a base of raw organic apple cider vinegar. They let the vinegar extract all the plants’ beneficial compounds and flavors over the course of several weeks for a distinctive fresh-foods taste that’s potent and energizing.
Giddy Yoyo Chlorella This single-celled fresh water grown green algae contains high levels of chlorophyll and is known for its detoxifying and immune boosting properties.