Staying Healthy in 2014

I’m not advocating flu shots. Each of us must make an informed decision if we want the vaccine or not. H1N1 cases have been reported in Chicago on December 27, 2013.

If you would like to know more, here is a link to an excellent site that will keep you informed with the latest updates.

wash hands

Simple steps will do much to prevent contact with the virus. Wash your hands often in plain soap and hot water. Use paper towels instead of cloth towels for drying. Cover your nose and mouth if possible when coughing or sneezing. Keep your distance in public and try to avoid overcrowded malls and public transportation.

Carry hand sanitizer and alcohol wipes for use in public places. Fill a spray bottle with alcohol and water, and use this for spraying the bottom of your shoes after you’ve been outside.

You could also prepare herbal sprays as well. 15 drops of tea tree oil added to one cup of water, mix well, pour into a spray bottle.  Use the tea tree spray for disinfecting your hands. You can also spray this mixture on damp paper towels and use the towels for wiping shopping carts, door handles, and the toilet seat. There are quite a few essential oils and dried herbs that are potent bacteria killers. Check the Archives on the main page for recipes and information about how to prepare teas, tinctures, steam inhalation, herbal cough drops.

First line of defense is a healthy immune system. Drink plenty of water, eat fresh fruits and vegetables, get 8 hours of rest. Exercise is important, a daily walk or riding a bike. Vitamins are very important. Vitamin D and C are the best for maintaining a healthy immune system. So are garlic capsules. Healthy soups and stews provide us with nutrients and vitamins as well. Drink plenty of fresh lemon water, herbal teas, low sodium V-8 juice. Learn to manage stress levels, so you don’t feel tired and depressed.

Plain soap for handwashing, don’t touch your face, don’t touch your lips with your hands, carry a mask with you at all times. Don’t share cups, eating utensils. Try to avoid people who have the flu. Just simple things to do so you can possibly avoid the flu and colds.

Be well. Blessings going out to our readers.

~ Meadow Walker

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